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Founded in 1956, AABR is a leading service provider for individuals with developmental disabilities in the New York metropolitan region. Through teaching daily living skills and inspiring self-confidence, AABR empowers individuals to lead productive and rewarding lives.

AABR operates a variety of programs for those with special needs including, 23 Residential Facilities, multiple Adult Day Programs, Community Habilitation, Pathways to Employment, and a Saturday Respite / Recreational Program. 


In 1993, then AABR Executive Director Chris Weldon, Dr. Sue Vener, and Dr. Jill Young, founded NYCLI to meet the growing need for education for children with autism. 

For more information on AABR, visit their website aabr.org


NYCLI was founded in 1994 as a state certified nonpublic preschool for children with autism. In 1995, educational services were extended to school-age children between the ages of five and eleven. In 2002, NYCLI was certified to serve the needs of learners up to age 21. The institute implements a science-based educational approach and is committed to providing the highest standard of education for its students.

Although it is an independent, nonpublic institution, NYCLI's preschool and school are accredited and certified by the New York City Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

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