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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

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This company has given me a job, and helped me forge a new future for myself. This company gave me the chance I desperately needed.

Susan Strawgate C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son and his fiancé are healthy eaters and socially conscious. It was a no-brained to add SpectrumBakes granola bars to the Welcome Bags at their wedding hotel. Guests loved the taste and knew they were helping keep Aitistic young adults meaningfully employed. A win-win.

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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.

Michele Ann R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They make the best shirts for my camp program. Ron is extremely helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Manhasset Education Association has used Spectrum Designs for all of our union gear for the past four years. We have purchased screen printed t-shirts and lanyards, embroidered caps and embroidered polo shirts. We could not be more thrilled with the quality of the products, the reasonable prices and the outstanding customer service. For us, using Spectrum Designs is a win for everyone...we get top quality products at fair prices while supporting an amazing local business. Spectrum Designs employs a number of our former students. As educators, we are so happy to support a business that recognizes and embraces the special qualities of these individuals. We are proud of how this business is growing and we will be a committed customer for years to come.

Advisor

Rating: 5

When we had to order shirts as a fundraiser for our annual Candy Cane Tournament at Manhasset..we chose Spectrum Design to fulfill our order! Our students were workers at Spectrum...and even if that were not the case...we were so very pleased about the personal touch given to each piece, the ability to deliver on schedule, and the initiative of our students seeing ‘their work’ on fellow students! Our fund raiser was a huge success thanks to the professionalism and wonderful quality provided by Spectrum Designs!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son Isaac began working at Spectrum while still attending HS. Now that he has graduated he spends 4 mornings a week there and his growth and maturity from the experience has been phenomenal. As a parent of a special needs young adult the existence of Spectrum has been a complete blessing for him and us. Thank you all for all that you do to and for this population.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother is employed here and it changed his life, and my families life. The work they do is A1 and being there is like being part of a family.

Jeffrey S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spectrum Designs has been are "Go To" for emblazing Kiwanis Logos on our club shirts and now hats. The Granola Bars are absolutely delicious. Courteous, professional and friendly service all for a good fair price and helping with their cause. We will work with Spectrum Designs on future projects. Jeff S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an incredible organization who really puts their mission front and center. They really care about every single one of their employees and of course every single customer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The greatest customer service and the most fun organization! Fastest turnaround times and amazing art work / graphic artists! I love Spectrum Designs' employees and their mission! Have been working with them for over 3 years now!

Cathy M.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spectrum Designs made T-shirt’s for my annual girls weekend getaway. They came out great & the order was only for 8 shirts!

Elyse C.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For almost 10 years, I have run an annual golf outing and we have used Spectrum for our swag bag items. The totes, lunch bags, volunteer shirts, GRANOLA BARS and ALL of the items we have ever ordered are always 5 star quality. It is always incredibly easy to order from them and our event guests are always so happy with the items. The fact that they are made by individuals with disabilities is just an incredible bonus. It's an ingenious program directed and run by a dedicated staff.

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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!

kvorr

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This company is phenomenal at what they do: the products they make, their customer service, and their devotion to helping young adults on the autism spectrum find meaningful employment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly exceptional people and exceptional products!!

Cara Sheridan O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LONG, but those who need to read it WILL! The entirety of my personal and professional life has regularly intersected with members of the "special needs community" (although, when you think about it, isn't EVERYONE somehow, even tangentially, a part of this community)? I write this as preface to the shout-out I wrote earlier today to commend SPECTRUM DESIGNS (a Port Washington, NY-based organization that provides paid employment to young adults with autism) . When you know that a HUGE percentage of adults with autism are unemployed, even considered "unemployable," you NEED to know about Spectrum! In its short lifetime, Spectrum has proved to the world that meaningful work IS available to this particular branch of the special-needs segment of our society. It is my hope that other communities will take a lesson from Spectrum and institute similar organizations elsewhere! So...here's what I wrote: "Each camper at the Science Museum receives one free tee shirt per summer. Additional tees are available for purchase. This year, because of the 'positive problem' of having the most campers ever (as well as lot of camper families who wanted extra tees), we realized late last week that we'd run through our supply before the end of the summer camp season. Late Friday afternoon, I called our supplier, SPECTRUM DESIGNS, to order more. When I explained our immediate need for the tees, Spectrum not only MET its promised delivery time frame, but BEAT it by 24 hours! Please, neighbors, think SPECTRUM for your personal or commercial needs for personalized printed items.. Once you have a design (created with the assistance of the talented team at Spectrum) on file there, you're golden! The Science Museum has used Spectrum for our tee shirts and other printed items since Spectrum's inception. SMLI has many 'partners in education,' but Spectrum Designs occupies a special place in our corporate heart! (YES, there is such a thing!) Thank you, Drew, Patrick, Stella, and the entire team at Spectrum who took on this special order for us. You're the BEST!" For more information about Spectrum--especially for you folks who wonder what your young adult can hope to do in the future in YOUR neck of the woods, visit Spectrum's website!

Sandi G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spectrum Design is simply the best! We have been using them for 5 years now! They provide the best products with tender love and care! We have brought over thousands of football jerseys, tee shirts, hats and bags. We wouldn’t use anyone else because they are the best in the business! Sandi Greenfield Go Long For Luke

Frank T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

my son attends this program and will be attending for most of his life. great people, providing jobs for autistic adults. a very positive place does great work

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son Christopher is a twenty year old with autism. He has been blessed to be part of the Spectrum Designs team for the past two years. My husband and I are thrilled that Christopher is involved with this top notch organization that produces superior quality products while fulfilling a need in the community. Autistic young adults are either unemployed or underemployed. Spectrum provides a guided safe environment where these individuals can actually work on their job skills and become productive members of the community. Christopher, who has difficulty with transitioning, actually looks forward to his time there. This non-profit organization is amazing,

Margaret P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Coming into work everyday and seeing our participants smiles is what motivates me! I love working at Spectrum Designs Foundation, I can truly say it is the best place to work! There was a day I came in and was upset about my personal life and I saw one of our participants smiling. I asked why he was so happy he said "I am at work." It is the little things that happen here that help you realize that life really isn't that bad!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spectrum Designs is an amazing organization with a beautiful mission of employing young adults with Autism. The atmosphere and staff are incredible. Great customer service and a fun place to be!

Sheri Chaleff T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spectrum Designs is an unbelievable organization. I have used them as a vendor for several projects. The quality, pricing and customer service is not to beat. The product that they deliver is outstanding while at the same time helping a cause that is very well deserved and service that is needed. Amazing company to partner with.

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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!!!

Christine Koenig M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the best decisions I made was hiring Spectrum Designs for all my work and volunteer organizations apparel and screen printing needs!! They are simply wonderful!