Members of the New York City Council plan to announce a $3 million program to pay for support and referral services for autistic children and their families throughout the city. The announcement is scheduled to be made at a press conference on Wednesday, May 30, by David I. Weprin, chair of the city council's finance committee, and Hiram Monserrate.
The goal of the program is to provide "wraparound services" for children with autism spectrum disorders outside of school and to provide public awareness information about diagnosis and early intervention and referral services to families across the city, according to a spokeswoman for UJA-Federation of New York. (UJA stands for United Jewish Appeal. The UJA-Federation is one of several nonprofit and advocacy groups taking part in the announcement of this program; others include New York Families for Autistic Children, Autism Speaks, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State Life's WORC, Lifespire, and the Autism Society of America's Bronx Chapter.)
The program is slated to last one year, the city budget year that starts after June 30. Groups to provide services would be chosen when the budget year begins. City agencies then would be expected to determine where to use the money for wraparound services in New York City.