One in 68 Children has Autism

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CDC reports autism rates climb to 1 in 68

March 27, 2014 3:26 pm Published by

Dear Friend,

Earlier today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that autism diagnosis rates had climbed 30% over the past two years from 1 in 88, to 1 in 68 schoolchildren. The report issued by the CDC also mentioned that diagnosis rates among boys is now 1 in 42 boys compared to the earlier statistic of 1 in 54 boys.

With today’s news, I wanted to take a moment to share with you an article from CNN regarding the CDC’s new report: “CDC: 1 in 68 U.S. children has autism.”

As we reflect on the CDC’s new report, please know that QSAC has programs and services for families in need of support. In fact, for more than 36 years we have been providing person-centered educational, residential, habilitation, and support services for children and adults with autism throughout New York City and Long Island. In light of the CDC’s recent report, it’s clear that our mission is more important now than ever before.

If you know of a friend or family member who may be seeking services or supports, please encourage them to visit the “Our Resources” section of QSAC’s website to learn more about our support groups, parent trainings, and other community-based programs.

With the CDC’s new report, I hope you’ll join me and others in expressing the continued need for critical programs and services to support the autism community. As diagnosis rates continue to rise, so too will the need for support services.

Thank you again for your support of QSAC and our programs for the autism community.

Kind regards,
Gary Maffei
Executive Director

Support the Bronx Day Hab’s Dog Biscuit Company

March 26, 2014 1:02 pm Published by

An enterprising crew from the Bronx Day-Hab has started up their very own business!

Members of the Doggy Delights team began from scratch and have built a thriving dog biscuit company. The team bakes the biscuits on site using fresh ingredients and has marketed their product to members of the QSAC community.

Please support our efforts and give your dog a delicious peanut buttery treat! To place an order, contact Courtney Johnson at  (718) 728-8476, ext. 1800. (Note: delivery/ pick-up will be arranged depending on location- all bags are $3.00, payment is COD/ COP).

Job Fair on March 18: Join Us to Learn More About a Rewarding Career with QSAC

March 5, 2014 4:36 pm Published by

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) will host a job fair at their office located at 25-09 Broadway to recruit and fill multiple positions. QSAC is seeking employees to fill vacancies for community habilitation and respite opportunities.

Positions are part-time during the afternoon, evening, weekend and school holidays. Locations are in consumers’ homes throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Nassau. Jobs are available in May 2014.

The Job Fair will provide interested candidates with an opportunity to interview with QSAC’s hiring staff while learning more about job opportunities with the organization. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, however, a college degree is preferred. Applicants with a familiarity with people with developmental disabilities, a plus.

QSAC will be primarily recruiting candidates for Community Habilitation Specialist openings. Habilitation Specialists are responsible for the implementation of client treatment plans. In addition, to client treatment plans, employees promote client socialization, recreation, communication, travel training and money management where applicable. On-the-job training related to the responsibilities of the position will be provided.

Interested applicants can register online for an interview time at Interview times are available for  4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. If you are unavailable to attend, please email your resume and a cover letter with a subject line indicating “Direct Care Worker” to

Council Member Johnson Visits QSAC

March 4, 2014 11:59 am Published by

Earlier today, Council Member Corey Johnson visited QSAC’s Day Habilitation Program in his district in Manhattan. The Council Member had an opportunity to meet with program participants and staff while also learning more about QSAC’s programs and services for the autism community throughout the borough and the city. Council Member Johnson represents Manhattan’s West Side (District 3) and serves as the Chair of the City Council’s Committee on Health.

Council Member Johnson shakes hands with a participant from QSAC's Day Habilitation program.
Council Member Johnson shakes hands with a participant from QSAC’s Day Habilitation program.
Council Member Johnson and a member of QSAC's Day Habilitation staff discuss the impact of our programs.
Council Member Johnson and a member of QSAC’s Day Habilitation staff discuss the impact of our programs.













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.