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purpose, and happiness. I see Eden II’s programs growing over the next 10 years in order to be able to provide services to more people with autism. In particular, I expect to see growth in our school program, our residential program and our adult dayhab program.


HOW HAVE YOU SEEN EDEN II DEVELOP AND GROW SINCE YOU BEGAN WORKING HERE? I first began working at Eden II in 1995 and I did so because


Eden II was committed to science-based intervention for students with autism. I am now in my 21st year here at Eden II and that commitment is still going strong. What has changed over the years is that the program has grown and now serves even more individuals with autism while maintaining a commitment to quality and to the families we serve. At Genesis, we began over 20 years ago as a small school with two classrooms, and have developed adult and residential programs, an outreach autism center, and family support services. It is an honor to be a part of the growth of the program and to work with such a high caliber of staff. I applaud the families and the individuals we serve for their tireless commitment and hard work.


WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT WORKING AT THE GENESIS SCHOOL? Oh, to chose only one would seem impossible, but in general


all of my proudest moments have been the accomplishments of our students. Te student who was expected to need residential services due to challenging behavior and came to us and made so much progress he was able to continue living at home. Te student who came to us because he could not be served in another


program, and is now one of our most successful adults, working in the community. Te student who we supported in the local school district who went to college. I couldn’t be prouder of our participants, they work harder than anyone I know. Tey all have their own successes, and I am proud to say that Genesis played a role in it.


AS SOMEONE WITH YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD, IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU CAN OFFER TO THOSE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM? I think that both education and hands-on experience are


important for anyone who is interested in working with students with ASD. Pursuing a degree in special education and becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst is one path that a student may choose. New York State now has a licensure in behavior analysis as well, so that is something that students may want to pursue. Hands-on experience is invaluable as well – the more and more diverse experience that someone has will only make him/her a better clinician.


To find out more information on Eden II’s Genesis School or Outreach Autism Center, visit eden2.org or call 516-937-1397.


DIFFERENCE Your Gift Makes All The


Visit eden2.org/2016 to make your gift to support Eden II Programs, including the Genesis School, Little Miracles Preschool, family services, respite, day hab, and IRAs!


MAKE YOUR GIFT ONLINE! Go to www.eden2.org/2016


YOUThank for helping our participants 8 EVERY GIFT IS 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND GREATLY APPRECIATED.


For more information, please contact Stefanie Racano, Associate Director of Development at sracano@eden2.org or call 718-816-1422 x1030.


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