1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Education
  4. Title 1: General Provisions Article 1 Short Title and Definitions (§§
  5. Article 5: University of the State of New York
  6. Part 1-A: Cody Center For Autism and Developmental Disabilities


Section 241 Purposes of the Cody center

Education (EDN)

The purposes of the Cody center shall be to:

  1. Advance the standards of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.

  2. Provide an educational setting for professionals working with families of individuals with developmental disabilities.

  3. Contribute significant research outcomes to the body of science surrounding cause, identification, and treatment of developmental disabilities.

  4. Practice a multidisciplinary approach when serving people with developmental disabilities.

  5. Support and advance developed programs that form the core of community services and education including the social skills program, the resource center, the school consultation program, undergraduate and graduate courses, the parent education program and case management.

  (a) The social skills program at the Cody center:

  (i) Curriculum is primarily geared toward children and adolescents with pervasive developmental disorders.

  (ii) The program uses a positive teaching approach, in a group format, to promote the development of pro-social behaviors.

  (iii) Clinical psychologists and behavior specialists facilitate groups.

  (b) Resource center services: The Cody center occupies a facility in Port Jefferson Station designed to provide evaluation and continuing treatment by a multidisciplinary staff including psychiatry, psychology, neurology, genetics, social work and other specialties. The Cody center provides the following services:

  (i) Community outreach.

  (ii) Individualized information/support sessions with family members of newly diagnosed children.

  (iii) Medicaid service coordination.

  (iv) Non-medicaid service coordination.

  (v) Sponsorship of parent and professional training seminars.

  (c) School consultation services: Children with autism spectrum disorders face a number of challenges in mainstream educational systems. Often, school district personnel do not have the special training required to make inclusion a rewarding and successful experience. The school consultation program aims to support teachers and other school personnel in their efforts to educate and work effectively with children with autism spectrum disorders. The program provides:

  (i) Proactive and ongoing technical assistance to school districts and private educational facilities throughout Long Island.

  (ii) Consultation services by Cody center autism specialists with extensive experience and training in addressing the learning and behavioral needs of children with autism spectrum disorders.

  (d) Services include:

  (i) Program planning and staff development.

  (ii) Parent training.

  (iii) Technical assistance to classroom teams to address the needs of a particular child or children.