Finding the Joy of Piano & Music

By Loretta Kennedy, Eden II Coordinator of Extra Curricular Activities

pianoThe joy of music has been with me my entire lifetime. My father played guitar and sang happily many evenings after dinner and at every family get together. When I was first introduced to the piano at age 8, I quickly learned that I had neither my father’s gift to play by ear nor his ability to sing in tune. But the world of piano lessons and reading music has given me a leisure activity like no other. It is a great de-stressor and has enabled me to meet other musicians, perform for an audience, and make music with my family.

Early Childhood and Autism Conference Hosted by Eden II

The Eden II/Genesis Outreach Autism Center is hosting a great conference, Early Childhood and Autism: Addressing the Diverese Needs of the Young Learner on May 10, 2013 on Long Island. The conference features speakers including Joanne Gerenser, Dana Battaglia, Frank Cicero, and Mary McDonald. Click on the conference brochure to learn more. Email to…

Speech Conference Hosted by Eden II April 5th

Please see the brochure for our next conference: Promoting Effective Communication in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: From Research to Practice on Friday April 5, 2013 in Plainview, New York. Eden II Programs has been a leader in the effective intervention and education of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for over 35 years. Eden…

A message from our executive director

As you know, our field has been dealing with cuts and rate freezes for the past several years. While it has been difficult to manage, we have been able to do so without compromising quality or cutting services. This year is different. The Governor just proposed a 6 % cut to all OPWDD Services in New York State. This will be devastating for many programs, including Eden II Programs. In real numbers, this cut reflects more than an $ 800,000 cut to Eden II.

Eden II Announces Naming of Performing Arts Center: The Puleo Performing Arts Center

Eden II Programs announces the naming of the performing arts space at the new autism center and school set to open this fall for children and adults with autism. The space is being named in honor of Frank and Lenore Puleo, along with their son, Cristofer. The Puleo Perfoming Arts Center will be located on the second floor of the 30,000 square foot building located at 15 Beach Street on the North Shore of the Island.