The Town of Smithtown, in conjunction with Autism acceptance advocate and Co-Founder of Sounds Like Autism Josh Mirsky, State, County & Local Officials, and members of the community will host a ceremonial flag raising in celebration of all individuals impacted by neurological disorder diagnoses, from Autism to epilepsy. The flag, designed by Josh Mirsky, was selected by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) as the winner in a contest to design the first neurodiversity flag for the State of New York. The flag represents and celebrates all individuals on the spectrum.
The Neurodiversity Strength Flag is designed to represent all individuals impacted by a neurological disorder, be it the Autism spectrum, or epilepsy. Over 40 designs were submitted to the NYS Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Board. The Neurodiversity Strength Flag, designed by Josh Mirsky, was chosen to become the first neurodiversity flag for the State of New York. Its intent is to inspire pride and confidence in being neurodiverse.
The symbolism in the flag design is all-encompassing, starting with the color gold, representing putting needs first (as in first place) and not a secondary value. The Diamond symbolizes value. The color red is meant to illustrate power, to represent strength, which has been tested daily.
The Town will raise the Neurodiversity Strength Flag underneath the American Flag at Town Hall, as a part of Smithtown’s April Autism Awareness campaign. Smithtown has been at the forefront of celebrating members of the community on the Autism Spectrum. The Town’s goal is to improve services, quality of life and include all individuals impacted by Autism and all neurological disorder diagnoses.
Members of the community are welcome to attend the celebration at Smithtown Town Hall on Monday, April 10th, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Smithtown Town Hall is located at 99 W. Main Street, Smithtown, NY (Main Entrance steps of Town Hall)