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Babylon Town Renames Street for Late Joe Winters, Helps Cut Ribbon for Winters Center for Autism

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The Winters Family Foundation held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 14,000-square-foot Winters Center for Autism campus on June 15.

More than 200 guests gathered to celebrate the opening of the new state-of-the-art campus committed to job training, wellness, and employment opportunities. The morning concluded with the street renaming and dedication ceremony in honor of Joe Winters for his devotion to the autism community. Mahan Street in West Babylon is now Joe Winters Way.

Adding to the celebration of this special day, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone designated June 15, 2022 as Joe and Michele Winters Day in Town of Babylon and Suffolk County.

The unemployment rate for individuals with autism exceeds 90%. Jobs can give people a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Identifying businesses in the Long Island community who want to be a part of making a difference is the key to changing the landscape of unemployment for adults with autism.

The Winters Center for Autism provides job services including job training, career planning, interview preparation, exploration of volunteer and educational opportunities, and employer assistance to develop easy-to-implement employment programs for people with autism.

The Transition Work Experience Program at Winters Center for Autism offers participants with autism ages 21+ the opportunity to learn the vocational, social, and independent living skills important for employment success. The program will offer hands-on skill development to harness the potential of each person and discover the job that may best fit their abilities.

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