Our Mission and History

 

Mission

To promote and provide services to adults with autism, meeting the diversity of vocational, recreational and social needs throughout their lifespan.

 

History

The Quest Autism Foundation was founded in 2000 by a group of parents of teenaged children with autism. The program began with after school and weekend recreation activities for adolescents. This evolved into the development of a day program founded on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.  Quest Autism Programs was developed to provide ongoing learning opportunities for its adult participants to lead productive, meaningful lives within the community.

The Quest Autism Foundation was founded in 2000 by a group of parents who wanted to start an evening and weekend recreation program for their teenage children with autism. This developed into the vision of opening an adult day program. At the time there were few community-based day programs for young adults with autism that offered recreation and leisure activities as well as developed daily living, vocational, and social skills. After years of intensive behavioral intervention based on applied behavior analysis, they knew that their children would require specialized instructional supports and learning opportunities to lead productive, meaningful lives within the community.

In a unique partnership between QAF and the Wyckoff YMCA, Quest Autism Programs opened its doors in 2005. What began very modestly has grown to a program that works with multiple participants, in multiple environments.  In 2012, Quest began renting additional space at 555 Goffle Road in Ridgewood to accommodate the growth of the program.  Our participants are supported by trained Job Coaches, and each have individualized instructional objectives that teach skills both at QAP and in the community.

Quest has always dreamed to have a home of our own and continue to to sustain the high level programming our participants and families have grown accustomed to.  In November of 2015, we began searching out an ideal location to Put Down Our Roots.  We found an ideal location at 159 Godwin Avenue in Midland Park.  We are extremely excited to moving to our new location, where we will combine our two sites and operate Quest from one roof.  Renovations will begin this summer and we hope to move in this Fall.