Policies & Procedures

Policies & Procedures

Program Locations

Programs meet throughout Westchester, enabling you to be involved in your community. Accessible facilities are available.

Eligibility & Groupings

SPARC welcomes and accommodates individuals with autism, intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  We make an effort to accommodate each individual’s needs and abilities to benefit from the goals, staffing and physical environment in SPARC’s different programs.  Staff : Participant ratios are 1:4 or 1:5, varying among programs based on participants’ functional abilities.  We do not provide 1:1 supervision, support behavioral issues that create safety concerns or support medically fragile concerns. Every program is not the right match for every applicat and the reason we offer such a wide variety of options.  SPARC offers a continuum of programs and age groupings throughout life stages.

Enrollment & Intake Procedures

Register for programs at sparcinc.org.  New participants must arrange an intake interview to determine placement.   Current participants must register before deadline dates, 3 weeks prior to program start, to receive priority placement.  Unpaid prior fees will restrict enrollment.  Once deadlines pass, please call to inquire about openings. We make every effort to accommodate interested individuals.

Payment, Scholarships, Refunds

There is a program enrollment fee for all participants.  Full payment is required prior to program start.  Late registration incurs a $25 fee. Call (914) 243-0583 to inquire about a scholarship, flexible payment plan or financial aid application if fees create a hardship.  Full refunds for program withdrawal are available up to 1 week prior to program start.  Late withdrawal incurs a $50 cancellation fee.

Participants in SPARC’s Medicaid funded programs need to be enrolled in Medicaid respite waiver.  To apply, contact OPWDD at (914) 332-8960.  Once in this process, applicants may apply to attend SPARC programs.  Medicaid waiver funding pays for the respite service part of actual program costs.  SPARC’s program enhancement fee enables us to provide the high quality activities you have come to expect.  A percentage of this fee is considered a family contribution, without which program expenses would not be met, jeopardizing SPARC’s ability to offer many programs.  When openings exist, SPARC may admit Non-Medicaid eligible applicants who pay a supplemental fee.

Medicaid waiver programs are indicated with * on the website.

Program Dismissal

Prompt pick-up is expected after activities.  A late fee of $10.00 per 10 minutes will be applied. Ongoing late pick-up is grounds for participant removal from group.

Weather Advisory / Cancellations

Cancellation notice is provided 3 hours prior to scheduled programs through email and telephone.  We endeavor, but do not guarantee, to reschedule weather related cancellations.