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Actionplay is an NYC-based 501(c)(3) programming, outreach, and education organization dedicated to providing children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum and related conditions equal access to education, arts, and culture. Actionplay is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the community at large.

Actionplay helps to develop life skills in a fun-filled and supportive environment where participants thrive. Through our innovative programs, outreach, trainings and professional development, Actionplay strives to build a more inclusive world.


Dr. Stephen Shore, honorary chair.

Aaron Feinstein

Mark Lit

Mark Newman

Roslyn Weinstein, Treasurer

George Nickel

Nancy Small

Heather Hughes Walter

Sara Morgulis

Carrie Lobman

Stephanie Gayden


Mary Holland
Valerie Charles
Conrad Pinnock
Lisa Griffin
Gabriel Lit

Dr. Stephen Shore Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Stephen Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger SyndromeAsk and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies., and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves in the Interagency Autism Coordinating CommitteeAsperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism AssociationUnited States Autism and Asperger Association, and other autism related organizations.

Mark Newman Mark has been the Vice President of Production Services at Worth Linen Associates since 2009.  Worth Linen Associates is a Direct Marketing Consulting Firm/Agency. Mark spends the majority of his time spent on non-profit fundraising for The USO and Texas BioMedical Research Foundation. Before joining WLA, he spent 8 years at DraftFCB as Production Supervisor on the Verizon account, and helped launched the Fios Internet and TV direct mail and collateral campaigns.  Mark also handled all production for the agency’s pro bono accounts (City Harvest, Meals on Wheels, and Birch Family Services.) Prior to DraftFCB, he was Production Director at where he launched the Webhouse club division, Priceline’s venture into the world of “name your own price” for gasoline and groceries. As Senior Manager at Deutsch, Inc., he was responsible for all the agency ‘s DM clients including Ikea, Bank One, Pfizer and Snapple. He earned his reputation during 9 years as Production Manager at American Express.  He helped launched the company first co-branded cards (Delta, Hilton and Sheraton) as well as the Optimum Card, American Express’s first revolving credit card. He has a BS in Commerce from Rider University with a major in Marketing and a minor in Decision Sciences. He has also been a board member for ABILIS (formerly ARC of Greenwich) and with SEPTA of Fairfield (the largest Special Education PTA in CT.)  He is a parent of Garrett, who has participated in Actionplay program since 2012.

George Nickel, M.S. CCC-SLP  George owns a private practice in Staten Island, New York and is certified by the National American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) as a Speech Language Pathologist licensed in New York State. He received his Master Of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Brooklyn College in 1986. He has been working with children and adults in a variety of settings for twenty-five years. He has worked for the New York City Board Of Education in Junior and High Schools. He worked in a private school, The High Road School in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He worked as a Speech Language Pathologist at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for the Laurie Neurodevelopmental Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in their Early Intervention Program and The Child Evaluation Center. He was an adjunct professor at St. John’s University Staten Island and a Clinical instructor at, Brooklyn College. He was the co- founder of two private practices Pediatric and Adult Language Services (PALSS) based in East Brunswick, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York; A New Stride based on Staten Island. Mr. Nickel has provided his services to those with stuttering, voice, articulation, central auditory processing, developmental language, social skills, stroke/aphasia, oral motor, feeding difficulties and language based learning disabilities. He has served on the New Jersey State and New York City Speech- Language and Hearing Associations as a board member. He served as Vice President of the New Jersey Speech Language and Hearing State Speech Convention as well as Chair of Programs and Exhibits. He has served on The Church of St. Andrews, Staten Island Vestry and was Chairperson of Outreach Programs. In his spare time George is discovering ways to advocate awareness of Autism. Presently, serving as an Advisory Team Member for an upcoming film, Big Daddy Autism. He has written Eeya’s Rhythm, which is the first story of a trilogy to be produced into an animated film for a Public Service Announcement (PSA). The stories are about a fictional young boy with ASD and his journey to becoming a successfulyoung man. The animation was produced by Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Films in conjunction with Dani Bowman at Power-Light Studios. Dani is a 19 year old woman with ASD and has her own animation company. The stories were not only inspired by George’s young friends with ASD who taught him many valuable lessons but also to the many mentors who have taught him to have an “open mind, compassion and kindness” in his therapeutic approach. George is looking forward to being a board member with Actionplay. He will use his energy to increase funding and new programs for Actionplay.

Actionplay extends its deepest thanks to our foundation and corporate sponsors.

TD Bank
Life Styles
The Far Fund
NYC Cultural Affairs
The Taft Foundation
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