Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board

Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board

Overview

In November of 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law Chapter 469 of 2016 (Mental Hygiene § 13.42), which created the Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board (the Board) to help provide guidance and information to New York policymakers, individuals with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis (ASD), and families seeking reliable information regarding available services and supports. 

The board has the following tasks and duties:
(1) Study and review the effectiveness of supports and services currently being provided to people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders;
(2) Identify legislative and regulatory activity which may be required to improve existing service systems that support people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders;
(3) Identify methods of improving interagency coordination of services and maximize the impact and effectiveness of services and agency functions;
(4)  Identify strategies and methods of improving outreach and coordination of services associated with autism spectrum disorders for minority group members including, but not limited to, African American, Latino and Asian children; and
(5) Such other matters as may be deemed appropriate by the members of the board. 

The Autism Board is interested in hearing your questions, concerns and ideas at [email protected].

Membership

APPOINTED MEMBERS

  • Courtney Burke, Chairperson
  • Mary Elizabeth Boatfield
  • Andrea Bonafiglia
  • Mary Lou Cancellieri
  • Charles Massimo
  • Joshua Mirsky
  • Dr. Robert E. Myers III
  • Patrick Paul
  • Michael Gilberg
  • Shaun Z. Hymes 

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

  • Chris Tosado, New York State Council on Children and Families
  • Sarah Kuriakose, New York State Office for Mental Health
  • Vicky Hiffa, New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
  • Myla Harrison, New York State Department of Health
  • Ceylane Meyers-Ruff, New York State Education Department
  • Chris Suriano, New York State Education Department
  • Dr. Helen Yoo, New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
  • Dr. Jill Pettinger, New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

SELF-ADVOCATE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Kristin Thatcher 
  • Mike Tripodi 
  • Stephen Katz 
  • Sean Culkin
  • Matt Graham

Neurodiversity Flag

red, white and gold flag. A red infinity symbol inside a white diamond.

Artist: Josh Mirsky

 

Meetings

Meeting Transcriptions

Autism Board Reports

Other Resources