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The Westbury Times - Schools

Stairway To Awareness

Members of the Carle Place Union Free School District represented the STAIR (Success Through Applied Instructional Research) program at the Long Island Walk Now for Autism Speaks event, held Oct. 6 at Jones Beach Field 5. The annual walk helps generate funds and awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism.


“The STAIR program has been operating in the Carle Place School District for over a decade,” said Carle Place special education teacher Lauren Perazzo. “These classrooms are designed to use research-based approaches to educate students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and severe developmental disabilities.” 


Over the last several years, the Carle Place team has raised more than $8,000 for autism research. District students also conduct fundraisers annually to raise money for the cause. “With more funds available for scientific research, greater advancements can be achieved to solving the mystery of the puzzle we know as autism,” said Perazzo.


-From the Carle Place School District