By Joe Nunziata
“Autism is one of the most misunderstood conditions in our society today,” explains Luisa DeCicco, PhD of DeCicco & Sons. “During April - Autism Awareness Month - we are supporting Autism Speaks - an autism advocacy organization - throughout our Larchmont and Harrison stores, so we’re asking our customers to please join us again in this cause”. Similar to last year’s successful efforts, customers can donate at the cashiers and have an Autism Speaks Support Card proudly displayed in the stores.
The Quality First theme line of DeCicco & Sons goes beyond their aisles of produce and groceries, and into altruistic initiatives to improve the quality of life throughout Westchester County. Whether it be hands-on volunteering, creating visionary programs to help those in need, or actively supporting many charitable causes,.. such as understanding Autism.
According to Autism Speaks, 1 out of 68 children in America have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and many people still do not understand it. With corporate partners such as DeCicco & Sons, they are able to spread the word throughout the communities, with clarity and purpose. The funds collected are directed toward research, ASD family initiatives, and education. The goal is to empower people who have autism (and their families) with resources, online tools and information covering the life span.
Autism refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. It has been found that a clear understanding of this condition among children greatly reduces bullying and hostility. “Education is the key”, added Luisa DeCicco.
To find resources, make a donation or join the 2018 Fundraising Walk on June 3rd, visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.