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New Partnership will Train Future Educators for Children with Autism – QSAC’s Preschool and Queens College Sign Partnership Agreement

June 13, 2013 3:18 pm Published by

Queens, N.Y., June 13, 2013 – Quality Services for the Autism Community’s (QSAC) Preschool in Douglaston and Queens College have forged an agreement that will support a collaborative partnership to enhance the behavior analytic training of students enrolled at the college. Students participating in the program are enrolled in Queens College’s Psychology Ph.D. program and Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s degree program.

The College’s program will provide CUNY students with relevant mentored clinical and research opportunities to supplement the graduate program experiences. Specifically, the program will draw on QSAC’s more than 35 years of experience in serving the autism community as well as the organization’s staff including Gina Feliciano, Ph.D., BCBA-D, SAS, the Director of the QSAC Preschool.

The Preschool will benefit from this partnership by having teaching assistants who are pursuing at least a Master’s degree and are funded by an outside entity. With their onsite work at QSAC, not only will students in the preschool and QSAC staff benefit by the field of Applied Behavior Analysis will as well. As QSAC moves forward in our mission to provide the best evidenced based services for the people we serve, it is important that QSAC be a part of the research efforts. This new relationship with Queens College will aid in increasing QSAC’s visibility with regards to Applied Behavior Analysis as well as its long history of providing quality services for the autism community.

The QSAC Preschool is a center-based program which provides children between the ages of three and five with an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. The preschool is a full day, 12-month program with a continuum of class size ratios from small classes to less restrictive classrooms, which are led by New York State Certified Special Education Teachers. All classroom instruction at the preschool is implemented according to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

This new partnership between the QSAC Preschool and Queens College is a testament to QSAC’s longstanding commitment to supporting new professionals entering the field. Throughout its history, QSAC has trained a number of leaders serving children and adults with autism. Regarding the new partnership, QSAC’s Deputy Executive Director who is an alumna of Queens College, Lisa Veglia said, “We are very excited about this new partnership. Our close relationship with Queens College goes back many years, so this agreement will allow us to work even more closely together as we train the next generation of professionals serving children with autism.”


Quality Services for the Autism Community is dedicated to providing meaningful educational, residential, habilitation, and support services for children with autism and their families. Today, QSAC serves more than 5,000 people per year throughout New York City and Long Island. Visit QSAC online at

Raphael Miranda, NBC4 Meteorologist, to Emcee Gala for Quality Services for the Autism Community’s 35th Anniversary

June 12, 2013 1:37 pm Published by

Raphael Miranda, an Emmy Award winning meteorologist for NBC4’s “Weekend Today in New York,” will serve as the emcee for Quality Services for the Autism Community’s (QSAC) upcoming gala taking place on Tuesday, June 18 in New York City. The annual gala raises funds to support direct services for children and adults with autism through New York City and Long Island.

In addition to serving on the “Weekend Today in New York” on-air team, Mr. Miranda is also a weather producer for NBC4’s various newscasts. Since joining WNBC in 2007, Miranda has appeared on News 12 Westchester, NBC Weatherplus, Early Today, and on MSNBC and CNBC World.

In 2011, Miranda won an Emmy Award for weather coverage of Hurricane Irene. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and holds the National Weather Association (NWA) Seal of Approval. He is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

As emcee, Raphael will help to inaugurate QSAC’s 35th year of service to the autism community of New York City and Long Island. Since 1978, QSAC has been providing quality services for children and adults with autism and their families. Today, QSAC serves 5,000 people each year through its educational, residential, habilitation, and support programs.

This year’s gala will be held at Guastavino’s on Manhattan’s East Side under the 59th Street Bridge. The gala will honor the Barr-Knight family with the Humanitarians of the Year Award, Danielle Guarino with the Philanthropic Leadership Award, and PIMCO with the organization’s Corporate Leadership Award.


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.