Quality Services for the Autism Community (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.

Email: info@qsac.com

Phone: 212-244-5560

253 West 35th Street, 14th Floor

New York, NY 10001

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Virtual Programming Calendar

In response to COVID-19, we have launched new virtual programming that seeks to foster a sense of social connectedness and community. All of these programs are free-of-charge and open to individuals in our programs, their families, and the greater community. Each program is presented using Zoom (a free program — click here for information about using Zoom including a video tutorial), which allows users to interact with the facilitator and others using their phone, tablet, or computer. In the days ahead, we will continue to add new programs.

Some events require pre-registration. For these events, please click on "register." After you register, you will receive the link needed to access the event.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

 

Self-Advocacy Skills | 11:00am to 11:45am

Pre-registration required. Click here to pre-register.

This weekly program will focus on discussing individuals' rights and responsibilities. The goal will be to support individuals in increasing their self-advocacy and self-determination skills.

POP Pilates | 12:00pm to 1:00pm

No advance registration required. Use this link to access the event.

Join us for POP Pilates with Kylie Balogh. POP Pilates is a total body, equipment-free workout that sculpts a rock solid core and a lean dancer's body like nothing else can. Modifications are shown throughout making this suitable for a variety of fitness levels. Come join Kylie for a dance on the mat! Kylie is a Certified POP Pilates Instructor.

Autism Dysregulation During COVID-19: Strategies for Coping with Disrupted Routines, Heightened Anxiety, and Emotional Distress | 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Click here to register [Note:  This event is not hosted by QSAC.]

 

Parents and family members of individuals of all ages diagnosed with autism face unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 restrictions of social distancing. Individuals with autism depend on a team of professionals, teachers and family members to support their daily learning, behavioral, sensory and communication difficulties. With “stay at home” orders, schools and businesses closed, routines and structure has been disrupted on top of mounting anxiety and emotional distress. During this 90-minute video, Kathy Morris will demonstrate practical strategies, Power Cards, Square Breathing, Five-Point Scale, Breathe Cards, and Social Stories to help those with autism identify emotions as well as regulate anxiety and stress and reduce meltdowns and tantrums. These practical strategies can easily be taught by parents, family members or educators through video calls and video demonstrations. This event is hosted by a third party, PESI.

Empowerment Group | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

No advance registration required. Use this link to access the event.

In this confusing time, we could all use a space to listen, be heard, and build up our fellow peers. Come in with a positive attitude to discuss not only your challenges, but topics such as inspiration, motivation, and self-care. Let's empower others to feel their best!

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

 

Mindful Moment | 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Pre-registration required. Click here to pre-register.

Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you're doing. Being mindful is the opposite of rushing or multitasking. When you're mindful, you're taking your time. You're focusing in a relaxed, easy way. Being mindful helps people do better in just about every part of life, like focusing on homework or feeling less stressed out. Practicing mindfulness a little bit every day helps you to build this valuable skill. Each Mindfulness Moment will introduce participants to different mindfulness exercises that can be used to build this skill. Join Joseph for tonight's mindfulness moment. Joseph is completing graduate studies in rehabilitation counseling with coursework focused on the use of mindfulness interventions.

Virtual Visit | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Pre-registration required. Click here to pre-register.

Each week, we will take a trip to a museum or historical site with the help of Google Arts & Culture and other sites. We will explore famous works of art, moments in history, and science. There will be lots of opportunity for discussion to share your thoughts about the virtual trip.