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About Us

QSAC is a New York City and Long Island based nonprofit that supports children and adults with autism, together with their families, in achieving greater independence, realizing their future potential, and contributing to their communities in a meaningful way by offering person-centered services using the evidence-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to improve their communication, socialization, academic, vocational, and functional skills.

Above: QSAC celebrates the opening of Mission Market.

Who We Are

QSAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with autism and their families in the New York City and Long Island areas. Our mission is to provide person-centered services that help children and adults with autism achieve greater independence, realize their potential, and contribute to their communities in a meaningful way.

Since our founding in 1978 by a group of parents who were struggling to find adequate services for their children with autism, QSAC has grown to provide direct services to over 2,700 individuals in the region. Our programs are designed to meet the unique needs of each individual we serve, with a focus on improving communication, socialization, academic, and functional skills using applied behavior analysis (ABA) principles.

At QSAC, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. That’s why our programs for children include early intervention, preschool, school, after-school, and in-home educational and support services. Our adult programs include supportive living, skill development programs, vocational training, job placement, and in-home services. Whatever the age or needs of the individual, we are committed to providing high-impact services and a supportive, trained staff to help them achieve their goals.

Our vision for the future is a world where individuals with autism are fully included in their communities, with access to the services and support they need to thrive. We believe that by providing person-centered services that are tailored to the unique needs of each individual, we can help make this vision a reality.

Above: A QSAC participant speaks at our annual Belive gala.

Our Values

We are one team committed to making a meaningful and measurable difference in the lives of children and adults with autism. We succeed together because we are:

  • We stay true to our mission by helping children and adults with autism achieve greater independence and realize their full potential.
  • We value the children, adults, families, and communities we serve.
  • We believe that person-centered programming and supports have the power to change lives.
  • We strive to create engaging and supportive environments for those we serve and QSAC’s staff.
  • We are innovative thinkers who are determined to find solutions to all challenges we encounter.
  • We care about driving impact and measuring the results of our work.
  • We go above and beyond to ensure our mission is fulfilled as we work to ensure that all children and adults with autism have access to high-quality services.
  • We follow the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), an evidence-based approach to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • We support a culture of feedback because we are invested in each other’s growth as professionals, educators, and direct support professionals.
  • We support each other as leaders and lifelong learners.
  • We value each other’s diverse strengths, contributions, and ideas.
  • We foster a workplace that values and encourages peer-reviewed research that explores new and innovative approaches to supporting individuals with autism.
  • We look forward to coming to work because we find joy and meaning in supporting children and adults with autism and their families.
  • We care about each other and the autism community.
  • We advocate for the rights of individuals with autism.
  • We celebrate the successes of the individuals we serve.