Top Long Island Nonprofits That Help People With Autism

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AHRC Foundation
AHRC Foundation provides financial support and guidance for the Long Island intellectual development disability community. The foundation works to ensure that services are available to all. Services: Planned giving, supplemental needs, pooled trusts

The ELIJA Foundation
The ELIJA Foundation focuses on supporting families and providing training for professionals who educate and treat those affected by autism. Services: Outreach services, transitional programs and services, applied behavior analysis programs

Flying Point Foundation
Flying Point Foundation hosts an inclusion summer camp for children with autism, ages 6 to 21. Children learn social and communication skills. Services: Camp Flying Point

Life’s WORC
Life’s WORC has been providing comprehensive services and support for people with intellectual disabilities and autism and their families for 50 years. These services are found in Queens, Manhattan, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. Services: Behavior analysis services, community habilitation, customized employment services, day habilitation, Family Center for Autism, residential services, respite and family support, trust and financial services

Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism
NSSA offers lifelong support and services to help people with autism to function better in everyday life. Services: Education programs at The Martin C. Barell School, adult services programs, consultation services programs, family support services

Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC)
QSAC supports children and adults with autism as well as their families on Long Island and in New York City through programs, services, and support groups. Services: Adult services, services for students and children, support groups and training, continuing education

Specialized Autism Support and Information (SASI)
SASI provides resources, information, programs, and services to empower people affected by autism to gain independence and confidence. Services: Advocacy fund, assembly program, life skills program, Office of People with Developmental Disabilities Assistance, parent support groups, sibling support groups, vocational program

Spectrum of Dreams
Spectrum of Dreams helps families with financial support for special needs children on Long Island. Services: Aid, scholarships

The Golden Fund Autism
The Golden Fund for Autism works with children and their families in Nassau and Suffolk counties with financial needs by providing scholarships to access local provider services. Services: Provide funds to people with autism to help access treatments and services not covered by insurance

Winters Center for Autism
The nonprofit has services for children, teens, and adults but has a focus on having services and support for adults with autism. They try to close the age gap of services for people with autism. Services: Transition work experience, vocational training, job creation, job placement and success

Editor’s note: Life’s WORC was founded by Victoria Schneps-Yunis, founder of Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press.

-Compiled by Sheyla Torres

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