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2019 Essay Contest Winners Announced!
The Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism, in partnership with The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Essay Contest! Students in grades 9 to 12 enrolled in public or private schools in Nassau or Suffolk counties as well as Queens have competed for the $4,000 first-place prize, $3,000 second-place award or $2,000 third-place … Continue reading 2019 Essay Contest Winners Announced!Learn More
2018 Essay Contest Winners Announced
The Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism, in partnership with The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Essay Contest! Students in grades 9 to 12 enrolled in public or private schools in Nassau or Suffolk counties as well as Queens have competed for the $4,000 first-place prize, $3,000 second-place award or $2,000 third-place … Continue reading 2018 Essay Contest Winners AnnouncedLearn More
Debra Franceschini Golf Classic
The annual Debra Franceschini Golf Classic was held on Monday, August 6th at the Hempstead Country Club. The proceeds from this year’s outing benefit the Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism. This annual event was created by Robert Franceschini to honor his late wife who passed away from colon cancer over ten years ago. Robert and his two sons, Robert … Continue reading Debra Franceschini Golf ClassicLearn More
12th Annual T Off 4 Autism
The 12th Annual T Off 4 Autism Golf Classic took place on July 12, 2018 at the Tam O’Shanter Country Club in Brookville, NY, honoring Richard Lobel. T off 4 Autism has raised over 1.8 million dollars over the last 12 years. Michael and Keri Just, who work tirelessly on this event, have generously distributed funds to local charities that … Continue reading 12th Annual T Off 4 AutismLearn More
Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism is now a Proud Member of the Council of Autism Services!
Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism is now a proud member of the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP)! As a provider of Applied Behavior Analysis this membership will be crucial to our development and growth in the field. CASP is committed to promoting the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) for the clients served by our member organizations. To date, … Continue reading Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism is now a Proud Member of the Council of Autism Services!Learn More
Then One Day… You helped send a deserving child to the FCA
As you have heard, The Family Center for Autism is working hard to raise funds for our Scholarship Program. This program provides opportunities for children with autism, whose families otherwise could not afford it, to attend our classes at no cost to them. Since its inception in 2016, the Scholarship Program has awarded over $125,000 to deserving families. CLICK HERE to find out more about how you can help by participating in our Commemorative Puzzle Piece Campaign. We invite … Continue reading Then One Day… You helped send a deserving child to the FCALearn More
2018 Essay Contest Winners Announced
The Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism, in partnership with The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Essay Contest! Students in grades 9 to 12 enrolled in public or private schools in Nassau or Suffolk counties as well as Queens are competed for the $4,000 first-place prize, $3,000 second-place award or $2,000 third-place … Continue reading 2018 Essay Contest Winners AnnouncedLearn More
Support Our Scholarship Program: Purchase a Puzzle Piece!
Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism Commemorative Puzzle Piece Campaign Help us complete the puzzle for families in need. When you purchase a commemorative puzzle piece at the Family Center, 100% of the proceeds go directly to our Scholarship Program. This program provides opportunities for children with autism, whose families otherwise could not afford it, to attend our classes at … Continue reading Support Our Scholarship Program: Purchase a Puzzle Piece!Learn More
Thank You Credit Suisse!
Recently, approximately 20 members of the Credit Suisse volunteer team came together to support The Family Center for Autism. The volunteers assembled boxes filled with sensory and therapeutic toys that were distributed to participants in programs at the FCA. During a special luncheon, representatives from the FCA were given an opportunity to discuss autism awareness and the various programs available … Continue reading Thank You Credit Suisse!Learn More
New Social Skills Classes
The new Social Skills Training program at the Family Center for Autism provides a safe environment where children and adolescents with autism can learn how to socialize with their peers and enhance their social competency. Group classes will focus on conversational skills, understanding the use of humor, electronic/social media safety, identifying and sustaining friendships, problem solving, developing coping mechanisms and … Continue reading New Social Skills ClassesLearn More
Chefs of Long Island – Thank You to Our Supporters!
On behalf of the Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism Board of Directors, staff and especially the special needs population that we support, we thank the below restaurants and vendors that participated in our Chefs of Long Island food tasting event at The Carltun on Monday, March 12, 2018. As a result of their generosity, over 500 guests were able to … Continue reading Chefs of Long Island – Thank You to Our Supporters!Learn More
Girl Power Classes at the FCA
Our Girl Power Classes give young ladies an opportunity to make friends with other females their age while participating in fun and engaging activities. With around 80% of those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders being male, being a female on the spectrum can sometimes feel isolating. We hope our Girl Power Classes will allow children, teens, and adults the opportunity … Continue reading Girl Power Classes at the FCALearn More
Thank You to our 2017 Supporters
Another year has come to a close, and Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism were thrilled to celebrate so many milestones and events, from the opening of our 41st home to the new Sensory Gym at the FCA, a record-breaking attendance at our gala and the reintroduction of our Chefs of Long Island tasting event. None of it … Continue reading Thank You to our 2017 SupportersLearn More
Another Amazing Monday Night Party
On Monday, November 6, guests, athletes and volunteers came together for the 7th Annual Monday Night Party at the Engineers Club in Roslyn Harbor. More than 300 people enjoyed cocktails, food and fun, along with a chance to meet New York Giants Jason Pierre Paul, Olivier Vernon, Landon Collins, Jay Bromley, Brandon Marshall and Damon Harrison. Over $150,000 was raised … Continue reading Another Amazing Monday Night PartyLearn More
Donor Spotlight – Paul Conroy Foundation
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 the Paul Conroy Foundation held its 17th Annual Golf Outing at Lido Beach Country Club. This fundraising event, sponsored by the Conroy family, is their way of giving back to the community, in memory of their brother Paul. The Paul Conroy Foundation was established to support a variety of charitable causes. The foundation is named … Continue reading Donor Spotlight – Paul Conroy FoundationLearn More
The FCA Sensory Gym is NOW OPEN!
We are thrilled to announce that our Sensory Gym play space is now available for Open Play and a variety of new classes and programs! Open Play Come swing, bounce, and jump with new friends. Cost is $15 per hour and parents must stay to accompany their children. Call in advance to book your time – space fills up quickly! Open Play Schedule … Continue reading The FCA Sensory Gym is NOW OPEN!Learn More
Welcome Patty Romanowski Bashe!
We are thrilled to announce that The Family Center for Autism has a new member of our team of experts, BCBA and accomplished author Patty Romanowski Bashe . Patty has been a great supporter of Life’s WORC and its programs since 2011 and a leading autism behavior analyst, educator and author for over a decade. Then One Day… Patty came on board as … Continue reading Welcome Patty Romanowski Bashe!Learn More
2017 T off 4 Autism Golf Clinic
The 2017 Toff4 autism Golf Clinic, featuring instruction from the Tam O’Shanter PGA Pros, was held on Saturday, June 10 at the Tam O’Shanter Country Club in Brookville. The day featured activities for participants ages 12-18, compliments of the Toff4 Autism organization. Participants enjoyed an introduction to golf , a kinesthetic warmup activity and some specific golf instructions and games. It was … Continue reading 2017 T off 4 Autism Golf ClinicLearn More
We are thrilled to introduce some new classes at The Family Center for Autism this season! Culinary Connections – Healthy Edition! Join us in learning how to make a healthy meal, side, and desert! In addition to the delicious and nutritious food, participants will be able to socialize with like-minded individuals, build social skills, and have a great time! Modern … Continue reading New Classes!Learn More
Then One Day… Sorority Sisters Support Autism Awareness
This spring, a group of young woman made a difference, raising money and awareness for The Family Center for Autism. Samantha Hecht, a member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority at the University at Buffalo, along with her sorority sisters organized a Zumba fundraiser to benefit The Family Center for Autism, in conjunction with Alley Oop for Autism initiative. The event, … Continue reading Then One Day… Sorority Sisters Support Autism AwarenessLearn More
30th Anniversary Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic
Just like its 29 predecessors, the 30th Anniversary Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic did not disappoint. This year’s event, held on May 11 in Locust Valley, was an incredible day of golf, tennis, lunch and card games followed by a fantastic cocktail reception, dinner and silent auction. Another sold-out event for Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism, we couldn’t have … Continue reading 30th Anniversary Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis ClassicLearn More
2017 Summer Camp is Here!
You asked, and we’re here to deliver, with an exciting new Summer Camp program at The Family Center for Autism. Developed specifically to meet the needs of children with autism and their families, this new, afternoon camp curriculum will foster independence and strengthen social, recreational and independent living skills. Our staff members are professionals with years of experience working with children … Continue reading 2017 Summer Camp is Here!Learn More
2017 Chefs of Long Island
Thank you to all of the restaurants, vendors, volunteers, contributors, board members and staff who helped to make the 2017 Chefs of Long Island a success! With over 450 attendees at the sold-out tasting event, held March 28 at The Carltun at Eisenhower Park, and food from amazing restaurants across Long Island, tasty beverages and incredible raffle prizes, there was truly something … Continue reading 2017 Chefs of Long IslandLearn More
Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism Rings the Closing Bell
On Friday, April 21, representatives from Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism, along with our generous supporter Justin Resnick, were invited to join the New York Cosmos soccer team in New York City to ring the Nasdaq closing bell in honor of Autism Awareness Month. This special event was a precursor to the Cosmos’ game against the Jacksonville Armada FC the following … Continue reading Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism Rings the Closing BellLearn More
Then One Day… Nassau County Made a Difference
We are proud to announce that in recognition of Autism Awareness month, a tree was planted on the front lawn of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building to represent the ongoing collaboration between the Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism and the Nassau County Executive Office. We applaud Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano for his continued support of the programs and services available to … Continue reading Then One Day… Nassau County Made a DifferenceLearn More
Then One Day… The FCA Supports Autism Speaks
On Tuesday, April 4, Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism were recognized by Autism Speaks Walk Long Island for our participation in and fundraising for the 2016 Autism Speaks Walk at Jones Beach. The Family Center for Autism was presented with a Bronze Award for raising more than $1,500 for Autism Awareness through staff and family participation and personal fundraising for the walk, held on … Continue reading Then One Day… The FCA Supports Autism SpeaksLearn More
Help Us Spread Autism Awareness
Autism Awareness is a daily, year-round initiative at The Family Center for Autism. In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, we invite you, our members, to help us spread not just awareness, but information about the many ways we work to help families who have a loved one with autism. To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, we ask you to encourage … Continue reading Help Us Spread Autism AwarenessLearn More
Alley-Oop for Autism Success!
Once again we offer our sincere thanks to Peter and Justin Resnick and Joel and Debbie Levine for their support and efforts at Alley Oop for Autism , held Saturday, March 25 in Jericho. Over $90,000 was raised for The Family Center for Autism at this year’s event! The event welcomed Assemblywoman Melissa Miller and New York Giant Jay Bromley as its special guests. Alley … Continue reading Alley-Oop for Autism Success!Learn More
Soccer Shots at The FCA
The Family Center for Autism is proud to announce our new partnership with Soccer Shots, Long Island’s premier and most engaging soccer program for children! Universally, soccer is an engaging and exciting sport to play. It provides opportunities for success for all children, and can be broken down into simple steps. It also helps to develop and improve social, linguistic, physical … Continue reading Soccer Shots at The FCALearn More
2017 Essay Contest – Winners Announced!
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism essay contest, sponsored by Life’s WORC , The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation and Schneps Communications . All ninth through twelfth grade students currently enrolled at a public or private school in Queens, Nassau or Suffolk Counties were eligible to participate. More than 90 essays were submitted. This year’s essay question was: … Continue reading 2017 Essay Contest – Winners Announced!Learn More
Thank You to our Generous Supporters
Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism would like to recognize the hard work and generosity of our major donors over the last few months. During the last quarter of 2016, two of our supporters truly went above and beyond. Our Charity Champions: Joel Levine and Mario Dell’Aera Jr. Joel Levine, along with his wife Debbie and their three … Continue reading Thank You to our Generous SupportersLearn More
Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism had a wonderful 2016, and we are excited for even bigger and better things to come in 2017! Click on the links below to take a look back at some of the highlights. Life’s WORC Year in Review – some of our accreditations, awards and news coverage from 2016. Night of a Million Lights – a photo gallery from this incredible event. FCA Holiday Party – these … Continue reading Looking BackLearn More
Then One Day… Local 157 Gave a Great Gift
The Family Center for Autism celebrated the holiday season at its holiday party on December 11, held at the Nassau Bar Association here in Garden City. This is always an amazing event, but we rely heavily on the help of others. This year, we wanted to make sure we had enough gifts to spread holiday cheer to all of the … Continue reading Then One Day… Local 157 Gave a Great GiftLearn More
Their Names in Lights!
Thanks to the generosity of our friends at City Outdoor, Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism were able to recognize this year’s Night of a Million Lights honorees on billboards in Times Square! Congratulations again to Mario Dell’Aera and Emily Levine. Emily, along with her parents Joel and Debbie, took a moment to enjoy the spotlight in NYC!Learn More
Night of a Million Lights Photo Gallery
Thank you, once again, to everyone who came out to support Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism at the 2016 Night of a Million Lights gala. This spectacular event was held on Tuesday, December 6, at the stunning Gotham Hall in New York City. Click here to take a look at the photos from this wonderful evening. For a full gallery of images, CLICK HERE .Learn More
Spotlight on Gala Honoree Emily Levine
As we embark upon the holiday season and look forward to the Night of a Million Lights Gala on December 6, The Family Center for Autism would like to recognize Debbie and Joel Levine, whose tireless efforts to support the FCA, their dedication our programs and their generosity is sincerely appreciated. Here at the FCA we are honored to be a part of their lives … Continue reading Spotlight on Gala Honoree Emily LevineLearn More
Reflecting on the Fantastic Monday Night Party
The Family Center for Autism was honored to be a beneficiary of the Monday Night Party , an annual event held this year on November 7 at the Engineers Country Club in Rosyln Harbor. The event is a fundraiser spearheaded by Debbie and Joel Levine who work tirelessly to create a unique, fun and family-friendly experience for all attendees. Once again this year, the … Continue reading Reflecting on the Fantastic Monday Night PartyLearn More
Bowled Over at The Family Center for Autism Fundraiser
The Family Center for Autism enjoyed its fourth annual “Bowling for a Cause” event at AMF Plainview on Sunday, October 23. This year, however, was an extra special event and fundraiser thanks to the efforts of Ethan Shapiro, an FCA supporter who selected the center to be the beneficiary of his Bar Mitzvah project. “We could see how important it … Continue reading Bowled Over at The Family Center for Autism FundraiserLearn More
Music for Autism Event Success!
The Family Center for Autism and Music for Autism joined forces to host a wonderful event on Sunday, September 25, featuring the music of New York-based chamber ensemble Altius Winds . The concert welcomed approximately 60 attendees, including many families that are loyal fans and followers of Music for Autism and have attended some of Altius Winds’ performances at other venues throughout the New York … Continue reading Music for Autism Event Success!Learn More
Classic Cars Drive Donation at the Family Center for Autism!
Baldwin resident Eric Blunt along with his friend, Kevin Paray, who has a brother with autism went to a gathering during April “Autism Awareness Month” when Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano made an appearance at The Family Center For Autism in Garden City. Blunt and Paray, classic car enthusiasts immediately thought: “How can we connect classic cars together with raising money for The Family … Continue reading Classic Cars Drive Donation at the Family Center for Autism!Learn More
Tam O’Shanter Hosts FCA Golf Clinic!
This past Saturday, fifteen youngsters with autism from The Family Center For Autism (thefamilycenterforautism.org) (Garden City) were treated to a golf clinic hosted by the PGA Pros on staff at Tam O’Shanter Country Club in Brookville. Tam O’Shanter’s golf staff led by Mark Brown and Anthony Cancro were enthusiastic in volunteering their time and talent to make this inaugural occasion a success. According to … Continue reading Tam O’Shanter Hosts FCA Golf Clinic!Learn More
Life’s WORC and Family Center for Autism Essay Contest Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the essay contest sponsored by Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism with the topic: Why autistic and developmentally disabled people become targets of bullies and how can my school and community prevent it? The winners are: 1st Place: Ryan Harvey, The Village School of Great Neck – Click Here to Read Essay 2nd Place: … Continue reading Life’s WORC and Family Center for Autism Essay Contest WinnersLearn More
Makeover Mania for Autism Awareness!
Lord and Taylor in Garden City joined with the Family Center for Autism and stylists from Elizabeth Arden and Bobbi Brown to provide four girls with autism free makeovers! To read the full article, please click here: GC Life Makeover Mania for Autism Awareness 2016Learn More
One-third of autistic youngsters wander from safe places, study finds
The Family Center’s Director of Autism Services, Rosemary Barlone-Schaefer, weighs in on this incredibly important topic in a recent Newsday article. Follow the link below to learn what you can do to minimize wandering and elopement behaviors. Click here to read the article! One-Third of Autistic Youngsters Wander from Safe Places, Study FindsLearn More
Publication of Life’s Worc Research
Research completed that involved Life’s WORC day programs was recently published in “The Practice of Behavior Analysis, Volume 2 Issue 1”. This publication is released to thousands of professionals, graduate students and professors across the country. To see the study, which was completed by Life’s WORC’s own Brian Goldman, who is the Senior Director of Clinical Services, and Makenzie Sandler, … Continue reading Publication of Life’s Worc ResearchLearn More
Michael Huseby Honored As Man of the Year
The Night of A Million Lights Gala was held on Wednesday, December 2nd at Park 585, an elegant event venue in Manhattan. The Gala was a joint fundraiser to raise much needed funds for the Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism (FCA) and Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC). Thanks to Life’s WORC/FCA Board Member Kanuj Malhotra – Barnes … Continue reading Michael Huseby Honored As Man of the YearLearn More