In 1976, a group of parents of Autistic adolescents came together to organize Special Citizens as a nonprofit organization. The organization began as a vehicle to advocate for ongoing adult programs for their children who had aged out of Special Education services with very little options for long-term housing or day programming.
The group of parents began their journey in 1977. Upon approval of a three-year grant from the then OMRDD, Special Citizens opened its first group home in Westchester (Cortlandt Intermediate Care Facility) on December 7, 1981.
We are committed to the development and delivery of a comprehensive, integrated system of services, which has as its primary purpose the promotion and attainment of independence, inclusion, individuality and productivity for adults and children with Autism.
Special Citizens has a workforce of over 200 employees supporting over 300 people with Autism Spectrum Disorders throughout New York City, The Bronx and Westchester County.
Special Citizens provides the following services (Click on desired service for more information)
Residential (Individual Residential Alternatives and Intermediate Care Facilities)
Day Habilitation (Site and Community Based Day Options)
Medicaid Service Coordination
Therapeutic Surf Camp for Children with Autism
Day Habilitation/Pre-Vocation/Supported Employment
1775 Grand Concourse, 4th Floor
Bronx, New York 10453
500 Executive Boulevard, Suite 147
Elmsford, NY 10523-1234