Below is a list of some of the key resources available on Staten Island for individuals with disabilities and their families:
AHRC NYC: The Elizabeth Connelly Community Resource Center, 930 Willowbrook Rd., Willowbrook
The AHRC is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the city for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On Staten Island, AHRC offers assistance and placement with group residences, respite, in-home support, recreation programs and a number of other services.
Community Resources: 3450 Victory Blvd., Travis; 718-447-5200
Community resources offers a number of different programs for the developmentally disabled, including various kinds of community residences, work-readiness programs, therapies, day and in-home habilitation, pre-vocational training and social services.
Elizabeth W. Pouch Center for Special People: 657 Castleton Ave., West Brighton; 718-448-9775
A division of the Staten Island Mental Health Society, the Center for Special People provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, treatment programs, educational services, advocacy, therapies and other support services.
Lifestyles for the Disabled: 884 Targee St., Concord, 718-981-1000. Also located at 930 Willowbrook Rd. 12G, Willowbrook, 718-983-5351
Lifestyles for the Disabled gives adults with disabilities a number of realistic work setting experiences, as well as day, community and supplemental day habilitation; Medicaid service coordination and employment options and services.
On Your Mark:645 Forest Ave., West Brighton, 718-720-9233.
On Your Mark provides individuals of all ages who have developmental disabilities with therapeutic recreation, family support services, holiday trips, respite getaways, a residential program, residential habilitation, service coordination, supportive employment and day habilitation.
A Very Special Place:49 Cedar Grove Ave., New Dorp, 718-987-1234.
Through A Very Special Place, individuals with disabilities have access to a community center, outreach services, day habilitation and pre-vocational programs, senior day programs, transportation services and supported employment programs. The agency also owns and operates The Harvest Cafe, located at 694 New Dorp Lane, a restaurant designed to create work and community opportunities for people with disabilities.
GRACE Foundation of NY, Inc.:264 Watchogue Rd., Westerleigh; 718-983-3800
The GRACE Foundation provides educational, recreational, social skills and support services for children of various ages affected by autism spectrum disorders. On Friday nights, teens and young adults can attend Club L.I.F.E; weekend recreation and respite for 3- to 21-year-olds include swimming, a gym and bowling. Little League is available for people ages 12 to 21.
Eden II School for Autistic Children: 15 Beach Street, Stapleton; 718-816-1422.
Eden II provides classroom and vocational classes for individuals with autism on Staten Island. Services include physical education, speech therapy, residential services, parent training, psychological therapies and more. Services vary for those from 3 to 21 years old.
Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC): Staten Island University Hospital, 242 Mason Avenue, Ocean Breeze; 718-226-6670
Funded by the New York State Education Department and Staten Island University Hospital, the Early Childhood Direction Center is a free resource center for parents with children up to 5-years-old. Parents and professionals can receive information and referrals for diagnostic and evaluation services, early intervention, preschool special education, Head Start, respite and homemaker services, medical and dental services, support groups and counseling.
Volunteers of America: 10 Joline Lane, Tottenville, 718-984-7900.
The Volunteers of America Early Learning Center prepares children ages 3 to 5 who have developmental delays prepare for kindergarten. Education and therapy is provided by teachers, aides, speech, physical and occupational therapists, a nurse and a psychologist.
Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council (SIDDC):930 Willowbrook Rd., Willowbrook, 718-983-5276.
The SIDDC is a coalition of agencies, parents, advocates and professionals who offer information, referrals, and assistance for those with developmental disabilities. The SIDDC works together with other agencies in an effort to ensure the quality of life for Staten Islanders with special needs.
Jewish Community Center of Staten Island:1466 Manor Rd., Sea View, 718-475-5250, and 1297 Arthur Kill Rd., New Springville, 718-475-5270
First Foot Forward assists children ages 21/2 to 5 with developmental disabilities. In addition to classroom education experience, therapists work with children on speech, cognitive skills, socialization and movement.
Children at Play Early Intervention Center: 40 Merrill Ave., Graniteville; 718-370-7529.
Children at Play is a non-profit agency for children from birth to five-years-old with developmental disabilities and offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment services; occupational, physical and speech therapies; counseling; support groups; workshops and a number of other services. They also offer a full-day preschool program.
Seton Foundation for Learning: 315 Arlene St., Graniteville.
The Seton Foundation for Learning is a non-profit that runs three schools – the Joan Ann Kelley Memorial Preschool, Mother Franciska Elementary School and the Bishop Patrick V. Ahern High School — for individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition to classroom instruction, children also receive speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, sign language instruction and health services.
Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Services Office (SIDDSO): 1150 Forest Hill Rd., Willowbrook, 718-982-1903
The state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) provides services though individual borough DDSOs. Services include group home placement, advocacy, respite care, financial and estate planning, education, day treatment, children’s services and discharge planning.
The Staten Island Center for Independent Living:470 Castleton Ave., New Brighton, 718-720-9016.
The center is a non-residential resource center that provides free programs for disabled individuals of all ages. Services include: advocacy, community education, counseling, transportation, financial management, housing assistance, independent-living skills, computer training and workshops.
The Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities: 1050 Forest Hill Rd., Willowbrook, 718-494-5313.
The IBR is the research branch of the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). IBR offers a number of programs and services, such as outpatient services, genetic testing and counseling for a number of genetic and neurodegenerative disorders, evaluation for premature infants and developmental assessments.
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