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President Barack Obama congratulated the Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC for honoring Jane Salzano  with a “Life Time Achievement Award.” Reading a letter from President Obama, Michael Strautmanis, Chief of Staff to the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison, brought the greetings from Obama, who noted Jane’s  pioneering work in autism intervention.  Cristiano Maggipinto, First Counselor, Embassy of Italy, also brought greetings from the Italian Ambassador, Giulio Terzi. 

Jane Salzano

As the founder of Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC), a Maryland non‐profit organization, Jane Salzano is a nationally recognized leader on topics ranging from early childhood intervention protocols, educational supports and strategies and innovative, to non‐aversive, community based living and vocational programs. Jane’s work and that of her family has touched the lives of countless families and changed the standards for autism service delivery nationwide.

Jane founded CSAAC in 1979 with a vision to dramatically change the quality of life for adults and children with autism. Through Jane’s vision and determination, CSAAC has become the largest provider in the nation to serve individuals with autism exclusively. CSAAC’s mission is “to enable individuals with autism to reach their highest potential and contribute as confident individuals to their community.” She saw a future where adults with autism lived and worked in the community instead of being warehoused in institutional settings.

The Lido Civic Club also honored Jane’s son, Carl Salzano, as the Lido Club “Man of the Year.”  Carl, a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton, was instrumental in ensuring the financial viability of CSAAC.  He was also recognized for instituting a successful Wounded Warriors dinner program at the Booz Allen Hamilton.

The event held at the Capitol Hilton in Washington DC, attracted a number of prominent Italian Americans, including  Ambassador Connie Morella, Karen Motgomery, Maryland State Senator, Anita Bevacqua McBride, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush, Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Vice-Chair of the National Italian American Foundation,  entrepreneurs Robert Carlucci, Gabriel Battista and Angelo Puglisi, and Hal Koster, Executive Director of Aleethia Foundation, among numerous others.

The event was chaired by Lido Past President Paul Biciocchi.  The Master of Ceremonies was Joseph Bruno, the recipient of the 2009 Lido Civic Club of Washington D.C. “Man of the Year Award.
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The Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC was established in 1929 with the primary goal of assisting recent immigrants to become assimilated into the ways of American business. For over 80 years, the Club has brought together Washington area Italian-American businessmen to enjoy not only their shared business interests but also their Italian-American culture while volunteering in various philanthropic activities.

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