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Harlem Day Hab visits PIMCO

On November 5th, seven individuals from the Harlem Day Habilitation site, along with QSAC staff, visited the PIMCO office for a volunteer event. Participants took part in a financial literacy workshop and then joined volunteers for a budgeting game. The individuals learned about setting financial goals, budgeting, and saving. It was a great experience for the participants and volunteers!



QSAC Whitestone Day School
Halloween 2019 - Trunk or Treat

On Wednesday, October 30th, students from the QSAC Day School in Whitestone were invited to the Pee Wee Folks Preschool to participate in their annual Trunk or Treat festival. Parents and friends of the children who attend Pee Wee take time out to come together and decorate their car trunks with Halloween and cartoon character themes. This event gives the student a safe environment to dress up as their favorite characters and receive goodies.

Students Colin and Angelo, alongside staff members Sheffona Robertson and Chantel Bathersfield, decorated and gave treats to the students. Colin and Angelo had the opportunity to practice social skills, use their creativity, and to enhance their participation within the community. Colin and Angelo enjoyed greeting people and looking at the other trunks. Colin favored the trunk decorated as a farm and Angelo liked the Cookie Monster-themed trunk. The Pee Wee Preschool staff were pleased to have the students as guests and look forward to next year!



IRA3 - QCP Halloween Contest

Individuals from our IRA 3 group home participated in the QCP Halloween Contest on Friday, October 25th where they were voted the "Best Dressed House". The individuals were very happy and excited with their win. Along with their "Title", the individuals also received a toaster oven for their home.

Each individual shopped for their own costume and expressed themselves as their favorite superhero. Their choices and effort was recognized as evident in their win. Congratulations IRA 3!



Autism NJ Conference

On the 17th and 18th of October, Team members from the Day Habilitation Programs had the opportunity to attend the Autism NJ Conference.

QSAC presented a workshop with the Genesis School/ Eden II school on increasing independence and interdependence in adolescent and adult learners with ASD. Additionally, QSAC presented research that was completed at the Bronx 2 Day Habilitation program on teaching staff to complete vocational preference assessments.







This #GivingTuesday, give the gift of a brighter future. At QSAC, we are helping children and adults with autism improve their skills today to expand their opportunities for tomorrow. With your gift on December 3rd, you can help QSAC continue to create a future for individuals with autism that is inclusive, supportive, and full of possibilities.

This year, Facebook is matching the first $7 million in donations made on #GivingTuesday to U.S. nonprofit organizations. Your gift—large or small—could be doubled to help us meet our goal! Matching gifts will be available starting at 8:00am (EST), so mark your calendar and remember to log on and donate.

If you'd prefer to make your donation today, please visit our #GivingTuesday Facebook Fundraiser by clicking here.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to Katie Joyner at or 212-244-5560 ext. 2064.

ASD Nest & Horizon Programs,
Comprehensive Presentations About DOE Programs

Do you have a school-age child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Join us for a presentation from the NYC Department of Education on the ASD Nest and Horizon programs. The primary goal of both programs is to provide academic and behavioral supports to students with an ASD diagnosis within a public school environment.

Morning Session: December 4th, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Evening Session: December 5th, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Presenter: Michelle Netzler, Senior Director, Specialized Programs (ACES, ASD, and BSE Programs) New York City Department of Education

Click here for the event registration page.



Motorcycle Club Will Bring Toys and Cheer to QSAC

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, we will be hosting our annual Toys For Tots event at QSAC's Queens Village location during the Saturday Recreation Program.

The Motorcycle Club of the Local 3 Electrical Union will be there starting at 1pm to give out toys. We encourage QSAC families to bring your child to this special event.



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

DESCRIPTION: Children born in 2015 will start kindergarten in the fall of 2020. Moving from preschool to kindergarten marks an exciting new chapter in your child's life. In this workshop, we will address some questions you may have about the process and about New York City's public schools. Join us and learn about the transition to school-age special education services and the kindergarten application process.

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

DESCRIPTION: This hands-on workshop will explore sensory processing issues that may be causing your child’s difficult to explain behaviors and his/hers decreased ability to process sensory information. There will be fun and practical activities demonstrated to support your child in home, school, and during recreational activities. There will also be opportunities to learn and practice exercises to help your child manage sensory overload.

(80 West End Avenue, New York, NY 10023) 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.

(1770 Stillwell Avenue, Bronx, NY 10469) 10am-12pm

DESCRIPTION: This presentation will provide a research update on social skills interventions for children, teens, and adults with ASD. Dr. Gorenstein will focus on strategies that parents can use to help build their child’s social communication skills.

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

DESCRIPTION: This presentation will focus on the different diagnostic evaluations available to diagnose ASD. Dr. Gorenstein will discuss what parents should look for when seeking an independent evaluation for his or her child and provide an overview of what types of evaluations are needed to access services.

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



ASD Nest & Horizon Programs,
Comprehensive Presentations About DOE Programs

Do you have a school-age child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Join us for a presentation from the NYC Department of Education on the ASD Nest and Horizon programs. The primary goal of both programs is to provide academic and behavioral supports to students with an ASD diagnosis within a public school environment.

Morning Session: December 4th, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Evening Session: December 5th, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Presenter: Michelle Netzler, Senior Director, Specialized Programs (ACES, ASD, and BSE Programs) New York City Department of Education

Click here for the event registration page.



Social Skills Groups for students with ASD and Anxiety

FREE 12-week social skills group for students aged 8-11 with ASD and Anxiety that will be run at the clinic at St. John’s University in Queens, NY.

Students who attend all group sessions and have all treatment evaluation measures completed will receive a $75 AMAZON gift-card at the conclusion of the group.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Mark Terjesen or the interventionist (Veronica Milito) at



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!




QSAC started its annual Food Drive on Monday, November 4.

Each of our sites will be a drop-off point so that families, staff, guests, etc. can drop off canned food. The Box or Boxes will be on display at or around the Front Desk.

Pick-ups at the Front Desk will occur as needed by the mailrun staff and all the donated items will be brought to Broadway to be sorted and stored at Broadway until we are ready to make the actual care packages for our neediest families.

Our Food Drive continues until the end of December. We will be delivering care packages the week of Thanksgiving and then again during the week of Christmas.

The following items are best: Green Beans, Yams, Corn, Carrots, Diced tomatoes, Pasta Sauces, Soups, Dried beans Pasta, Rice, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Tuna, Dried milk, Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, Cereals

Please help us spread the word. The sites that will be drop-off points are as follows:




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.