Mission & History
Special Citizens Futures Unlimited is a nonprofit organization that has for over 40 years provided comprehensive and integrated services to hundreds of men, women and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or other developmental disabilities in New York City, the Bronx and Westchester. We provide an array of services including specialized Residential Programs, Day-Habilitation, Community-Habilitation, Respite, Medicaid Service Coordination, Life Skills Programs, Recreation, and Pre-Vocational Training. Our compassionate and person-centered mission and approach works to promote autism acceptance and empower those we support with the tools needed to build lives of independence, inclusion, individuality, and productivity.
In 1976, a group of parents of autistic adolescents came together to organize Special Citizens as a nonprofit organization. The organization began as a vehicle to advocate for ongoing adult programs for their children who had aged out of Special Education services with very few options for long-term housing or day programming. Upon approval of a three-year grant, Special Citizens opened its first group home in Westchester on December 7, 1981. Since then, our staff has grown to over 200 dedicated professionals that provide services to over 300 individuals each year in 19 Residential Programs group homes and 4 Day Habilitation facilities across New York City, the Bronx, and Westchester. Our compassionate and person-centered approach lies at the cornerstone of everything we do to promote awareness, acceptance and empowerment.