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The Sanders Firm’s Ed Nitkewicz Advocates for Families Affected by Autism

Edward J. Nitkewicz, senior counsel at Long Island’s The Sanders Law Firm, recently met with former Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice in Washington D.C., where she took office last month after being elected to New York’s 4th Congressional District.

As a board member of the Long Island chapter of Autism Speaks, Ed is always busy spreading awareness about autism-related issues, including the critical need for support and funding for autism research and health services for those on the autism spectrum. Ed is also an outspoken advocate for autism insurance reform, to maximize coverage for evidence-based treatments, as well as ABLE (Achieving Better Life Experience), a law that was passed in December that allows persons with disabilities to create tax-advantaged savings accounts.

Congresswoman Kathleen Rice and Ed Nitkewicz Autism Speaks

Christie Godowski, Long Island Executive Director of Autism Speaks, commented on the groups’s Facebook page: “You never know where you’ll find our Autism Speaks Long Island Chapter Board Members advocating for our families! Great to see our Chapter Board Member, Ed Nitkewicz, out meeting with US Congresswoman Kathleen M. Rice in Washington, DC today! We couldn’t help but notice the puzzle piece pins they BOTH were wearing in support of Autism Speaks!”

“Thanks Ed for always representing Autism Speaks wherever you are!!”

Long-time advocate for autism research and services

Ed’s passion to help others in need has not only informed his work as a personal injury lawyer for victims of negligence, medical malpractice, defective products and more, but has also driven him to support his local autism community in a variety of ways. For instance, Ed is on the Board of Directors and Fundraising Committee for the AHA (Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association), which aids individuals and families with autism or related disorders with support groups, meetings, media campaigns, and social outreach.

Ed is also a chairperson for the Special Needs Faith Formation Committee at St. Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church, which develops religious instruction programs specifically suited to the unique learning requirements of kids diagnosed with Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or similar conditions.

How you can join in the fight against autism

To learn more about how you can can support autism awareness and research into prevention and treatment – and one day a cure! – visit the Autism Speaks website, and learn how you can help in your local community at the Long Island chapter’s Facebook page.

And don’t forget the upcoming World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, when the international autism community and its supporters will “Light It Up Blue” – around the world, iconic landmarks, concert halls, sports venues, museums and more will display dazzling blue colors to honor people with autism.


  1. U.S. Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, https://kathleenrice.house.gov/

  2. World Autism Awareness Day, https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/world-autism-awareness-day

  3. Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, http://www.ahany.org/