8/7/2010 – Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and Carmel’s Camp Kiwi hosted Family Fun Day for the students and families of Devereux School on Saturday, August 7, from 11AM to 4PM. Devereux School provides educational services to children with developmental disabilities, such as Autism.
“I join Camp Kiwi in saluting Deveraux School,” Ball said. “What a great day to share with the children and families affected by Autism. Karla and Ivan [Bellotto] have opened up Camp Kiwi, the jewel of the Hudson Valley, for this special day and I am so grateful. Devereux School is the greatest source of hope and inspiration for hundreds of Westchester and Putnam families, and they deserve our attention and praise. Camp Kiwi has really gone above and beyond the call of duty on this one, and we welcome the Autism community for this special day!”
Both Karla Bellotto of Camp Kiwi and Dr. Cindy Alterson of Devereux School expressed excitement for the upcoming event and thanks to Assemblyman Ball for putting the two groups together. Additionally, Alterson wished to thank the staff of Camp Kiwi.
“It is very generous of Camp Kiwi to open their facilities to our students, who don’t often get the opportunity to participate in a traditional camp setting,” Alterson said.
Food has been donated and will be prepared for this free event by Stew Leonard’s, Fratelli’s, and Fiesta Mexicana. Activities prepared for the day, according to Bellotto, will include boating, swimming, beach, mini-golf, tennis, recreational games, water slides, air castles, and beach volleyball.
In 2009, Ball spearheaded the first Statewide Autism Forum, which was held in Albany, and allowed state representatives to hear testimony from groups, organizations and individuals within the autism community. Ball also has worked on a local level by hosting a series of similar forums throughout the Hudson Valley and helping organizations by awarding them state grants. Ball’s advocacy led him to draft the most comprehensive autism insurance coverage bill in the state (A.3332), which was quickly supported by members of the Assembly Majority and State Senate, and similar measures were quickly introduced. In June 2010, with the support of Autism Speaks, comprehensive Autism Legislation was signed into state law