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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.

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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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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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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Family Movie Night – February 17

Join us for the first Family Movie Night of 2018 – Despicable Me 3! 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.

Despicable Me 3
Saturday, February 17
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, February 15!

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Chefs of Long Island Tasting Event

The second-annual Chefs of Long Island is a food and beverage tasting event featuring more than 45 of the area’s most prestigious restaurants and beverage providers. The proceeds from this wonderful evening will directly benefit Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism.

Enjoy samplings of featured or signature dishes from local restaurants and caterers, and taste some of the latest blends and brews from vineyards, breweries and distributors from around Long Island and New York City.

Monday, March 12
6:30-10:00 p.m.

The Carltun
Eisenhower Park


Thank you to our sponsors and participants! Please check back soon as we will be updating the list often.

Event Sponsor
North Shore Autism Circle

Investors Bank

Participating Restaurants & Vendors
All American Wontons
Allie’s Gluten Free Goodies
American Classic Specialty Desserts
Ayhan’s Restaurants
Banfi Vintners
Ben’s Restaurant Group
Besito Mexican
Blue Point Brewing
Cardinali Bakery & Pastry Shop
Center Cuts
Chocolate Works Garden City
Chris & Tony’s
Coach Grill and Tavern
Da Nicola

E.B. Elliots
Elegant Affairs Catering
Emilia’s Bakehouse Cafe
Felico’s Catering
Garden City Pizza
Havana Central
Healthy Vending
Hendrick’s Gin
Iavarone Bros.
Jake’s Steakhouse
Java Melts
Jewel Restaurant
Lenox and Park
Margarita’s Cafe
Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill
Mill Pond Restaurant
Montauk Brewing Co.
Notorious Pink Rose
Outback Steakhouse
Pace’s Steakhouse
People’s Sportsbar
Restaurant 388
Rustic Root
Seasons 52
Star Industries
TOA Fusion

Taiga Shtof Vodka
The Carltun on the Park
The Cuban
The View Grill
Tocolo Cantina
Uncle Guiseppe’s
Vindagra Wines
Volpe Restaurant at Fox Hollow
Wings Plus

And more!!

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St. Patrick’s Day Party

You don’t have to be Irish to join in on the fun this St. Patrick’s Day at the FCA!

Wear your green and bring your luck for this shamrock-and-leprechauns themed family event.

Saturday, March 17
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Check back soon for more details!



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Family Movie Night – April 14

Bring the whole family and cuddle up for the latest Disney Pixar hit – coco!

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.

Saturday, April 14
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, April 12!



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