helpMAKE A DIFFERENCE

Since 2011, Spectrum Designs Foundation has devoted its energy to becoming one of the fastest growing Apparel Decorating businesses of its kind!  Spectrum has a full line of customized products for corporations, organizations, municipalities, private parties and community members! Spectrum brings its items to life by using screen printing, embroidery, state-of-the-art digital printing and unsurpassed customer service! 

All purchases made through Spectrum come with a special gift. Each time you place and order, recommend us to someone new, attend a special event or make a donation, you are making an impact in the life of someone with autism. 

Autism is a lifelong neurological disorder which affects the way one communicates, socializes and engages with the world around them. Though there is no cure, there is certainly hope in taking action.



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Our VISION & MISSION


The inspiration behind our Social Enterprise

Spectrum Designs is a company committed to enhance the quality of life for people with autism who have barriers to employment. We are grounded in our philosophy that working and being contributing members to society is inherently dignified and fulfilling.  Spectrum offers a safe, secure, supportive, but non-enabling environment to foster maximum independence and personal growth within our company. We additionally advocate and create an awareness to the capabilities of our special needs employees, fostering relationships and opportunities with other mainstream businesses.


Our employees with autism work along side our Production Team, who are a compassionate group of individuals who find working in such a integrated setting, rewarding and meaningful.

For individuals with the greatest barriers to the traditional workforce, we are committed to offering transferable work skills for the individuals who have the opportunity to work within our Social Enterprise. Spectrum achieves this by offering an accommodating person-centered  work environment to assist them in achieving their maximum potential in our operating business.


The profits generated from our not for profit company, allows for the shaping and marketing of our existing business as well as the exploration of new endeavours, that are not only consistent with our mission, but also increases self-sufficiency and reduces dependence on traditional source of funding.


Our approach to offering individuals with employment based support needs, particularly to those with autism, is a relatively new and innovative concept. Hence, we are welcoming to any and all insightful and constructive feedback as to how we can improve this experience for the people we serve.  We look forward to hearing from you.




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The genuine experience and collective history of our Co-Founders is the underlying reason behind the exceptional level of  quality in our programs.

Founders

Stella L. Spanakos, CEO

Over 25 years of pioneering the development of school programs for children with autism. Education Degree from Hartwick College. Mother to Nicholas, a young adult with autism. EMAIL

Patrick Bardsley, Program Director

Holds a MS in Special Education, with a concentration in  Behavior Analysis through CW POST. He also  and brings over 6 years of service to teens and young adults with autism. EMAIL


Nicole Sugrue, Development Director

Mother to 3 children, including a teenage son with autism, she brings over 14 years of development experience for innovative programs that service the autism community.  Holds her coursework in Behavior Analysis and advanced certificate in Autism through Penn State University.

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AwARDED GRANTS  THANK YOU!

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation

North Shore Autism Circle

Manhasset Community Fund

Greentree Good Neighbor Fund

Autism Speaks (LI CHAPTER)

Community Chest of Port Washington

Association for Help of Autistic Persons

​Michael McCarthy Foundation

Andrus Family Fund