Nicole Sugrue is a mother of 3 children , Mia, Adem and Leyla. Her middle child Adem is 20 years old and diagnosed with Autism. She has 16 years of experience in the formation and development of autism related programs.

She obtained her coursework and Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis with a Concentration on Autism in Special Education through Penn State university.

In addition to running a 40 hour a week home school for her son until the age of 5. She co founded the Elija Foundation and The Elija School; 2 non profit entities which set out to Empower Long Islands Journey through Autism.

She organized and hosted conferences and presented hundreds of hours of evidence based teaching strategies in the public forum to raise awareness of  science based interventions geared toward improving the outcomes of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She organized annual fundraisers and organized numerous special events . It was during her 8 years serving as co executive director and development director of the Elija organizations where she met Stella Spanakos, who served on the board of directors as Vice President . In 2010 she decided to assist Stella in building another entity to support the growing needs of the Aging autism community; particularly young adults.

Nicole sits and advises on the Committee of Nassau County’s Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, and Developmental Disabilities Services which promotes the development of a comprehensive, coordinated system of services that enables those with a mental illness, chemical addiction, or developmental disability.

Today she serves as the Executive Director of the Nicholas Center and is the Grant Writer and Grants Administrator for both Nicholas center and Spectrum Designs. She secured a contract with NYS office for people with developmental disabilities and the Dept of education’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) resulting in over a million dollars in state and local grant and contract funding for the benefit of both organizations.

Her presumption is that all individuals with disabilities can benefit from being active and participating members of society and should have opportunities to work and gain skills  while being integrated within their communities.

She resides in Long Beach New York with her 3 children.

Nicole T. Sugrue

Executive Director, Co-Founder,

Nicholas Center, Ltd.

Development Specialist, Co-Founder, Spectrum Designs Fnd.

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