Benefiting Organization

The Kelberman Center

The Kelberman Center provides services and support for people affected by autism spectrum disorder throughout the lifespan, from diagnosis and preschool through to adult living.

With 1 in 68 children diagnosed as being on the spectrum, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States today. The Center focuses on supporting individuals, families and the community through six core program areas, including Community Based Services, Education, Supporting Families, Clinic & Counseling, Social Groups & Recreation, and Long Term Support & Residential Options. Beginning with a specialized preschool more than 20 years ago, today the Kelberman Center serves about 500 local families.

Research has continually proven that high-quality, early intervention makes a significant impact in changing and improving a child’s trajectory and quality of life. Despite this fact, there is a major gap in the availability of appropriate and timely screening as autism can be diagnosed around age 2, yet the average age of diagnosis nationally doesn’t occur until years later.

With funding support from the Gala, the Kelberman Center will be able to launch an early intervention screening initiative led by a clinical licensed psychologist through the Kelberman Center Clinic. The program aims to help families with children up to 8 years of age catch early warning signs and then will assist them in accessing appropriate local supports.

For more information, visit, view the monthly program calendar at, email or call 315.797.6241

Past Recipients

2012 – Stevens-Swan Humane Society & The Children’s Museum
2013 – Utica Safe Schools Healthy Students
2014 – YWCA
2015 – Upstate Cerebral Palsy
2016 – United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica Area and The Stanley
2017 – Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program