What's Happening Around CSAAC
CSAAC’s media blitz continues….
last story of a whirlwind week (from WJLA). Please
click here and watch
The Washington Post story on the In-Focus Project is
expected to reach a national audience and is being
explored by additional media outlets.
WJLA will provide coverage of the In-Focus Project this
evening as part of their 5PM newscast.
For families who live in Montgomery County, Ian Paregol
offered some insight into CSAAC for the local community
and served as member of the Montgomery Week in Review
panel. The program will be aired via Montgomery Channel
21 tonight (4/10/14) at 8PM.
Voice of America is returning to CSAAC on 4/16 to add to
its content from the Cherry Blossom shoot for a feature
that will air later this month.
"In-Focus" Photographers Celebrate and Capture the National
Cherry Blossoms Festival
On April 9, 2014, the CSAAC "In-Focus" Photographers: Brian,
James, Matt, Jimmie and Joe, along with their support staff:
Agyemang Nkrumah, Alexander Boateng, Rene Gonzales and
Samuel Akoi visited the Tidal Basin, home of the annual
National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC to
capture the beauty of the cherry blossoms through the lens
of autism. This photo shoot was lead by the In-Focus
instructor and co-founder, Craig Pardini and Executive
Director, Ian Paregol. This is the fourth year that the
class participated in this activity designed to strengthen
the photographers entrepreneurial and photographic skills
while developing community connections and heightening
Sometimes individuals with autism are better able to express
themselves in photographs than in words. The In-Focus
Project was developed so that individuals with autism with
an interest in the arts could take photographs throughout
the community and provide neurotypical viewers with a small
window of what they see as important in their world. This
program gives the participants the resources and supports
that they need to become competent visual artists. The
In-Focus Project photographers have a voice through these
photos, and thereby, whether verbal and non-verbal, they
each gain a chance to tell their stories in photographs.
The members of the In-Focus Project were interviewed by WNEW,
WTOP, WJLA, the Voice of America and they will be featured
in the Washington Post on April 10th. Presently,
some of their work is on display at the Universities of
Shady Grove in conjunction with Madison House Autism
Foundation in an exhibit called, "Through Our Eyes.”
Photos can be purchased at
Please enjoy a few slides from today’s photo shoot by
here. (We don’t know who had more fun, the individuals,
the staff or the media who covered this event.)
To read some of the media coverage of the In-Focus Project
Cherry Blossom photo shoot, see the following links.
Click here to view the 'Through their eyes' article that
appeared on the front page of the Metro section in the
Washington Post featuring the In-Focus Photographers.
Click here to view the In-Focus story on WTOP.
Click here to view the In-Focus story on WNEW. Click
here to see in the news.
story of a whirlwind week (from WJLA). Please
click here and watch
celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year’s
On Friday February 28, 2014, CSAAC
celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year’s with a delightful dinner
dance. CSAAC’s new Recreation Coordinator, Diane Albert,
did a great job organizing this event. The party was
attended by more than 200 people including individuals,
staff, and family members. Party-goers enjoyed a delicious
Chinese dinner, music and dancing by DJ John Dayton in a
room with lovely decorations. Mary S. and Frank M. seemed to
dance the night away once again. Much thanks to the many
volunteers that helped make this event a success. It was a
fun-filled evening for all.
Click here to
view the slideshow
December 20th, children and adults supported in the CSAAC
Residential Program enjoyed a wonderful holiday celebration
in CSAAC’s Community School of Maryland’s gymnasium, with
food, music, dancing and a visit from Santa Claus. Every
resident received a holiday gift from St. Nick. CSAAC would
like to thank all the staff and volunteers who made this
happen, particularly Sirin Yilmaz, Educational Director,
volunteers Hyun Martin of Be You Spa and her family, and
CSAAC parents Julio and Mary Marius, Carl Rose, Nilda
Colgrove, Mike Gugerty, Sam and Harley Lattner, Jane Salzano,
Cheryl Disson, Beth Eisman and Ann Gibbons. We would also
like to thank the following board members for contributing
towards holiday gifts for the 140 children and adults
supported in CSAAC’s residential programs: President Scott
Johnston, Treasuer Julio Marius, Jane Salzano, Eric Salzano,
Nilda Colgrove, and Senator Karen Montgomery. Additional
thanks also goes to Karen and Peter Beveridge for
contributing towards the holiday gifts.
to view the slide show.
Annual CSAAC Honors Gala Raises Over $165,000
On Friday, November 8, the CSAAC Annual Honors Gala was held
at the Bethesda Marriott in Bethesda, Maryland. The
sold-out event included mock table gaming, a silent auction,
and a live auction. Television personality and journalist
Mark McEwen welcomed the 350+ guests and talked about why
CSAAC is so important in his life. Local officials
attending included Montgomery County Executive Isiah
Leggett, Maryland State Senator Karen Montgomery, Senator
Brian Feldman, Delegate Craig Zucker, Delegate Susan Lee and
Councilmember Phil Andrews. Job Coach Pegecar Jingco
received the 2013 Hilda Langley Award for Service. The
highlight of the evening was CSAAC resident Gary Rock’s live
rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” which brought the
house down. CSAAC enjoyed its most successful gala ever
where we celebrated the accomplishments of the children and
adults supported at CSAAC and recognized the efforts of
Thorkil Sonne, founder of Specialisterne of Denmark, and
worldwide technology leader SAP as recipients of CSAAC’s
first-ever “Global Innovation in Employment of Adults with
here to view the full event slide show.
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