Celebrating 20 Years of the Genesis School

jan-e1337701710611Jan Downey is the Director of Long Island Programs and Services for Eden II/Genesis Programs.  She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in New York State, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Jan is also the mother of two adult sons with autism. 

Eden II Names New Autism Center After Former Borough President

beach street cover On May 8TH, 2015, Eden II Programs held a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony at its new state-of-the-art autism center in Stapleton. Located at 15 Beach Street, the new center was officially named the “Hon. James P. Molinaro Center for Autism,” after the former Staten Island Borough President, for his many contributions to both Eden II and the autism community. Jim has been a steadfast supporter and advocate of Eden II Programs. He was instrumental in securing city funding for renovating the 30,000 square foot building. He joined Executive Director Dr. Joanne Gerenser and two Eden II participants, Billy Irvine and Meghan Mattei, at the podium. Billy and Meghan revealed the naming to the great applause of the board and community leaders present.

Jim, moved by the tribute shared, “We have a moral obligation to help these children, these families in our community, who need something to give them hope.” With the rate of autism estimated at every 1 in 68 children, this help is needed now more than ever.

10 Favorite Autism Apps for Individuals with ASD

With thousands of options available to parents and caretakers of individuals on the autism spectrum, it can be difficult to find the “perfect” app for your child’s specific needs. There are many factors to consider when purchasing apps: price, area of focus, customization options, etc. Here are the top options recommended by parents of Eden…

It Takes a Village….

Every day, our dedicated staff work together to enrich the lives of the participants with autism who utilize the services Eden II offers. Eden II provides respite care, educational programs, day hab, crisis intervention, and so much more; this is only possible through kind and caring individuals like you-people who open their hearts to us. With your help, our “village” of parents, teachers, therapists, family members, and many others can continue to ensure the children and adults of Eden II reach their fullest potential.