On March 28th Yes She Can will present the Advocates for Adults with Autism Awards to Ron Suskind, Lesli Cattan, and Amy Gravino. Join us to celebrate their contributions and learn about their significant roles locally, nationally, and worldwide.
We will also share the progress we have made in our job skills development program. You’ll hear from job coaches and trainees, and you’ll have an opportunity to shop from our Girl AGain collection.
Lisa & Randy Siegel Doris Perez
Meet our honorees
Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer-winning journalist, bestselling author, and the founder and CEO of Sidekicks. Ron’s latest bestseller, Life, Animated (2014), chronicles his family’s twenty-year journey raising and connecting to their autistic son. The Suskind family is also the subject of an award-winning documentary feature of the same name (2016). Their story has driven activism and research about compensatory strengths of those with autism and others who are “differently-abled” due to distinctive neurology or sociocultural backgrounds. Ron’s company, Sidekicks, is leading efforts to build a next generation of augmentative technologies to lift and support these communities.
Ron’s other works include Confidence Men (2011), about the fall of the U.S. economy and the presidency of Barack Obama; The Way of the World (2008), about the forces fighting the global “hearts and minds” struggle at a time when awesomely destructive weapons are available to the common man; The One Percent Doctrine (2006), about how the U.S. government frantically improvised to fight a new kind of war after 9/11; The Price of Loyalty (2004), about the inner workings of the American government and Presidency of George W. Bush; and A Hope in the Unseen (1998), a nonfiction narrative that helped redefine national debates on race, class and achievement.
Ron often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Ron was the Wall Street Journal’s senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy Suskind, and lectures about narrative and justice at Harvard Law School.
Lesli Cattan, developed her professional interest as a college student volunteering in a service organization that took young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on outdoor adventure trips. Working with the residential staff, other students and the young adults with disabilities, together they figured out how to prepare for and enjoy cross-country skiing trips in frigid weather in Northern Minnesota, rafting trips on the Current River in Missouri and numerous local camping and hiking trips. These experiences were lessons in resiliency and integration and finding joy in the face of challenges.
Lesli worked as a direct care professional and house manager for several group homes, later acquiring a clinical social work degree. At Westchester Jewish Community Services, she founded and lead the mental health clinic for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has led social skills groups, socialization groups, parent support groups; provided individual and family therapy; taught numerous classes on understanding co-occurring disorders, sensory integration, stress management and secondary trauma.
For the past 10 years Lesli has overseen a case management program, transition and forensic services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health. She launched and co-facilitates the Westchester Autism Advisory Committee and serves as a resource to individuals, families and providers in the field of developmental disabilities always looking to use those early lessons in her endeavors to connect, support and advocate for individuals with autism and their families.
Amy Gravino, is a Certified Autism Specialist and the president of A.S.C.O.T. Coaching. Amy offers autism consulting, mentoring, and college coaching services for individuals on the autism spectrum.
Amy is a professional national speaker who has given two TED talks and presented to numerous audiences on a variety of topics, including autism and sexuality; preventing and ending bullying; issues related to girls and autism; growing up on the spectrum; and autism and transitioning to secondary education.
She also currently serves on the Board of the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City, the Self-Advocate Advisory Board for the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, and co-facilitates the Morris County chapter support group meetings for ASPEN-NJ.
Amy’s writing has been published in a variety of outlets, including the textbook Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education, the Reader’s Digest book The Best Life Stories, “Autism Spectrum Quarterly” magazine, the official blog of Autism Speaks, and more. She is now authoring The Naughty Autie, a memoir of her experiences with dating, relationships, and sexuality from the firsthand perspective of a woman on the autism spectrum. Learn more about Amy at AmyGravino.com
You are invited to become a sponsor of the Yes She Can benefit, Advocates for Adults with Autism Awards. All proceeds will support Yes She Can’s unique job skills development program at Girl AGain boutique in White Plains, NY.
- 1 premium table at the event seated with honorees
- Full page color ad in journal
- Acknowledgement from podium
- Logo on all event signage and promotions
- Information table at event
- Permanent logo on Yes She Can website
- Guest blog post on Yes She Can website
- Video interview on Yes She Can YouTube channel
- Shopping spree at Girl AGain valued at $500
Gold $ 2,500
- 1 preferred table at the event
- Full page b&w ad in journal
- Acknowledgement from podium
- Logo on all event signage
- Guest blog post on Yes She Can website
- 5 seats at preferred table
- half page b&w ad in journal
- Logo on event signage
- 2 seats at preferred table
- quarter page b&w ad inside journal
All sponsors will be featured in social media.
Download here for the full packet: AAAA sponsorship invite package
For further information contact info@YesSheCanInc.org or call the Yes She Can office at 914-428-1258
Sponsorship is tax deductible.
Share your message with our attendees. We have several opportunities to be included in our journal.
|Inside front cover – 4 color||5”x 8”||$1500|
|Inside back cover – 4 color||5”x 8”||$1500|
|Full page – b&w||5”x 8”||$750|
|Half page – b&w||5”x 4”||$500|
|Quarter page – b&w||2 ½” x 4”||$300|
|Friends Message and Tweet||140 characters (including your Twitter handle and hashtags)||$50|
Download the journal ad request form here: AAAA Journal ad request form 2017
Join our Committee:
- 7:45 am Registration opens
- 8:00 am Buffet breakfast
- 8:20 am Presentation, keynote and awards
- 9:55 am Conclude
- 10:00 am Sale of Girl AGain merchandise, including doll centerpieces
Reid Castle, Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY 10577
General parking is at lower level, then walk up hill. Handicap parking is in front of the castle building.