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NYC Autism Programs at Government Center Halted by Shutdown

October 04, 2013

Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

As the government shutdown hits day 4, the effects are being felt more and more by the autism community. The NY Daily News reports that nearly 100 people with autism have been shut out of the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn. The federally owned recreation center offered day programs for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. One parent interviewed by the NY Daily News was furious, saying her son desperately relied on a predictable daily routine.

Dean Rivera, COO of Aviator Sports and Events Center told Autism Speaks, “It’s not a real good situation. As for right now, we can’t do anything for those special needs groups because we can’t open our doors.  It’s not just the special needs kids that use the programs here; it’s all the kids that come here for all the sports we provide.”

Read the full story at the NY Daily News.