THE NYC AUTISM COMMUNITY GROUP AND THE FOUNDERS OF THE NYC AUTISM TECH INNOVATION AND CAREERS EXPO ANNOUNCE THEIR NEW NON-PROFIT, THE AUTISM INNOVATION COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
EMPOWERING FAMILIES WITH INNOVATION AND INSPIRATION
Richard Schreiber Shares Ideas That Have Brought Happiness and Confidence to His Daughter and Family and others with autism.
Announcing: The Autism Innovation Community Foundation
Wednesday, March 7th 2023
“[As] the parent of a young woman diagnosed with neurodiversity and [having extensive professional experience in this field, attending Richard Schreiber’s July 2022 NYC Autism Summit, gave me] a whole new, innovative perspective [regarding] possible imbalances in specific areas of the brain [and] I also enjoyed listening to the presentations by individuals diagnosed with various types of neurodiversity [as they shared] strategies they had found most helpful as they have navigated through their lives.”
–Kimberly S-Ceccarelli, BCBA, LABA
Massachusetts Public Schools
(NEW YORK, NY – March 7, 2023) Like countless parents throughout the U.S., and especially the millions whose family includes a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), New York resident Richard Schreiber has seen firsthand how challenging the past few years have been, due to emergency health precautions, mandated learn-at-home education and other pandemic-related factors.
On October 22nd, Schreiber and a panel representing a wide range of expertise in the field of working with young people affected by ASD, held the 2022 Autism Tech, Innovation and Careers Expo at New York City’s High School of Art and Design. The topics covered by a variety of presentations were all designed to showcase innovative new developments and breakthrough information designed to make life easier for these families, and to empower young people living with ASD. This all-day event also featured important new information from global experts on the latest technological breakthroughs, innovative products and new career opportunities designed to provide a bright future for all young people.
For more than six years, Richard Schreiber and his wife Maggie considered a wide range of pharmaceutical, behavioral and therapeutic approaches as they sought to make their daughter’s life easier. He recalls many years of frustration as they tirelessly explored various ideas shared by the medical community, many of which proved to be ineffective. Katarina at her elementary school graduation told her dad, “For six years here nobody wanted to be my friend.” It was a watershed moment for Schreiber’s family.
That ultimately led the Schreiber family down a path towards more holistic, alternative and more innovative supports for Katarina which transformed her years later into the young woman she is today—drug free and confident in herself and her abilities as an expert cartoonist in high school.
At the Expo last fall, recognizing the powerful impact that the right solutions can have for children and families, Richard Schreiber teamed up with numerous respected experts and innovators to showcase a wide range of new ideas. “Most of the parents in the autism community who I’ve spoken with over the years,” he says, “are just as dissatisfied with most of the so-called solutions offered by the mainstream autism service organizations, and they are desperate for approaches that make a genuine
Inspired by the success of the first annual Autism Tech Innovation and Careers Expo, The NYC Autism Community Group has launched a non-profit, the Autism Innovation Community Foundation to fund and host future Autism Expos and ultimately to create a technology platform, the Autism Innovation Network (AIM) to provide access to autism solutions and services around the country and world.
AIM’s goal is to host as many of the innovative, alternative and tech autism solution providers on the platform and make them accessible to parents of autism family members or autistic individuals themselves through a uniform browser-based portal.
In addition, the new foundation will create a fund to provide seed and pre seed money for budding autism startups and entrepreneurs to help accelerate their research and initial growth.
Richard Schreiber is available for interviews, to offer more on the goals and objectives of his autism organizations and non-profits.
For interviews or to arrange media coverage, contact:
Richard Schreiber Founder NYC Autism Community Group/Autism Innovation
Tom Martin – Tom Martin Media, LLC