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Looking for a great event for a person with autism—or your family? Find it at The Family Center for Autism.

Special Family Event: Celebrating Mom!

We’re keeping the Mother’s Day celebrations going with a special Family Event celebrating all of our amazing MOMS!

Saturday, May 19
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Come out with your favorite lady to decorate a flower cupcake, make some beautiful jewelry, and enjoy other activities that celebrate mom. We will have fun activities like board games, Sensory Gym play time, sports and more to ensure there is something for everyone to do together!

Members: $5.00
Non-Members: $10.00

Call 516.355.9400 to register by May 16! 

Note: This is a Family Event, not a drop-off. Thank you!


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31st Annual Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic

We are pleased to announce that sponsorships, foursomes, singles and dinner tickets are now on sale for the 31st Annual Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic. This year’s event will honor Life’s WORC Board Member Tariq Khan and Long Beach businessman and developer Barry Koff.

Thursday, May 24, 2018
The Seawane Club,

Hewlett Harbor, NY

Breakfast/Brunch – 10:30 a.m.
Golf Registration Begins – 10:30 a.m.
Golf Shotgun (scramble format) – 12:30 p.m.
Food & Refreshments at Halfway House and On Course Contests
Cocktail Reception  – 6:00 p.m.
Dinner/Program – 7:00 p.m.

Golf Foursome $2,000
Golf Single $550
Tennis Single $150
Dinner Only $200 per person

Sponsorship packages are also available.


We hope to see you there!

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Teen & Young Adult Dance – June 9

Let’s celebrate summer with a dance party!

Dance the night away with your friends at the hottest dance spot in Garden City, Club FCA!  We’ll be rocking it out, beach party style.  We will provide snacks, drinks, and music as long as you provide the dance moves!

Saturday, June 9
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ages 14 & up

Members: $5
Guests: $10

Space is limited, so call 516.355.9400 to reserve your spot today! Please register no later than Thursday, June 7.


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Here’s to the Dads!

It’s all about the Dads at this fun-filled family event!

Saturday, June 16
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family for fun activities like board games, Sensory Gym play time, sports and more! Additional details to follow.

Members: $5.00
Non-Members: $10.00

Call 516.355.9400 to register by June 13! 

Note: This is a Family Event, not a drop-off. Thank you!

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Family Movie Night – Peter Rabbit – June 30

Celebrate the end of the school year with a night out to see Peter Rabbit! Seating will be available but feel free to bring a blanket and pillow if you want to get comfy on the floor. Snacks and drinks will also be provided.

Peter Rabbit
Saturday, June 30
6:00 p.m.

Members: Free!
Non-Members: $5

This is a family event and NOT a drop off program.

Space is limited: Contact us at (516) 355-9400 to register by Thursday, June 28!

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Planning Ahead – Financial security for your loved one with special needs.

As a parent or caregiver, you know well the ins and outs of supporting a child or loved one with special needs – including the expense of providing and maintaining the services and supports they rely on.

But what happens when you are no longer here? By having a solid financial plan in place, you can be comforted, knowing that your child or loved one will be cared and provided for well into the future.


We invite you to a special seminar to address these concerns and help you plan for the future.

Thursday, May 3
6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Family Center for Autism
1517 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530


Some of the topics we will discuss include:

  • Establishing Trusts
  • Trust and Trustee Options Provided by Life’s WORC Trust Services
  • Insurance Options to Fund Trusts


Presenters include:

  • Marianne A. Simoni, Esq., Associate Attorney – Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen, P.C.
  • Andrew Levey, Forest Hills Financial Group
  • Paulette Elbers, Life’s WORC Trust Services


Light Refreshments will be provided.

Activities will be available for children, provided by the FCA staff, so they can enjoy the evening as well.


Please RSVP by April 18 to Pamela Linnemann at


About Our Presenters:

Marianne A. Simoni, Esq.

Associate Attorney – Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen, P.C.

Ms. Simoni’s practice is primarily focused on representing families and individuals in the areas of Guardianship and Elder Law, Estate Administration and Estate Planning.  Ms. Simoni strives to ensure that her clients’ goals are achieved and that their interests are protected.


Andrew Levey

Andrew Levey is a 25 year veteran of the financial services world, and a Financial Representative with Forest Hills Financial Group. He is also the proud uncle of a niece and nephew with special needs. His firsthand experience has enabled him to understand fully the importance of planning for their future.


Paulette Elbers

Ms. Elbers is the Trust Administrator at Life’s WORC Trust Services, a role she has held since 2011. As Trust Administrator she oversees the creation and management of special needs and pooled trusts to ensure that our beneficiaries’ needs are met, and their expectations exceeded. Paulette was instrumental in developing the Life’s WORC Trust Program in 2007, now a multimillion dollar program supporting several hundred participants statewide.


Space is limited! Be sure to reserve your spot today.


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Microsoft Brings Special Programs to the FCA!

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, our friends from the Microsoft Store at Roosevelt Field Mall are bringing two special programs to The Family Center of Autism. These programs are FREE OF CHARGE for FCA members!


Minecraft Hour of Code
Saturday, April 21
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ages 6-12

Participants will explore a Minecraft world through coding! Use blocks of code to take Steve or Alex on an adventure through a Minecraft world. Microsoft staff will utilize kid-friendly programming to demonstrate how creativity and problem solving come together.


Shoot, Edit & Share with PicsArt for Teens
Saturday, April 28
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ages 12-18

During this workshop, participants will learn how to use PicsArt, an interactive editing, collage and drawing app that is available on Windows 10 devices. The app features photo-editing tools, a collage maker and a camera. Microsoft staff will be on-hand to teach the many ways to transform photos into works of art with just the tip of their finger!


SPACE IS LIMITED! Call 516.355.9400 to register today!



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