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ACCES-VR (Employment Services)
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In all of our programs, QSAC uses a person-centered approach that seeks to ensure a highly individualized program to best support the individual we are serving. In addition, we are always guided by our values: Mission-Oriented, Results-Driven, Collaborative, and Passionate.
QSAC’s ACCES-VR services focus on supporting individuals with autism and other disabilities with identifying and pursuing their vocational goals. We pride ourselves on providing a personal touch that focuses on an individual’s strengths, interests, abilities, aptitudes, and skills.
All of our ACCES-VR services are personalized to the individual including our evaluation and assessment services. QSAC offers the full range of ACCES-VR services including assessment, job preparation, pre-ETS, job placement, adjunct, and supported employment services.
We offer ACCES-VR services throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties. We are also able to accept referrals from Staten Island and Brooklyn.
As an organization, QSAC has extensive experience supporting both students and adults with autism develop vocational skills.
Ready to learn more about our ACCES-VR services? Click on any of the service types below to read more about each service type as well as the specific services that we are approved to offer. If you have any questions, please contact
Joseph Amodeo at (212) 244-5560, ext. 2016.
Day Habilitation Program
The QSAC Day Habilitation program is a person-centered program that helps develop consumer choice and the skills necessary for individuals to learn to become active and participating members of their own homes and communities.
Each participant's individual functioning level is continually assessed and programs and goals are developed that suit every individual's needs. Participants in the Day Habilitation program work on targeted goals and behaviors such as adaptive living, communication and food preparation skills and the elimination of inappropriate behaviors (such as aggression). Part of each participant's day is spent in the community where participants develop a more productive role in society.
The Day Habilitation program is open to individuals 21 years of age or over who are diagnosed with autism or pervasive developmental disorder.
The program operates Monday through Friday, year round, between the hours of 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Supervised transportation to and from the program is provided. For more information about the QSAC Day Habilitation Program, please call Farzana Karim at (718) 7-AUTISM ext. 1233 or email her at FKarim@qsac.com.
The Community Habilitation program is primarily a skills training program designed to assist families who are caring for their disabled loved one at home. The goal of the Community Habilitation program is to enable individuals with autism or pervasive developmental disorder to develop the skills and behaviors necessary to be participating members of their home and community. Upon entering the Community Habilitation program, each participants strengths and needs are assessed and treatment plans are developed to enhance the overall functioning of the individual. Each treatment plan is designed and implemented according to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
The times and schedules of the Community Habilitation program are arranged individually for each consumer. All participants in the Community Habilitation program must have a diagnosis of autism or pervasive developmental disorder. For more information about the QSAC Community Habilitation Program, please call Farzana Karim at (718) 7-AUTISM Ext. 1233 or email her at
QSAC's Day School program provides children 5 to 21 years of age with an appropriate education, implemented in the least restrictive environment. Each student in the QSAC Day School receives individualized programming that is designed and implemented in conjunction with the Committee on Special Education, the student's family, the student's school teacher, therapists, and the Director of the School. Each program is designed according to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
The QSAC Day School also provides related services and offers family members the opportunity to take part in Parent Training Workshops and Family Support Groups. Referrals for this program are made on an individual basis with a coordinated effort between QSAC and the Committee on Special Education. Currently, the QSAC Day School has 12 separate classrooms, 11 of which are comprised of 6 children, 1 teacher and 3 teacher assistants (6:1:3) and 1 classroom which is comprised of 8 children, 1 teacher and 3 teacher assistants (8:1:3). The QSAC Day School operates 12 months per year, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:15 AM – 2:45 PM. For more information about the QSAC Day School Program, please call Larisa Muratov at (718) 7-AUTISM. ext. 1513 or email her at
Emergency Respite Fund
QSAC has funds available to assist families living in Queens to pay for emergency respite for their disabled loved ones in times of crisis. The Emergency Respite Fund is designed to assist families in coping with unexpected family illnesses, pregnancies, deaths, and/or extreme emotional stresses. For more information about the Fund please call Farzana Karim at (718) 7-AUTISM, ext. 1233.
Family Reimbursement Program
The QSAC Family Reimbursement program allocates funds to families for the reimbursement of goods and services, not covered under any existing benefits or entitlements. The goal of the program is to lighten the financial burden of families, while at the same time increasing the quality of life of individuals with autism or pervasive developmental disorder. The Family Reimbursement program is open to all individuals who are diagnosed with autism or pervasive developmental disorder. For more information about the QSAC Family Reimbursement, please call Annie Washington at (718) 7-AUTISM Ext. 1219 or email her at AWashington@qsac.com.
QSAC Residential programs feature both Individualized Residential Alternatives and Intermediate Care Facilities that offer home environments that foster independence, community integration, individualization and productivity.
Each individual residing in a QSAC residence is provided with opportunities to participate in meaningful adult roles and develop social relationships while at the same time emphasizing individual choice. Each resident enjoys various recreational and social activities on a regular basis.
Each resident is also involved in every facet of the home environment, including cooking their own meals, shopping for food and household supplies, and doing regular household chores.
The goal of QSAC's residential programs is to create a nurturing environment that promotes personal growth and a sense of dignity in each of our residents.
For more information about the QSAC Residential Services or any of QSAC’s other programs please call (718) 7-AUTISM.
Respite at Home
The QSAC In-Home Respite program seeks to provide scheduled care to individuals with autism or pervasive developmental disorder in their own homes.
The program serves a dual purpose as it provides participants with opportunities to develop greater independence and dignity, while offering caregivers a break from their daily responsibilities.
Each family participating in the In-Home Respite program is offered one 4-hour respite per week. Families can request day or evening, weekday or weekend respites.
For more information about the QSAC In-Home Respite, please call Farzana Karim at (718) 7-AUTISM ext. 1233 or email her at FKarim@qsac.com.
The QSAC Overnight Respite program offers the opportunity for greater independence for participants while giving a weekend of relief to care givers.
The Overnight Respite program typically takes place at a recreational facility such as a dude ranch. However, the service may take place in the participants home or in a mutually convenient location.
The Overnight Respite program is open to all individuals who have a diagnosis of autism or pervasive developmental disorder.
For more information about the QSAC Overnight Respite or any of QSAC’s other programs please call (718) 7-AUTISM.
QSAC's Self-Advocacy Group meets every two weeks. Through the advocate-led group, advocates have opportunities to socialize while discussing pertinent issues and learning valuable skills. Participants learn how to advocate for their rights and the rights of others with autism. To learn more about the Self-Advocacy Group, please contact
Seniors with Autism and Aging Caregivers Program
QSAC recognizes that the needs for individuals with autism and their aging caregivers require unique supports to help meet an individual's changing needs as they age. In light of this, QSAC’s Aging Project explores and responds to issues surrounding developmental disabilities, aging, and how they intersect.
We take referrals and provide assistance for individuals who are 60 years and older who have an autism spectrum disorder or are caregivers to a family member with autism and/or another intellectual or developmental disability. This assistance is offered regardless of any benefits, income, or services a person receives.
The Aging Project also continuously looks for resources helpful to those who are aging in the developmental disability community, and attempts to be specific for services in both categories. Please see below for a list of helpful resources. This list is by no means exhaustive—expect it to grow and change.
Participants do not have to have Medicaid to receive this service. The program is free-of-charge. To inquire about the program, please contact
QSAC's Aging Project is made possible with support from The Fan Fax and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, and the New York City Council.
CareerWise (Career/Social Skills Group)
As a part of QSAC’s network of skill development groups, we launched CareerWise. This group provides support, guidance, networking opportunities, and training for individuals with disabilities who are currently employed or are searching for employment. CareerWise is a free service and meets on a bi-weekly basis.
The group provides individuals with disabilities with an opportunity socialize with others while also taking part in an array of training workshops on topics such as communication in the workplace, resume and cover letter preparation, interview and networking skills, teamwork, customer service skills, advocating for your rights in the workplace, and other skills that are important to ensure success as you pursue your career. CareerWise also provides a safe space for individuals to ask questions and discuss situations that come up at work.
In addition to the workshops and discussions, the group hosts guest speakers from an array of industries who offer brief presentations on their careers. After the presentation, the guest speaker takes part in a question and answer session, so that members of the group can learn more about the speaker’s career.
National External Diploma Program (NEDP) - High School Equivalency
NEDP is a nationally and state recognized computer-based assessment program for motivated out-of-school youth (18 years and older) and adults with life and work experience. The NEDP is not a test, but a flexible, self-paced assessment program where students work independently on a series of online assignments that cover a variety of academic subjects. Students demonstrate their skills by successfully completing a series of online assignments.
NEDP is flexible, can be done at home, and fits in with most busy schedules. There are no classes involved. Students meet in person with their NEDP advisor to review their progress approximately every 1-2 weeks for 1 hour. Students who complete NEDP are awarded with a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma by the New York State Department of Education.
New York State adults and out-of-school youth without a high school diploma who are 18 and older, and pass CASAS and TABE diagnostic tests at a 9th grade level qualify for NEDP.
For questions about the program, please contact Joseph Amodeo at firstname.lastname@example.org.