Annual Events

Paul’s College Basketball Madness Fundraiser

My name is Paul Morris. I was diagnosed with autism at age 2 & was nonverbal until age 5. Today, I live alone, work two jobs & am a proud self-advocate. I am a strong supporter of the Autism Science Foundation, & am the co-chair of their annual Wall Street Rides FAR 5K family trail walk.

I am also a life-long college basketball fan. Some of my favorite teams are Lafayette, Princeton, Vermont, Pepperdine, San Diego, Richmond, Northeastern, Iona, Penn, Columbia, Fordham, Delaware, UCONN, Austin Peay, Marist, & St. Francis (PA). In celebration of March Madness, every year I raise money for the Autism Science Foundation, & its mission to support autism research. Your donation will help fund important scientific research that can help future generations of individuals with autism like myself.

Thank you for participating in my fundraiser, & celebrating one of my favorite times of the year – March Madness!

– Paul Morris 

Special Thanks to the Advisory Board:

Donovan Williams from Longwood University’s Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach: 

Christine Woods from University of Pennsylvania’s Women’s Basketball Director of Operations

Andrew Radomicki from Lafayette College’s Men’s Basketball Director of Operations

Joe DiBari from Fordham University’s Sports Information Director

Amanda Goodwin from Columbia University’s Ticket Manager

Day of Learning

Join us or the autism community’s annual TED-style science conference. Breakfast and lunch will be served, followed by a festive dessert buffet. TED talks are thoughtful, 15-minute distillations of critical issues. Click here to learn more about this year’s Day of Learning.

Wall Street Rides FAR

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Autumn leaves, the lower Hudson Valley, and a community coming together to change lives. That’s Wall Street Rides FAR (For Autism Research), a glorious cycling event to benefit the Autism Science Foundation. Held in Westchester County in the fall, this annual event is organized by autism advocates Bryan Harkins and Melissa Moo Harkins.

During Ride FAR, hundreds of riders—a mix of avid cyclists and weekend recreational riders—will venture from Saxon Woods County Park on a fully-supported journey of the scenic roads north of New York City. With a choice of four cycling distances and challenge levels, from a 4-mile family ride to a 62-mile, hilly metric century, plus our new 5K walk, you’ll be supported—nurtured, really—by our volunteer crew. With rest stops every 15 miles, so magical we call them “Oases,” ample route marking, safety monitors at tricky intersections, bike techs, and sweep vans if you need them, our crew will take care of almost any need you can imagine, and a great many you never thought of. Wall Street Rides FAR is a leaf-peeping cyclist’s utopia.

Learn more about the event on its website.

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Rockland County Autism Symposium

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The Rockland County Autism Symposium is an annual day-long learning event for special education teachers, regular education teachers, parents and other stakeholders. Each year, presenters are researchers, officials, and professionals that speak on the most current topics regarding autism. The symposium is hosted by the Venture Foundation and co-sponsored by Mindworks and the Autism Science Foundation.

The 2017 event featured outstanding presentations from Dr. Ami Klin and Dr. Celine Saulnier of Emory University, Dr. Pamela Feliciano of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, and Chad Colarusso and Joy Stockwell of the NY Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.

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Joshua Diehl, PhD, of Notre Dame presented on robotic “co-therapists” at the 2013 symposium.

Recipe4Hope

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During the holidays, we celebrate family, tradition, love, and of course eat lots of delicious food! Everyone has a hand in preparing the big holiday meal—chopping veggies, whipping up goodies and setting the table. The holiday meal nourishes us as we gather around the table to honor the past and savor the promise of a new year together.

Autism research also requires this kind of teamwork and hope. At the Autism Science Foundation, we fund scientists who are learning about the causes of autism and developing new treatments, asking new questions and working in teams to improve the lives of people with autism. Each new year holds the opportunity for all of us to enhance the lives of our family members with autism.

Just as it takes a whole family to fix the holiday feast, and large teams of scientists to develop new autism treatments, it takes a community of supporters to make ASF’s annual year-end fundraising campaign, the Recipe4Hope, a success. 100% of your donation to our Recipe4Hope campaign will go directly to funding pre- and postdoctoral grants that put young autism researchers to work unlocking the causes of autism and finding treatments that make a difference.

Our 2017 Family

2017 r4h family The Rolston Family