Port Washington, NY - April 23rd, 2013 - Laurie Murdock of Port Washington, NY and founder and executive director of The Mosaic School for Autism in Wantagh, NY was recently named to the Town of North Hempstead’s 20th Annual May W. Newburger Women’s Roll of Honor. Murdock, who was joined by 15 other elite honorees, earned this distinguished designation in recognition of her long-term advocacy and support within Long Island’s autism community.
"Reading Laurie’s story about raising two children of her own with autism and how she founded The Mosaic School to not only help her own children but also other families really made her stand out as the perfect honoree," says Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross. "Beyond just honoring Laurie and her mission at the Women’s Roll of Honor Breakfast, The Town of North Hempstead continues to be supportive of Laurie’s mission and is regularly involved in trying to meet the needs of residents who have children with autism and are in need of special services. Being able to highlight the work that Laurie does allows us the ability to share Laurie’s expertise as a valuable reference and resource for our community residents."
An autism educator and advocate of nearly 20 years, Murdock has become a major catalyst in the autism sector and is responsible for the organization and management of such successful autism events and programs as an annual Bowl-a-Thon and Performing Artists for Autism Education. Incorporating the need for understanding, tolerance and acceptance as part of her autism awareness campaign, Murdock is currently working on the development of a new autism education program for non-disabled students, which she believes should be part of the curriculum of every private and public school.
"It is an honor and so humbling to be in the company of such remarkable women leaders, each of whom represent an important voice on Long Island and are actively working hard to make a difference," says Murdock. "It is particularly uplifting to receive this recognition as we enter April’s Autism Awareness Month. With autism now affecting 1 in every 50 children, it is even more important for us to work together not only to raise awareness but also to help develop understanding and acceptance. I am so proud to be representing a voice within today’s autism community and to have the Town of North Hempstead’s support as I continue my efforts to help make the world a better place for people with autism."
Given out each year in conjunction with March Women’s History Month, the May W. Newburger Women’s Roll of Honor recognizes extraordinary women residents living within the Town of North Hempstead who have made a contribution to their community, possess a special personal talent, and/or have accomplished a significant achievement through public or private initiatives.
About The Mosaic Foundation for Autism Inc.
The Mosaic Foundation for Autism Inc., which is affiliated with The Mosaic School for Autism, actively seeks to generate awareness of autism and its challenges as it also raises funds to increase opportunities for people with autism so they can participate in appropriate educational, social and recreational activities. For more information about The Mosaic Foundation for Autism Inc., please call 516-765-3696 or visit www.themosaicschool.org.
About the Mosaic School for Autism
Founded by Laurie Murdock, an autism educator and advocate who has two children with autism, The Mosaic School for Autism is a private school that serves children with autism ranging from the ages of five through 21. Students at The Mosaic School receive a high quality, hands-on education that is tailored to suite their unique behavioral and learning needs, with emphasis on fostering the communication, social and academic skills necessary for living and functioning within the family, school and community environments. Each student’s program is developed in close cooperation with the individual’s family and school district along with any other professionals working with the family. The Mosaic School is also actively involved in outreach efforts, offering experienced autism consultants, educators and aides to work with students with autism in their homes, schools, and communities. For more information about the Mosaic Outreach Program, ABA WORKS!, call 516-765-3697. For more information about The Mosaic School, please call 516-765-3696 or visit www.themosaicschoo.org.
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