New autism school opens in Norwood section of The Bronx


(TIML NEWS) Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. (front, 2nd from l) and QSAC board members and staff were excited to cut the ribbon for the new school on 3200 Jerome Avenue.

Bronx parents with children on the autism spectrum now have a learning center to bring their children thanks to a new Quality Services for the Autism Community school at 3200 Jerome Avenue.

The school, which had its ribbon cutting on Thursday, January 26, already has about 10 students registered and hopes to reach 92 students, according to QSAC deputy executive director Lisa Veglia.

Prior to the opening, families had to take their children across the Throgs Neck Bridge to get QSAC’s services.

“Many kids came to our Queens site from the Bronx because there weren’t enough existing programs in the Bronx,” said Veglia. “By opening the new QSAC School, we are helping to meet the needs of families affected by autism living in the Bronx.”

The school will serve grades K through 12 and ages five to 21. Veglia said discussions for a Bronx location began in 2008. However, due to the recession, the project was put on hold.

The new school follows the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, which supports students in achieving greater independence and realizing their full potential.

“The school provides students with a person-centered approach to developing academic, socialization, communication, and life skills,” she said.

As QSAC fills spots in the school Veglia encourages parents to reach out to her at (212) 244-5560.

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