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Spectrum Designs Foundation Ltd.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Job Training, Sheltered Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: To provide employment and vocational opportunities for individuals with autism, by operating a customized apparel printing company with appropriate supports, assisting those with autism in leading fuller more productive lives through the world of work.

Target demographics: provide gainful employment and training to individuals with Autism

Direct beneficiaries per year: provide employment to a growing number of young adults

Geographic areas served: New York, but we ship worldwide

Programs: Apparel Decoration, Screen Printing, Direct-to-Garment Digital Printing, Embroidery

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

mfsnyder

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spectrum Suds is a service that I am so grateful for! Every Monday before I head to work, I put my family's dirty laundry in the Spectrum Suds bag. On Tuesdays evenings when I return from work, our clothes are beautifully folded or hung on my hangers. I feel good that they use my hangers vs. wire hangers that will get thrown out. Our clothes are protected from the rain and pollen in plastic, sitting on our front porch so when I bring them inside, my only job is to put them away. What was a weekly 4 hour household chore, is now a 10 minute task. Spectrum Suds does a better job than I would do, and the price is so reasonable. I have given the gift of Suds to several of my friends, so they can share in this wonderful service.

meshstephen

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first met the Spectrum team in fall of 2015 when our creative agency was retained to redesign their logo and website. In addition, we produced a short overview video, whereby we interviewed the three founders, a parent of one of their employees and extensive broll in the production shop. Our entire team was immediately taken with their passion and commitment, but beyond that we were incredibly impressed at the quality of work that flowed through the shop, all in an atmosphere of camaraderie and caring. We came to realize that the Spectrum story is about so much more that custom apparel. It is about loving families, supportive local communities, corporate responsibility, entrepreneurism, and social missions. Supporting an organization like Spectrum is an easy decision, one that comes with high degree of confidence in the professionalism, accuracy and commitment of the entire organization.

Melissa S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization is near and dear to my heart. I witnessed it's inception when Stella Spanakos, mother of my former student Nicholas, had a vision and started the preliminary stages of The Spectrum Designs Foundation from her garage.

I am a speech-language pathologist and a board certified behavior analyst who treats individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Stella, along with her co-founders Patrick Bardsley and Nicole Sugrue recognized the need for employment opportunities for individuals with autism and other special needs. Therefore they created a brilliant model that encompasses job training, employment opportunities, and a safe haven for so many families affected by Autism. It is a warm and nurturing environment that simply keeps expanding from all dimensions.

As a consumer, I have made several purchases over the years through Spectrum Designs and I have consistently been satisfied with their impeccable results. From customer service to production, their attention to detail is far superior than the norm.

I am continuously impressed by this heartwarming, highly effective nonprofit organization!

Elyse C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great products. Great service. Managed well and with heart. Amazing & successful cause. Why buy anywhere else? Their granola items are delicious too. 5 Stars!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son, Joe, has been fortunate enough to be employed by Spectrum Designs for almost 6 years. They promote a high - expectation model, and we have seen his skills increase dramatically as he has been encouraged to master more difficult tasks and work independently. We also now own a collection of unique shirts, expertly printed, reasonably priced and delivered in a timely manner. Our experience as the parents of an employee and as customers has been unparalleled and a complete pleasure. Spectrum Designs deserves the highest rating for providing the opportunity for Joe to work in an environment that appreciates him, and for creating excellent products. Why would you shop anywhere else? Please give this remarkable place the opportunity of earning your business and support. Thanks, Wendy and Fred Penzel.

Susan Strawgate C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On short notice, Spectrum printed and mailed t shirts with our son's new business logo in time for us before going on a family trip so we could bring it. Quality of shirt and replica of logo were excellent.

Greta R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They do an amazing job with design and their t-shirt quality is great too! I'm happy that by ordering my t-shirts from this organization I also help to support the quality of life of people with autism.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had sweatshirts made in memory of a boy that had pasted away from my son's school. When I was searching for where to have them made, I picked Spectrum they are beautiful, they came out great .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly exceptional people and exceptional products!!

Sheri Chaleff T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization this is. When I first contacted them I didn't know much about them except I had heard good things. Wow! Was that an understatement. Their products and quality are excellent - the faculty and the employees amazing. I am never disappointed in their efforts and ability. The management is outstanding. I have refered others to them with the same results. It warms my heart knowing that my business efforts help an organization that does such amazing work for these young adults. If I could add more stars to this rating I would!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have my own foundation and serve on multiple boards for developmental delays. At all of our events we employ Spectrum designs to make T-shirts, monogram bags for gifts and also make amazing Granola bars for gifts. The work is second to none the organization is professional and to see these young adults and how hard and happy they are to work is the best and most satisfying part of the experience.

Lenore S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spectrum Designs gave my son more than an amazing opportunity to come out of his shell. They gave our family hope. Hope to see that he could smile. Hope to see that he can be productive. Hope to see that he can be understood and accepted by others. I can't think of another nonprofit that I think more highly of. Thank you, Spectrum Designs!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Quality printing, speedy turn around time, friendly staff. Spectrum is tremendous.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Coach of a youth hockey team. When we needed team jerseys, I reached out to other organizations that I know that have done shirts/jersey orders. Spectrum came highly recommended for their quality AND their mission of employing individuals with autism. Being a Dad of a son with autism, the choice to use Spectrum was a no-brained. I have used them numerous times and have recommended them to many others. Great company, great quality, great mission!

Doreen Weich G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I used this company because I too have a son with autism. The service and the printing was outstanding!!!

Karen M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you've seen or purchased any items from Spectrum,it goes without saying that their quality is superior! My husband purchased numerous tee shirts and hats for his law firm and we couldn't have been more pleased by the excellent quality and caring customer service . In addition to the items they sell, Spectrum gives those individuals on the autism spectrum incredible opportunities for employment. My son is fortunate to be employed by Spectrum. This organization has given him a life to be proud of. He is able to reach his full potential as a person and a valued employee. Spectrum is truly an incredible organization that provides so much to so many!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been associated with Spectrum Designs for over a year and a half now. First, this organization is first class when it comes to their dedication to their social mission in providing employment opportunities for those with autism. Secondly, they are a role model in how to run social enterprise/any company should be run. My company had ordered custom apparel from them in a tight deadline. Their team worked quickly to get our order done and When we needed a few extra hats, one of their employees personally delivered to my house. WOW! Not only is this organization a great nonprofit, but an absolute leader in customer service. Best of luck to Patrick, Tim & the rest of the Spectrum Designs team.

Tara K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My company ordered shirts and they were made perfectly, delivered quickly, and for a great price. I love that Spectrum Designs employs people with disabilities and pays them an acceptable wage- it is unfortunate that there are not enough places like this. Will be ordering again soon!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great place! They have been designing shirts for our family vacation / reunion for the past 4 years now. They are beautifully designed and created. The shirts are ready in a timely manner. I would recommend Spectrum Designs to every and anyone! Such a fabulous company.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spectrum Designs embroidered hats for my brother's softball team. Not only were the hats beautifully made, the staff was also very accommodating and SO sweet! I couldn't be happier with the embroidery and the pricing. I highly recommend Spectrum to anyone & everyone!