New Horizons in Autism Inc. is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals with Autism and their families throughout New Jersey by delivering community-based services, providing advocacy, support and technical assistance,  increasing public awareness and education about autism, and contributing to the body of knowledge in the field of autism. 

We were formed when a group of parents came together with one common goal, to provide the best opportunities possible to their loved ones with autism.  The non-profit was initially founded in March 1980 as Community Living For The Autistic and provided respite and residential services with adults with autism. 


In 1993, the organization changes its name to New Horizons in Autism Inc., and services were expanded to include vocational, day habilitation, behavior therapy, as well as continued expansion in residential services.

Today, New Horizons in Autism has expanded throughout the state of New Jersey, with 14 Residential Group Homes, 4 Day Habilitation Programs, an In-Home Support Program, and an extensive Clinical Services Department in Bergen, Ocean, and Monmouth Counties.  We are proud to be providing services to over 110  individuals with autism and their families and employ over 250  full and part-time staff.

Meet Our Executive Team

Samir Popal, MPA
Executive Director
Rafia Akhtar
Director of Quality Assurance
Michael Hitchcock, MA, BCBA
Director of Clinical Services
Sheri Martinez
Director of Human Resources
Racsaida Morel
Director of EHR & Billing
Cynthia Espinosa, MA, BCBA
Director of Day Habilitation Services
Matthew Holmes
Director of Residential Services
Michelle Massey
Director of Residential Services
Jonathan Rinaldi
Director of Finance
Simone Waters, MSW, LSW
Director of Outreach & Development