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[September 20, 2011]                                                  

SUNY Downstate to Highlight Autism Services in Brooklyn at Health Fair, September 25

One in a hundred and ten children are on the spectrum of autism disorders, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To acquaint parents of autistic children with the services available to them in Brooklyn, SUNY Downstate Medical Center is holding an Autism Health Fair Sunday, Sep. 25, from 1 to 5 pm, at 395 Lenox Road, in the East Flatbush section of the borough. The fair is themed, “Helping Families with a Piece of the Puzzle.”

“Brooklyn does have services for parents of children on the autism spectrum, but often they're not easy to connect with,” said Harris Huberman, MD, director of the Division of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Downstate. “SUNY Downstate evaluates children for autism, and has many key services on campus, but it is very important that we link together with other quality sites to help families find the right programs for their children. The Autism Health Fair is our effort to let people know what services are available in Brooklyn and to build a network."

Parents, other family members, friends, and anyone who is interested in learning more about autism spectrum disorders are welcome to attend. The event will provide information, support, and networking opportunities, while children and their families enjoy games, music, and food.  Many local organizations and businesses are contributing time and resources to the health fair.

For more information about autism services available at SUNY Downstate, call 718-270-2598.

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.

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