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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COVID-19 (coronavirus) Updates

Updated: Monday, March 16, 2020

Important Announcement to Families of Individuals in Non-Residential Programs
(Posted: March 13, 2020 at 4:51pm)

Dear QSAC Families,

QSAC is closely monitoring the evolving situation related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We have been taking proactive measures to ensure the health and well-being of the individuals we serve and our employees. Below are important updates regarding QSAC's actions in response to the Coronavirus thus far. Agency-wide, we have undertaken a series of steps which include but are not limited to:

 

  • We are regularly disinfecting all sites, facilities and vehicles.
     

  • Hand sanitizer continues to be provided throughout all sites. All staff and individuals have and continue to be trained regarding proper hand-washing and other forms of universal precautions.
     

  • We are limiting visits to all of our facilities and have canceled all non-essential meetings/events until further notice. Meetings with Care Managers will be coordinated via phone and/or video.
     

  • Program participants and staff who are sick will be sent home and not permitted to return to program until they have a doctor's clearance to return. A doctor's note will be required to return to program/work.
     

  • If an individual or staff member are confirmed to have the Coronavirus, QSAC will close the facility and perform a complete disinfection of the facility. The facility will be closed for a minimum of 24 hours and will reopen after it has been disinfected and determined to be safe to return.
     

  • Important Regarding Program Closures: If the NYC Department of Education closes all public schools, the following QSAC programs will be closed: Schools, Preschools, Early Intervention center based program, After School Program for children and After Day program for adults. The QSAC Day Habilitation Program will remain open unless we are instructed to close by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and/or the NYS Department of Health (DOH). The Saturday Recreation Program will also remain open unless instructed to close by OPWDD/DOH. In-home appointments are at the discretion of the employees and the families, unless the individual receiving services, employee, or a family member in the home, exhibit symptoms or are confirmed to have COVID-19 (Coronavirus).


Please note that we receive regular guidance from the Government entities that provide oversight to QSAC. We will continue to keep you updated regarding the steps QSAC is taking to keep everyone healthy. Updates will also be posted on the QSAC website at www.QSAC.com. If you have questions please email info@qsac.com.

- QSAC Management

Important Announcement to Families of Individuals in Residential Programs

(Posted: March 13, 2020 at 4:51pm)

Dear QSAC Families,

QSAC is closely monitoring the evolving situation related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We have been taking proactive measures to ensure the health and well-being of the individuals we serve and our employees. Below are important updates regarding QSAC's actions in response to the Coronavirus thus far. Agency-wide, we have undertaken a series of steps which include but are not limited to:

 

  • We are regularly disinfecting all sites, facilities and vehicles.
     

  • Hand sanitizer continues to be provided throughout all sites. All staff and individuals have and continue to be trained regarding proper hand-washing and other forms of universal precautions.
     

  • We are limiting visits to all of our facilities and have canceled all non-essential meetings/events until further notice. Meetings with Care Managers will be coordinated via phone and/or video.
     

  • Program participants and staff who are sick will be sent home and not permitted to return to program until they have a doctor's clearance to return. A doctor's note will be required to return to program/work.
     

  • If an individual or staff member are confirmed to have the Coronavirus, QSAC will close the facility/group home and perform a complete disinfection of the facility/home. The facility/home will be closed and will reopen after it has been disinfected and determined to be safe to return. If an individual living in a QSAC Group Home or staff member working in a Group Home are confirmed to have the Coronavirus, QSAC will work with the Department of Health and OPWDD to identify an appropriate living arrangement until it is safe to return to the Group Home. One likely option is a residence that is currently vacant and owned by QSAC. In the event that your son/daughter is confirmed to have the Coronavirus, QSAC will will work collaboratively with OPWDD, the Local Health Department and the NYS Department of Health and make every attempt to have your son/daughter admitted to a hospital to be quarantined.
     

  • Effective Immediately, all non-emergency medical appointments will be canceled and rescheduled at a later date. If your son/daughter exhibits symptoms of the Coronavirus, we will schedule them to be seen by their doctor through Telehealth, in the doctor's office or, if necessary, Urgent Care or the Emergency Room.
     

  • Important Regarding Program Closures: If the NYC Department of Education closes all public schools, the following QSAC programs will be closed: Schools, Preschools, Early Intervention center based program, After School Program for children and After Day program for adults. The QSAC Day Habilitation Program will remain open unless we are instructed to close by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and/or the NYS Department of Health (DOH). The Saturday Recreation Program will also remain open unless instructed to close by OPWDD/DOH. In-home appointments are at the discretion of the employees and the families, unless the individual receiving services, employee, or a family member in the home, exhibit symptoms or are confirmed to have COVID-19 (Coronavirus).


Please note that we receive regular guidance from the Government entities that provide oversight to QSAC. We will continue to keep you updated regarding the steps QSAC is taking to keep everyone healthy. Updates will also be posted on the QSAC website at www.QSAC.com. If you have questions please email info@qsac.com.

- QSAC Management

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QSAC Bowl-A-Thon Postponed
(Posted: March 16, 2020 at 11:50am)

After careful consideration and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health, the Janice Silber Memorial Bowl-A-Thon scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020 will be postponed to a later date.

All attendees, vendors, and sponsors will be credited for the future date. If you are unable to attend the bowl-a-thon on the new date, a refund will be issued at that time in accordance with our policies.

In light of the unprecedented nature and response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), I encourage you to review guidelines from the CDC that describe the preventive measures you can take to keep you and your family healthy.