Queens College students mark Autism Awareness Day
by Jeremiah Rivera
Apr 15, 2016 | 6571 views | 1 1 comments | 198 198 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students at Queens College were encouraged to learn more about autism, its treatment, and diagnosis at a fundraiser outside of the Student Union building on the Flushing campus last week.

“I’ve always wanted to help kids with autism and spread awareness as much as I can,” said Daniel Eleyahouzadeh, director of the Queens College Friendship Circle. “All the money raised at this event will go to the Autism Speaks Foundation.”

In addition to the Friendship Circle, the Autism Awareness Day was hosted by the Queens College Student Association and South Asian Student Association.

The event had a live DJ to entertain students, who were able to purchase Autism Awareness t-shirts and get Henna tattoos.

It comes on the heals of the 8th annual World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Autism now affects one in 68 children, including one in 42 boys, who are five time more likely to suffer from Autism, which has no cure or medical detection.

Organizations that provide services to individuals and families affected by Autism were invited to the event to help spread awareness.

One such organization was the SIBS Club, a program designed to enhance relationships and interactions between children with autism and their siblings. Children are able to learn critical skills through sibling group and inclusive recreation activities

“We are a program run out of the Queens College campus that works with families of children with autism,” said Emily Jones, co-director of the SIBS Club and Assistant Professor at Queens College. “We also provide help to students in training them to become service provider, and guide students who want to become special education majors.”
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Larry Hirsch
April 26, 2016
I began a bowling program for the mentally challenged in 1969 and we are still running every Sunday morning from September until the middle of May. We have 145 bowlers of all abilities. Some are in wheel chairs and others that need ramps, plus a very competitive group of 80 bowlers.

When we began our year some Queens College students signed on as volunteers but never returned. We bowl at Jib lanes, a stones throw from the college. It is a great way to help this population and see how they tick. Plus anyone who wishes to service this group after graduation can learn much from our director Tom Lydon who is the COO of Lifespire. Lifespire has been servicing people with Special needs since 1951.Our last day of bowling for this year is May 22nd. Come down to Jib lanes and sign up for next season. For more info call Tom Lydon at 917-215-4839 or Larry Hirsch 718- 268- 6922