New Partnership will Train Future Educators for Children with Autism – QSAC’s Preschool and Queens College Sign Partnership AgreementJune 13, 2013 3:18 pm Published by Gina Feliciano, PH.D, BCBA-D., SAS
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 www.qsac.com.