Jan 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.
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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.
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Autism Speaks employee Janice Moynihan recently toured Eden II’s new state of the art autism center at 15 Beach Street, and was able to hear about the success of Eden II’s Diagnostic & Outreach Center. Last year, Autism Speaks awarded the Diagnostic Center with a $5,000 grant in support of its webinar program.
Irene Cavanagh, Associate Executive Director of NYC OPWDD Services at Eden II, recently earned her doctorate from Concordia University Chicago.