As a significant provider of services to individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges, Jawonio recognizes that the co-occurrence of autism and psychiatric disabilities is a growing phenomenon in our community. We are also aware that this lifelong challenge for individuals, families, and the community, requires a continuum of services that will provide interventions beginning at the earliest stages.

The Autism Training and Resource Center at Jawonio will serve as a service and resource hub for individuals and families as well as a training facility for families, professionals, and the supporting community throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region. The Center will also provide the resources needed for community outreach and education by funding transportation, outreach materials, training space, and equipment.

Informational sessions and training will be held approximately once per month and will encompass a wide variety of topics valuable to families and the greater community.


Information Sessions
Support Groups
Community Outreach

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Program Times from 7-8 PM
*5 PM for Monthly Support Groups


Registration is up to
the day prior to the session.


260 N. Little Tor Road
New City NY 10956

For questions about the programs please contact:

Kristin Kiggins, Supervisor of Behavior Specialists
845-708-2000 x8334

Watch Previous Meetings:

Upcoming Meetings:

Currently sessions are being offered remote only with the exception of our Monthly support groups. Please make sure to register on our website, at least 24 hours prior to the program to receive the zoom link.

** Monthly support groups are only offered in person

MAY 26 at 7:00 PM

Understanding the Diagnosis

60 Minute Session | Virtual Meeting
Audience: Community Organizations

Presented By: Dr. Arnie Cabasso and Kristin Kiggins, M.S Behavior Specialist
Understanding the Diagnosis will go in-depth on understanding intellectual disabilities, more specifically autism spectrum disorder. Identifying what might we expect will assist us in how to support individuals with behaviors and work towards establishing a better quality of life. We will cover different approaches on how to be respectful of all individuals in the community and promoting growth and independence.

 June 15 at 7:00 PM

Sexual Capacity Assesment

30 Minute Session | Virtual Meeting
Audience: Parents Of Those 18 And Older

Presented By: Dr. Arnie Cabasso

All people are entitled to sexual expression, including those with developmental disabilities, like ASD.  But we need to assess whether an individual can stay safe from disease, pregnancy, or exploitation.  We review, in a standardized format, anatomy, intimacy, pregnancy, disease, birth control, infant and baby care, and appropriate boundaries.

Social Skills and Development

30 Minute Session | Virtual Meeting
Audience: All

Presented By: Tobi Makinde, MS Behavior Specialist 

We will cover a variety of social skills training that will include public vs private, boundaries, sexual development, consent, and social media. The purpose is to introduce you to effective appropriate interpersonal skills.

June 22 at 7:00 PM

Autism Friendly Travel

60 Minute Session | Virtual Meeting
Audience: All

Presented By: Dawn M. Barclay, Family Travel / Special Needs Travel Contributing Editor

Author Dawn Barclay will explore how to improve travel and vacation preparation with individuals with Autism. This presentation will focus on creating a child-centric vacation, evaluating Autism friendly destinations & venues, Certified Autism Travel Professional designation, vacation suggestions. Dawn offers tips to families and caregivers on how to utilize social stories and predictability to prepare for travel experiences. 

July 20 at 7:00 PM

Pragmatic Language

60 Minute Session | Virtual Meeting
Audience: All

Presented By: Stacey Kantrowitz

Overview of how communication coaching supports to assist individuals in their understanding of implicit versus explicit rules, perspective-taking and turn-taking in speaking, the use of small-talk, conventional gestures, and emotional expression. Communication coaching employs techniques to compensate for inflexible thinking, slower-working memory, and impulse control, as well as how to build meaningful relationships.

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