Zumba Mania



Get Fit! Feel Fab! Raise Funds!

(April 1, 2013—New York, NY)  The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) and Dance2BFit will host their first annual Zumba Mania, a fun and fun-draising event for families and individuals affected by autism, on April 6, 2013 at Dance2BFit Studios in Mamaroneck.

The event will raise money to fund research to find the causes of autism and develop better treatments for children, teens and adults with autism. 1 in 88 children is currently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.

Zumba Mania will run from 12:30pm – 3:30pm at Dance2BFit at 656 Van Ranst Place, Mamaroneck, NY.  Dance2BFit owner/instructor Gustavo Lopez, a Mamaroneck native and MHS graduate, will lead the zumba-ing. Dancers 12 and over, of all developmental and skill levels, are welcome to participate.

“Let’s face it; it’s stressful being the parent of a child with autism and zumba is a fabulous stress reliever,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. “Gustavo is the best instructor I’ve ever met. It’s just impossible not to be happy when you’re doing zumba with Gustavo.”

“Everyone can zumba,” said Lopez, who became a certified zumba instructor in 2009 and opened Dance2BFit in 2012. “Whatever your age, fitness level, or developmental level, zumba is a great workout and has great health benefits.”

Tickets are $25 and available online at http://asfzumbamania.eventbrite.com/. All advance ticket buyers will receive a free water bottle or size large t-shirt at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the door, space permitting.

Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer/choreographer Albert Perez. It involves dance and aerobic elements and incorporates hip-hop, samba, salsa, mambo and other dance moves.  According to Wikipedia, approximately 14 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.

100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Autism Science Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting autism research. ASF also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. ASF was founded by Scarsdale resident Alison Singer, who currently serves as president and Chief Zumba Officer.

To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation’s programs visit www.autismsciencefoundation.org.



Contact Information:

Casey Gold
Program Associate
Autism Science Foundation
212 391-3913

ASF Receives Funding to Develop Brain Tissue Donation Awareness Campaign

We are pleased to announced a two-year, $600,000 grant from the Simons Foundation to develop a multi-media campaign designed to increase awareness of the importance of brain tissue donation to further autism research.

“No effort is more important than raising awareness among families and scientists about the need for research on human brain tissue,” said Dr. Gerald Fischbach, Director of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.

Brain tissue research is critical for developing effective prevention and treatment options for autism but research in this area has lagged because of lack of tissue.

“In every area of medicine,” said Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, “new diagnostics and new treatments have come from studying the affected organ.  In autism, we have been challenged by trying to understand a complex neurodevelopmental disorder without having enough brain tissue available for study. In so many ways, our ability to deliver for families with autism depends on the success of this effort.”

ASF President Alison Singer will serve as principal investigator on the project. Prior to founding the Autism Science Foundation, Singer served as Executive Vice President for Communications and Awareness at Autism Speaks, where she developed and co-produced the award-winning “The Odds” autism awareness campaign in conjunction with the Ad Council.

To learn more about this issue, read Alison Singer’s post on the Simons Foundation blog about the case for brain tissue donation.

CDSweep Getting Some Serious Celeb Buzz!

Celebrities are helping spread the word about CDSweep the new fundraising program that allows you to get rid of your old CDs AND make a donation to ASF!

Thanks to the CDSweep team for encouraging these stars to tweet about the program.

Food Network star of “Chopped” Ted Allen


Kiernan Shipka, star of “Mad Men”










Recording Artist Rosanne Cash

CDSweep Makes it Easy to Clean Out Your Unwanted CDs & Support Autism Research!

You know you have piles of dusty CDs and DVDs somewhere in your house. You’ve long since converted everything to digital, so now what do you do with all those jewel cases? Donate them, of course!

CDSweep (www.cdsweep.com) launches today as an easy way to do a clean sweep of all your unwanted CDs and DVDs and help fund critical autism research. Just box up all of your old discs, ship them free with prepaid FedEx labels, and for each disc received a donation will be made to ASF.

Go to www.CDSweep.com, enter the amount of discs you’d like to send, and you’ll be emailed a prepaid FedEx label to ship them all for free. Your donation is tax-deductible and provides funding directly to scientists conducting innovative autism research and supports the needs of people with autism and their families. Each disk will be valued at up to 50 cents each! You can even request that your CDs be digitized and sent back to you as MP3s for free.

A HUGE THANK YOU goes to the volunteer committee who put this project together. Thank you team!

Jason Roth, Founder
Ken Waagner, Smartley-Dunn Solutions, Ltd.
Seth Mnookin, author, “The Panic Virus”
Debbi Dougherty-Roth, ad:tech
Sarah Wefald, graphic designer
Kris Schrey, iPodmeister

Send a Special Thank You to Your Favorite Doctor!

Doctors care for us in our time of need. They work nights, weekends and holidays. They spend years preparing for careers of service and healing. Their focus is on you and your family.

Say “thank you” to the remarkable doctors in your life and show them how much you value their commitment to your family’s good health. Make a donation in their honor on National Doctors’ Day to express your gratitude. Continue reading “Send a Special Thank You to Your Favorite Doctor!”

Make Leap Day Count for Autism Science

How often have you wished for an extra hour or extra day to get everything you need done? In 2012, we get a WHOLE DAY! At ASF, we want to make the most of this special leap day by using it to help autism science leap forward.

Thanks to your support, for the last two years we have provided funding for autism stakeholders (parents, individuals with autism, teachers, students, etc) to attend the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).

All donations made today, February 29, 2012, will go directly to our IMFAR Travel Grants program, helping us provide more scholarships to IMFAR 2012 in Toronto where they will share their real world autism experience with scientists. These stakeholders will then bring the latest autism science back into our communities helping the science take a giant leap forward.

After attending IMFAR, past grant recipients have:

  • Organized a five day autism science seminar at Barnard College
  • Presented critical autism research information to nurses in Philadelphia
  • Produced multiple blog posts that reached thousands of readers around the world
  • Organized an autism awareness club and speaker series at Yale University

And thanks to a generous donor, all donations made today (February 29, 2012) will be matched dollar for dollar for an extra big leap.

Do something special with this extra day of 2012 and help leap science forward. Please make a donation today!

BTW – It’s no coincidence that applications for our IMFAR travel grants are due today. Thinking of applying? Click here to learn more.

Scarsdale High School Autism Science Foundation Student Club Bake Sale a Sweet Success

Yesterday the Scarsdale High School Autism Science Foundation Student Club held a Halloween-themed bake sale. The group raised awareness about autism, as well as $480 to support much needed research on what causes autism and how best to treat it. 1 in 110 individuals is now diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. These students are leading the way in creating a more compassionate community for individuals with autism. 

Pictured: (l-r) Jackie Sharlach, Lauren Alin, Alexandra Levine, Claire D’Silva, Adam Rolison, Rachel Kushnick and Andrea Quartner

Doing BIG Things – ASF Releases 2010 Annual Report

What a great joy it is to be releasing the first ASF annual report. Who would have thought that an organization just 20 months old would have so much BIG news to share. In the 2010 Annual Report “Doing BIG Things” read about: 

It is because of you – our funders, supporters, and friends – that we can do the work we do.  A BIG thank you to each and every one of you!

BIG ideas, BIG dream for individuals with autism and their families. What a BIG difference our first year made! ASF is funding science, supporting educational programs and spreading hope.

Keep our work going strong – make a donation today!

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