QSAC, Inc.

Rating: 4.88 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Disabilities

Location: 253 W 35th St 16th floor New York NY 10001 USA

Mission: The mission of QSAC, Quality Services for the Autism Community, is tohelp individuals with an autism spectrum disorder to live meaningfuland fulfilled lives in our society. To accomplish this goal QSACdevelops and provides educational, habilitation, residential, support,and recreational programs to meet the needs of persons with autism andtheir families. QSAC aims to help foster and develop a personal senseof worth and dignity for all participants in our programs. Accordingly, QSACprovides and maintains the highest level of professional services thatutilize the most innovative therapeutic techniques. QSAC continuallystrives to develop a better public understanding of the needs ofindividuals with autism and to foster a feeling of responsibilityamong the public for the well being of the autism community. QSAC iscommitted to assisting our consumers in becoming independent andproductive members of their communities.
Target demographics: New York City and Long Island. About 75% of the families we serve are low income. Many of QSAC’s participants represent challenging cases referred to QSAC by the Boards of Education and New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
Programs: QSAC Residential programs feature bothIndividualized Residential Alternatives and Intermediate CareFacilities that offer home environments that foster independence,community integration, individualization and productivity.Each individual residing in a QSAC residence is provided withopportunities to participate in meaningful adult roles and developsocial relationships while at the same time emphasizing individualchoice.Each resident enjoys various recreational and social activities on aregular basis. Each resident is also involved in every facet of thehome environment, including cooking their own meals, shopping for foodand household supplies, and doing regular household chores.The goal of QSAC's residential programs is to create a nurturingenvironment that promotes personal growth and a sense of dignity ineach of our residents.

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Rating: 5 stars  

QSAC workers truly dedicate their all to their consumers. They work their hardest to provide the autistic population services that they deserve. Autism is a diagnosis however; it does not classify this population as being "not able." Everybody has their own dreams and so those with Autism. They also wake up every day wanting to acquire or experience something new. People underestimate how difficult it is to raise a child who has Autism and the struggles parents go through. QSAC employees have sympathy and recognize that is it not easy.

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Currently, we are working on getting him Medicaid and HCBS Waiver Enrollement. His QSAC Case Manager has been helping my family members to acquire these services. Thank you Medicaid Service Coordination department.

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I would not change a thing. They are truly dedicated to their consumers' needs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Hearing the words, “your child has autism” is like a tiny crack in the ice that spreads until half of a glacier falls into the ocean, and leaves you just as cold. Imagine, now, reading these words on your autistic daughter’s report card: “failure to thrive in the classroom.” Failure to “thrive”? Was our daughter “dying” in the classroom? My husband and I had gone to New York City public schools, as does our son. Yet our daughter’s special ed. classroom in a local public school was adding to her demise. Thus began our search for a more “appropriate placement” for our daughter C., a setting where she would not just survive, but “thrive” and progress. Our research led us to QSAC Dayschool, which utilizes an ABA (applied behavioral analysis) approach to teach the students. C. had made some strides while receiving ABA during Early Intervention, and we felt that we had found a match. After many evaluations, two and a half years of red tape, and finally an impartial hearing, she was allowed to attend QSAC Dayschool and Afterschool in 2008. Fast-forward to March 1st, 2010, when our daughter received the Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities Celebrating Success award for outstanding achievement! Or to June 25th, 2010, when she sang a Miley Cyrus song with a fellow classmate at the first-ever Dayschool graduation! C. has made tremendous progress in her new home and the Dayschool has become our family’s home, too. We participate in the much-needed Parent Support Group, parent training classes, and the Sibling Support Group. The QSAC organization provides us with service coordination and support in all aspects of having a family member affected by autism. No child fits a mold, particularly the “special child”. When we were cast adrift by the public school system, QSAC was our lifeline. We will be forever grateful to the courageous founders of the QSAC organization, and to the dedicated professionals there who continue to work on behalf of families such as ours.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in helping our family cope with the challenge of a family member with autism.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase it's funding so that more families could be helped and the children could enjoy a sensory gym and adaptive technology.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My son D. was diagnosed with autism at 20 months, he currently attends QSAC preschool. When D. (now almost 5) started preschool a year ago, we were scared and skeptic, after all he had been receiving services for almost 2 years and very little progress had been made. Little did we know that our life was gonna take a turn for the better, not only we found in QSAC the perfect "school" for my son, where he is blooming day by day, but we also found a guiding hand, they have helped us as a family, we found excellent professionals but more important we found friends. Thank you QSAC

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son's everyday progress

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

extend the coverage of services

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Rating: 5 stars  

my son attends the QSAC day school since 2004 and it has been amazing to see him progress from recognizing letters to reading, a feat i previously thought impossible. I find the teachers very dedicated and responsive to concerns and feedback. As parents, this school offers us peace of mind in knowing that our nonverbal autistic child is productively engaged throughout his day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my son learn

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

enhance it with more innovative technology equipment

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our son has been attending the QSAC day school since September 2004. He has benefited greatly from the school. There is a lot about the QSAC day school that is unique. It has amazing educators in charge who are accommodating and approachable. They will always listen to comments and concerns, and once a month conduct clinics in which parents can review their child’s program in the classroom setting. It is inclusive, takes children with disruptive behaviors and many who are low functioning. The students are there until age 21 (when they are larger and possibly harder to control). QSAC does not look at parental income - or how able families will be to fundraise for the school. All in all it has been a very positive experience for him and us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the progress my son has made and experiencing the dedication of everyone at the school

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

look for more funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been receiving services from QSAC since 1992. They introduced us to the intervention known as "applied behavioral analysis" which offered our son the key that opened the door to his ability to understand and learn. While educating him, they educated us, his family members, on how to address skills needed for activities of daily living, as well as, the behavioral challenges which have been many and varied. They have been there in times of family emergencies when extra help was needed for our son. They have provided him recreation and overnight trips giving him the opportunity to be a "typical" kid, away from Mom and Dad, in a safe environment with people who understand and respect him for the person he is. The very first trip though stressful for us both was the first time he asked for "Mommy". For the first time, I knew he knew who I was and what I meant to him. Their services and support have offered us time as well -- respite from the 24/7 caregiver responsibilities to "recharge" and address his needs anew. Staff at all each level has always been caring, considerate and understanding, and exhibited their knowledge and training in addressing the nuances of this difficult disability. We are extremely grateful for what they have offered and continue to offer us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The progress my son has made in self help skills, communication, behavior and community integration.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help seek additional funding for adult services, such as employment opportunities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a local attorney and member of so many organizations throughout Queens, I am very happy to support QSAC. Our family is proud to stand with QSAC and their mission. The entire staff, volunteers and organization have touched so many families and individuals suffering with Autism. I urge everyone to support, donate, volunteer or become involved in any way of QSAC.

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*See above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask everyone to spread the word about QSAC

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

After my son graduated out of school, (who currently attends the day hab. program at QSAC) I researched different agencies where he could be placed. He started at YAI a well known agency and the experience was not a good one. We would be called to pick him up on various occcasions because his behavior was not in keep[ing with the others and my take on it was if the other cosumers were so good why were they in a day hab. program to begin with. He was moved to a different site without consulting with us after which we pulled him out of the program. QSAC has been supportive to his needs and all decisions are made in consultation with us. The staff listens and works with the family to make it easier to meet his and our needs.

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My son 36 years old attends the QSAC Day Hab. program. He loves the program and will not miss a day. The staff is trained well and respond well to the needs of the consumers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to add more work related tasks for the older consumers. Socialising oppurtunities for all consumers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have received services from QSAC since our son was diagnosed in 1993. At that (pre-internet) time, we knew very little about autism and had few resources available. QSAC was instrumental in helping us set up a home ABA program that enabled our son to progress from no speech to becoming verbal. The many meetings and programs they sponsored helped us learn more about autism and to obtain feedback and advice from other parents. Their weekend respite programs have not only provided our son with a wonderful mini-vacation, but have also provided us with some quality time together. Although there are now other agencies and programs to help parents, I still recommend QSAC highly to parents of newly diagnosed children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping us start a home ABA program that, more than any other intervention, helped our son progress.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more coordination with other agencies concerning legislative proposals, etc.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with QSAC for many years. I have an adult child with autism, who always had serious behavior problems and was very difficult to live with. When he was a young child, we didn't know how to teach or manage him, Autism was new and no one knew much about it.. Thankfully, an organization like QSAC was formed. QSAC provided parent training, opened up an after school program, provided respite for families and taught parents how to work with their children. Fortunately I was one of them. QSAC also had respite services, where a worker came into my home so my husband and I could get out for a couple of hours. My child is now an adult - he goes to a QSAC Day Habilitation Program and lives in a QSAC group home. I am thankful for QSAC and the services that they provide to hundreds of families. I also am quite involved with the organization and make frequent donations. I would like to see more parents involved, and more senior staff The QSAC Staff is the best.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving more and better services for my child; seeing improvements in my child and other children, and having a better quality of life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

look for more funding, expand the QSAC board and make major corporations understand the needs for them to be involved and support QSAC and it's families.

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