April is World Autism Awareness Month. On Thursday, April 30th, we are partnering up with local restaurants to raise funds and autism awareness. Please join us and register online to participate in Dine Out 4 Autism to benefit Eden II and help support individuals with autism. 

Dine Out 4 Autism is a community-wide fundraising event that brings together restaurants and consumers to help raise funds and awareness for autism. Local businesses and restaurants will donate a percentage of food proceeds sold on April 30th. 

Eden II is proud to be part of a community that will pull together its resources to help children and adults with autism. 


EVENT CHAIR: Ralph Scamardella, Chef/Partner, TAO Group

STATEN ISLAND CHAIR: Tommy Casatelli, Owner, The Kettle Black, Ho'Brah A Taco Joint   
LONG ISLAND CHAIR: Steve Kirschbaum, Area Manager, Catering Division, Lessing's Inc.


The Eden II and Genesis Foundation (previously known as FAAP) is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide much-needed funds for programs and services that support individuals with autism. The Eden II and Genesis Foundation supports programs, serving children and adults with autism in NYC, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, including day schools for children, as well as day and residential services for adolescents and adults.


Established in 1976, Eden II Programs began with just six students and one special education teacher. Today, the not-for-profit organization serves over 500 participants in New York City and Long Island. The mission of Eden II Programs is to support people with autism throughout their lives to achieve their full potential through service, science and passion. Eden II Programs provides a variety of services using the evidence-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to treat the delays and challenges associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Eden II is recognized nationally as a leader in working with individuals across the autism spectrum, including those with the most significant challenges.

Currently, over 130 families participate in full-day education programs from early childhood through adulthood on Staten Island.  In 2015, Eden II opened a new, state-of-the-art autism center – the Honorable James P. Molinaro Center for Autism – which serves 68 participants, ages 8-21, in elementary and secondary education programs. The Autism Center also serves as the Agency’s main headquarters for the administrative team.  Eden II Programs educational programs in Staten Island also includes a preschool program, Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS,) Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services; The Staten Island Adult Day Habilitation program serves over 90 individuals; and 37 adults with ASD live in our five community residences located on Staten Island.
Eden II’s Genesis School program serves 30 individuals, ages 5-21, in elementary and secondary education programs. The Genesis Outreach Autism Center assists over 50 individuals across all programs. The Adult Day Habilitation program serves 32 individuals, and 12 adults with ASD live in our two community residences located on Long Island.

Eden II also provides consultation support locally, nationally, and internationally. Hundreds benefit from a variety of other services such as Community Habilitation, Respite, Afterschool, and a number of Family Support programs.

For more information, please contact info@eden2.org.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. The exact cause of ASD is currently unknown. ASD disrupts an individual’s ability to communicate and relate to those around them. The incidence of ASD has increased at an alarming rate. Today, one child in every 68 born has been diagnosed with some form of ASD, with boys being five times more likely to have an ASD diagnosis than girls.

Individuals with ASD generally require services and support their entire lives. However, with early diagnosis, proper intervention and appropriate services, individuals with ASD can lead productive, happy lives.