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Gary Maffei, CEO & Executive Director of QSAC to Join Global Autism Project Board of Directors

June 22, 2011 2:40 pm Published by

The Global Autism Project is excited to announce that Gary A. Maffei, CEO and Executive Director of QSAC is one of the newest members of our Board of Directors. The Global Autism Project has had a history of strong and committed leadership and we’re confident that Gary Maffei will be a great fit for our team.

As a Board member, Mr Maffei shares with six others the responsibility of leadership over an International organization founded in 2003 with partnerships in four countries. The Global Autism Project provides training in clinical practices as well as sustainable business practices to build local capacity to provide exceptional services to people with autism internationally.
Maffei has been executive director and CEO of Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) since 1992. He brought to that post more than 30 years experience as a senior-level administrator with several non-profit organizations.
Prior to joining QSAC, Mr. Maffei served from 1987 as executive director of the AIDS Center of Queens County. In that post, he managed a staff of professionals in client services and public education. While serving the center, Mr. Maffei was elected to the board of directors of the New York AIDS Coalition in 1988, and was appointed by the NYC Mayor, to two citywide councils—the Mayor’s Police Council in 1989, and the Ryan White HIV Council in 1991. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Maffei served as chair of the Queens Borough President’s Task Force on Disabilities. In 1994, he served as a committee chair for the Queens Development Disability Council. In 1999 he was elected to the Inter-Agency Council on Developmental Disabilities board of directors and today also serves on its Executive Committee.
Mr. Maffei previously served with the NYS Commission on Quality of Care and NYC Community Board M-5. On June 19, 2001, Borough President, Schulman, declared “Gary Maffei Day,” in Queens, recognizing his tireless efforts and years of service to the Queens community. Borough President Marshall presented him with a Citation of Honor in 2007 and PFLAG awarded him their 2009 Tavadia Memorial Award. He earned a master of public administration and a bachelors of arts degree in political science from CW Post, LIU.
About The Global Autism Project:
The Global Autism Project is an international non-profit organization that was founded in Ghana in 2003. The Project employs a two-part approach with training in clinical as well as sustainable businesses practices. This approach builds local capacity to provide excellent services for individuals with autism Worldwide. Currently, the organization has partnerships in Ghana, India and Kenya and is looking to expand into South American countries in the coming months. The Paddle for Autism Awareness is our Signature fundraising event. More information is available at

One in Six Kids Has a Developmental Disability: Rise in ADHD & ASD Diagnoses

June 7, 2011 2:13 pm Published by

Developmental disabilities are on the rise, with significant increases in autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to results from a new study reported in Pediatrics (Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in US Children, 1997–2008).

Researchers studied information collected from the 1997 to 2008 National Health Interview Surveys, focusing on parent-reported diagnoses in 119,367 children 3 to 17 years of age. The prevalence of any developmental disability increased 17.1%, from 12.84% to 15.04%, over the 12-year study period.

The upward trend in developmental disabilities was primarily because of a 33% increase in ADHD. Autism, however, had the largest relative increase at 289.5%, rising nearly 4-fold from 0.19% to 0.74%.

With the dramatic increase of developmental disabilities, the critical need for more health and education services is obvious. Yet, the continuation of budget cuts and freezes surround us.


QSAC is a New York City and Long Island based nonprofit that supports children and adults with autism, together with their families, in achieving greater independence, realizing their future potential, and contributing to their communities in a meaningful way by offering person-centered services.

QSAC pursues this mission through direct services that provide a supportive and individualized setting for children and adults with autism to improve their communication, socialization, academic, and functional skills.