2001-03-17 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Andrew and Pamela Bauman are the dynamic leaders of New York Families for Autistic Children.

New York Families for Autistic Children  "was established to assist families in accessing the best possible information and support and giving families a place to work out the high emotional weight a diagnosis of autism can have on a family.  NYFAC is about sharing information on the diversity of individualized approaches and teaching methodologies that help our children to grow and develop," according to their stated objectives.

Pamela and Andrew Bauman and Ruth Cirello are committed to the importance of helping families and extended family members - grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends - to become deeply engaged in the educational and emotional support required to assist families in helping their child with developmental disabilities.

Andrew and Pamela Bauman and Ruth Cirello, in conjunction with the Board of Directors of NYFAC, are doing an outstanding service for all families by alerting educators, elected officials, the media and medical professionals to the urgent needs of these children and their families. Research has shown that intensive intervention as soon as the diagnosis is made is critical to the needs of these children.  The Baumans and NYFAC are fighting to have these services available immediately upon request. They are not willing to settle for long waiting lists and unnecessary delays in service.

The mission statement of NYFAC is "Helping Parents, Helping Children, One Family At A Time".

The third annual dinner dance and awards celebration of NYFAC was held at Russo's.  My mother Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, New York State Regent, and I attended this dinner. The honorees for the year 2001 are: Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (received the Guardian Angel Award); Carol Verdi, ACSW, SAS/SDA (received the Excellence in Parent Support Award); Heart Share First Step Schools (received the Significant Contributions to the Mission of NYFAC Award); Michael Matarazzo (received the Determination Award); Joseph Trance (received the Dedicated Service Award); Laura Quinn, Brian Snider and Michael Brincat (received the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award). Congratulations to all the honorees.

A special note of thank you to Andrew and Pamela Bauman and Ruth Cirello for all the work that they have done and continue to do on behalf of children and families.  They have a long history of demonstrated competence, effectiveness and achievement as outstanding spokesperson for children and families with autism.

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