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2011: Spectrum Designs Begins

2011: Spectrum Designs Begins

The sudden and unfortunate passing of Paul C. Kitsos opened the door for his family to leave a legacy in his name. Named after his one and only child, the Nicholas Center for Autism was born, along with its employment initiative, Spectrum Designs Foundation.

Co-founders Stella Spanakos, Nicole Sugrue and Patrick Bardsley form a pilot program with a skeleton crew, 2 teens with autism and 1 piece of equipment in a converted barn in the back of Stella’s Long Island home.

Orders came flying in. Demand for the service and the apparel with a clear, important message is higher than we could have ever imagined! The Spectrum movement gathers momentum, employing production and educational directors.