Programs meet throughout Westchester, enabling you to become part of your community in northern, central or southern towns. Accessible facilities are available.
SPARC welcomes and accommodates individuals with autism, intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Staff: participant ratio varies based on participants’ functional abilities. We do not provide 1:1 supervision or support behavioral issues which create safety concerns. Programs are designed with sensitivity to participants’ strengths, needs and compatible peers. Groups are co-ed, based on age and abilities.
New participants must file SPARC’s registration application and arrange an intake interview to determine placement. Returning participants must update registration forms annually. Returning group members meeting deadlines have first choice should a waiting list be necessary. Registration deadlines are 3 weeks prior to program start dates. Unpaid prior fees will restrict future enrollment. Once deadlines pass, please call to inquire about openings. We make every effort to accommodate interested individuals.
Full payment is required prior to program start. Call (914) 243-0583 to inquire about a scholarship, flexible payment plan or financial aid application if fees create a hardship. Full refunds for program withdrawal are available up to 1 week prior to program start. Late registration incurs a $25 fee. Late withdrawal incurs a $50 cancellation fee.
New participants applying to SPARC programs receiving Medicaid funding need to be OPWDD “eligible.” To apply and go through “the Front Door” process, call (914) 332-8960. Once in this process, applicants may apply to attend SPARC programs at regular rates. Applicants who are not OPWDD eligible are charged a supplemental SPARC fee to cover program costs. Medicaid waiver funding partially pays for program costs (for respite.) SPARC fees are also required for program enhancements. These fees are 60% required and you may opt out of the remaining 40% requested family contribution. However, without family support, programs expenses will not be met, thus jeopardizing our future ability to offer many of our youth and young adult programs.
Prompt pick-up is expected after activities. A late fee of $10.00 per 10 minute applies. Ongoing late pick-up is grounds for participant dismissal.
Cancellation notice will be provided 3 hours prior to scheduled programs through email and telephone. An effort is made, but not guaranteed, that weather related cancellations will be rescheduled.