HONOREE Laura and Harry Slatkin

Laura and Harry Slatkin provide individualized, scientifically-based educational services to children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders.

In 1999, shortly after giving birth to twins, the Slatkins’ son, David, was diagnosed with severe autism. In response to this life altering issue, Laura and Harry along with a group of colleagues founded the New York Center for Autism (NYCA), a tripartite organization dedicated to autism education, community outreach and biomedical research.

Their enormous dedication to children and autism is paralleled by continuing entrepreneurial success as Laura currently serves as CEO of NEST Fragrances, and Harry now leads Belstaff as CEO.

Challenge

According to the CDC, 1 in 110 children are diagnosed with autism. Children with autism frequently suffer communication challenges, social difficulties, and ritualistic behavior.

Solution

In 2005, NYCA organized its first Autism Think Tank, The Neural Basis of Autism, in partnership with the National Institute of Mental Health, the Simons Foundation and Columbia University. Since then, NYCA opened the doors of the Hunter College Autism Center: Teach the Teachers Program, helped form a consortium of autism organizations called Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism and partnered with New York hospitals and Universities to form the Institute for Brain Development (IBD).

Impact

Laura and Harry Slatkin’s collaborative efforts through NYCA have launched consortiums of national, regional and local autism organizations, establishing a national agenda on autism.


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