ACLD, founded in 1957, is a leading not-for-profit agency on Long Island that proudly supports the needs of individuals with autism, learning and developmental disabilities and their families. The ACLD mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to pursue enviable lives, to increase their independence and to improve their quality of life.
ACLD provides these opportunities through a wide variety of supports and services, beginning at 3 years old with Special Education Preschools, and continuing throughout one’s lifespan with programs such as Day Habilitation, Vocational and Residential Services. Learn more about ACLD and take a peek inside our 90 support programs and 78 residential programs in the video below.
An enviable life is ultimately defined differently by each person, because each person is different. Knowing that, ACLD uses the person-centered approach and listens and finds out what matters most to each person. From how they feel about where they live, to what food they eat, to the particular doctors that they see, to volunteering or becoming employed, and to how they get to spend their free time is a philosophy instilled throughout each program.
In 2016, ACLD’s commitment to a person-centered approach to ensuring people with autism, learning and developmental disabilities can pursue enviable lives was brought to a new level as the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) awarded ACLD with a three-year National Accreditation. CQL is dedicated to raising the bar for organizations like ACLD in defining, measuring and improving the quality of life for all people. ACLD retained its accreditation in 2020, again demonstrating its ongoing commitment to person-centered excellence.