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Save the Date – QCDD 35th Family Support Conference

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Flushing Sheraton Hotel
135-20 39th Ave, Flushing NY 11354



  • Resource Fair with over 65 providers throughout the day
  • Workshops include: Front Door, Benefits and Entitlements, Self Direction, Behavior Management, Autism 101, and Care Coordination
  • June Marcus & Beverly Berger Awards

This is a free event for families

Registration for participants, individuals, families, professionals, self-advocates
click here

Click here to visit the website for more details




Mission Market is Officially Open!
Selling Great Gifts and Custom T-Shirts
While Developing Vocational Skills

Our Mission Market storefront is officially open. We encourage you, your family, and friends to spread the word, stop by the store, or visit us online at to see this incredible program in action. Our Floral Park storefront is open Monday–Friday, from 10:00am–2:00pm.

In addition, we are thrilled to announce that Mission Market can now produce custom t-shirts! Let Mission Market create personalized t-shirts for your next event—birthday, graduation, or reunion. If you provide us with a design or idea, we can produce the t-shirts!

Mission Market is a supportive work environment for individuals with developmental disabilities to develop and utilize their skills in communication, conceptualization, product production, quality assurance, money management, sales, and overall business operations. Each order helps our individuals hone their vocational skills and prepares them for employment outside the market.

Orders for most gifts can be placed online at To place an order for custom t-shirts, please email

Thank you in advance for your support of this new initiative.



Bronx Gardening Club

Bronx 2 has been attending the Glove Street Community Garden twice weekly since May. A small group of individuals who expressed an interest in planting (and with the assistance of Naomi) helped us create the Gardening Club which meets Wednesdays and Thursdays. In the spring, the club planted fresh flowers such as aster, lavender and sunflowers. The club also planted many vegetables this year such as tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, sweet corn, green beans and broccoli.

Since this was our first year, the group learned the many trials of tribulations of gardening: i.e. planting too close together, garden pests that disturb the vegetables, and managing excessive water damage from a very rainy spring. The attached photos show our very first day, setting up the plant boxes and planting out first flowers and vegetables.

The group is currently harvesting our summer bounty and looks forward to continuing this club into the fall.



Family Support Services Program
In-Home Behavior Management/Parent Training in Manhattan

The Program
This is a short-term parent training program that provides support to families of individuals with communication, social and behavioral difficulties. Families must live in Manhattan, have OPWDD eligibility and the child must live at home.

The parent trainer will provide families with a parent and individual intake, then the individual’s behavior will be assessed through observation and parental report.

The parent trainer will then conduct, as needed, a functional behavior assessment, behavior intervention planning, teaching of data collection, intervention strategies and model behavior change techniques and positive procedures. Follow-up visits, interviews and satisfaction surveys are used to continually monitor the effectiveness of the program and to make adjustments in the delivery of services when needed.

Service Hours
• Flexible hours are individually coordinated between parent and trainer.
• Typically weekdays and evenings by appointment.
• Training sessions are usually held in the family home.

• OPWDD eligibility required.
• Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis.
• Must live in Manhattan and individual must live at home.
• No Medicaid needed.

Click here for the flyer



The Adapt Community Network Family Connect Center

The Adapt Community Network Family Connect Center has planned several events during the upcoming months that we would like to let you know about. These workshops are free and are available to professionals, family members, caregivers and all interested individuals. They are a great opportunity for family members to network and connect with others. Translation to Spanish is always available. We are also pleased to offer referral and support services as well.

(80 West End Avenue, New York, NY 10023) 10am-12pm

(160 Lawrence Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230) 10am-12pm

DESCRIPTION: This workshop will explore: How to handle problems that can arise when students with disabilities are bused to and from school, how to work with the Office of Pupil Transportation and secure appropriate bus services, solutions with on-the-spot strategies! Know your role, what to expect, who to contact. Having trouble understanding the process of getting busing? Is busing on your child's IEP? And Where’s the Bus?

(281 Port Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302) 10am-12pm

DESCRIPTION: Whether a child is verbal or nonverbal, visuals improve communication and behavior. Let’s stop telling children what to do and start showing them. In this workshop you will create visual supports to help children understand and follow routines and take home the materials you have made. Materials will be provided.

To register for a workshop please
Call 718-436-7979 Ext. 704 or

Remember, advanced registration is required.
We hope to see you and ask that you share this flyer with colleagues and families.
Click here to download the flyer
Click here to download the flyer (Spanish Version)

Join us at QSAC's 5K for Autism!

Join us this fall at QSAC's annual 5K for Autism! The event will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Astoria Park in Queens. Registration opens at 9am and the race starts at 10:30am. Registration is $25 per person and includes entry into the race, a limited edition t-shirt, food and beverages, and access to the family expo area!

The QSAC 5K brings together more than 300 families, community members, and supporters to benefit our programs serving children and adults with autism across New York City and Long Island. Sign up today to make a difference! Once you've registered, set up your fundraising page to make your steps count even more. Share your fundraising page with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to encourage them to support your efforts.

Top fundraisers will receive prizes including a trophy, gift certificates to local restaurant and sports stores, and more! If you need help registering, please contact Michelle Anasa at 212-244-5560 x2025 or See you at the starting line!



Did you know QSAC offers ACCES-VR services for students?

As you may know, QSAC now offers ACCES-VR services. Through this program, we support individuals with autism in developing the soft skills need to succeed in the workplace and assist with job placement and supported employment. In addition to these services, we also offer services that are specially designed for transition-age students.

Services for transition-age students (16 and older) include the following:

  • Post-Secondary Counseling for Students: To provide students with counseling related to education options after high school
  • Job Exploration Counseling for Students: To provide students with counseling related to careers options after high school
  • Self-Advocacy for Students: To develop self-advocacy skills
  • Work Readiness for Students: To enhance career exploration and develop soft skills;
  • Work-Based Learning Development for Students: To develop an internship, work try-out or work-based learning experience. Work-
  • Based Learning Development may be used as a stand-alone service
  • Work-Based Learning Experience for Students: To assist with paid work experience in instances where the employer is unable to place the student on his/her payroll
  • Work-Based Coaching Supports for Students (for employment): To provide coaching for supports youth engaged in paid work experiences

To learn more about any of these services or to discuss a potential referral for ACCES-VR services, please contact Joseph Amodeo at or (212) 244-5560, ext. 2016.

Clothing and Linen Drive
Support QSAC’s Day Habilitation Programs


QSAC has partnered with ACLD (Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc.) to collect gently used (or new) clean clothing, towels, and bedding. The collected clothing will be sold to a company that recycles used clothing and QSAC’s portion of the proceeds will be used to support our day habilitation programs.

Large recycling bins have been set up at the following sites to collect donations:

Queens Center - 25-09 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106
Jamaica 2 - Day Habilitation and Family Services - 150-30 132nd Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11434
Jamaica 1 - Transportation Office - 156-15 146 Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11435
Preschool & Early Childhood Center - 245-37 60th Avenue, Douglaston, NY 11362
Whitestone Day School - 12-10 150th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357

The Bronx
Bronx II Day Habilitation Center - 1930 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461
Bronx Day School and Preschool - 3200 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468

Long Island
Nassau Center - Floral Park - 110 Jericho Tpke., Ste. 220, Floral Park, NY 11001
Suffolk Center - Melville - 320 South Service Road, Suite 103, Melville, NY 11747

Please help us support both QSAC and the ACLD!







Learn-to-Ride Special Needs

Bike New York is offering free group lessons for individuals with autism, down syndrome, and other learning disabilities.

Saturday, September 28th
(for kids aged 5+)

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Takes place at Victory Field at Forest Park, in Woodhaven, NY, 11421

Click Here To Register
Please, be sure to register using YOUR CHILD’S name and information.

FREE and bikes and helmets are provided at no additional cost

If any individual or family has any questions regarding these classes, please reach out to Joelle Galatan at or visit for more information.

New York City Culture Pass

Explore New York City’s museums and attractions with Culture Pass. If you have a library card, you can get free admission to dozens of cultural institutions. Save money and discover more about your city!

Visit to reserve a pass.

Questions About Care Management?
Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Has Answers!

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) now has a place on its homepage where you can quickly access information about care management and Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs). Visit and click on the box titled Questions About Care Management?

Each CCO has a Customer Service Liaison who can help you with problems or questions you have about care management. Those liaisons are listed on the OPWDD web page. Click here to view.

If you or someone you care for receives care management services and is having trouble getting assistance from a Care Manager, OPWDD’s regional Care Coordination Support Liaisons can also help. These liaisons are listed on OPWDD’s website. Click here to view.




Internet Safety Resources

Did you know that only 39% of parents report using parental controls for blocking, filtering, or monitoring their teen’s online activities, according to a study by Pew Research Center in January 2016. In this digital age, the risks that we are exposed to on the internet are ever-evolving. It important to teach our children about internet safety and keep up with the most up-to-date information available. Here are a few resources to learn more about online safety risks, and how to protect your children online:

National Online Safety Parent Guides
Common Sense Media Ultimate Guides for Parents
SafeKids.Com Bulling and Cyberbulling Resources

Support QSAC While You Shop

QSAC is registered with both Amazon Smile and KidCents through RiteAid to receive donations through purchases when you designate QSAC as your charity of choice. You have to register in order to activate this service, please click the links below to find out more about these programs.

Amazon Smile
KidCents through RiteAid






QSAC offers FREE psychological evaluations and psychosocial assessments for individuals living in Queens with their families who do not have Medicaid.

To make a referral or schedule an appointment, please contact Rhodie Volpe, our Early Childhood Administrator, by phone at (718) 728-8476 ext. 1512 or by email at


Morgan Zymnis & Kara Durgin from Penn State University research team are conducting a project to determine what treatments for people with autism parents find effective.

The research would require you to complete an online survey ( examining what autism treatments you have seen implemented, what treatments you find effective, and your thoughts about the treatment effectiveness. The number of questions will depend upon your experience with different autism treatments.


The QSAC School age program in the Bronx & Queens has openings. The Bronx site is at 3200 Jerome Ave. Bronx, NY 10468. The Queens site is located at 12-10 150th St., Whitestone, NY 11357.

QSAC's Day School program provides children 5 to 21 years of age with an appropriate education implemented in the least restrictive environment. We have classes of 6:1:3, 8:1:2, and 10:1:2 student to staff ratios in the Bronx and 6:1:3 and 8:1:3 in Queens.

For questions, please contact:
Larisa Muratov, M.Ed., M.S.Ed.
IEP Coordinator
(718) 728-8476 ext. 1513 or

Upcoming Parent Training & Support Groups

QSAC has many options available to aid parents and guardians who are caring for someone diagnosed with autism. Parent Support Groups (offered in English and Spanish) provide a forum for sharing the successes, disappointments, and anxieties that arise from caring for a child with autism.

In addition, our Parent Training program seeks to provide caregivers with the tools necessary to improve the independence and quality of life of their loved ones with autism or other developmental disorders. Upcoming meeting dates, times, and location sites can be found on the flyers here.                         

SIBS Club - A Queens College Program

Children with ASD often have social and communication impairments that affect their interactions with peers and siblings. SIBS Club is designed to enhance these relationships and interactions between children with autism and their siblings through group activities and inclusive recreation.