AHRC New York City


Brooklyn Apartments Residents Cheer on the Mets


Many of the residents of AHRC NYC’s Brooklyn Apartments are very passionate Mets fans, especially John Brush, Luca Sorbo.  They were so excited to attend a game in earlys September, and even though one of the residents rarely attends residential outings, she agreed to join in the fun.

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Everyone expressed their appreciation for the free tickets.  The people supported were smiling, dancing, singing, and chanting for everyone to get involved.  A fun community-building experience from beginning to end, the trip to the Mets game was a phenomenal success!  The Mets beat Philly 3-0 and everyone was overjoyed. Thank you to everyone who made the event possible.

New AHRC New York City Programs Partner Volunteers from New York University

Freshman students from New York University (NYU) are completing their civic engagement requirements by volunteering at the new AHRC New York City programs at 200 Varick Street and 80 Vandam.

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Students help the people who attend the programs to accomplish tasks like making bookmarks, potting plants, and knitting scarves.


Program Director Harry Nassbaum, Sally the yoga/dance instructor, and Program Director Howard Chesloff

Program Director Harry Nassbaum, Sally the yoga/dance instructor, and Program Director Howard Chesloff


The program is a hit for the people attending the programs, who enjoy the company of the volunteers!



Community Support Professional Kristin Thatcher

Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program graduate, Kristin Thatcher has been mentioned several times in AHRC New York City publications.  With guidance from AHRC NYC and Kristin’s determination, she has been able to greatly contribute to the our organization and her community.

Before working at AHRC NYC, Kristin was a co-teacher in Self-Advocacy at the College of Staten Island and taught at A Very Special Place, Inc.  Today Kristin is the Vice President of AHRC NYC’s Self Advocacy group and she encourages people she supports to speak up for themselves.

Kristin incorporates self-advocacy training in her new position as a Community Support Professional (CSP) Substitute. When she works with the people supported by AHRC NYC, she helps them cut their food, do arts and crafts, and play games. She also dances with them and is there when they need a friend; she tries to meet each person’s needs the best that she can.

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I do public speaking for many self-advocacy events and I have been a CSP [substitute] for about 11 months now,” says Kristen.  “I knew I wanted to do this job from the start because the training interested me. I also like that I can still be supported while supporting others. I like to tell others about the training I received so they know what is going on and how they can get the most out of their services.”   She explains that she learns a lot from the people she supports because most of them are older than she is and have had more experiences.

Kristin enjoys working as a team and wants to get to know and be there for each person she supports.  Keep up the great work, Kristin!

AHRC New York City FREE Family Education Series October Workshops


Our FREE workshops offer information for families/guardians caring for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Professionals are always welcome to



Presented by Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
6 to 8 pm
AHRC New York City Headquarters PH floor
83 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
Having a child with a developmental disability can be stressful. Dealing on a daily basis with judgmental, curious or downright rude stares can add to that stress.
This interactive workshop will present strategies to help you deal with those experiences and encourage sharing among the audience to describe their own strategies for dealing with these difficult experiences.





Presented by Michael Feldstein, DDS
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
6 to 8 pm

AHRC New York City Headquarters PH floor
83 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

Sometimes people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities have a very difficult time going to the dentist. The sights, sounds, smells and confinement are difficult for many to overcome.
Dental hygiene and preventative care is VERY important for overall health . This workshop will explore ways for you to help make this experience less stressful and it will help you understand how important preventative dentistry is.


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DSP Appreciation Week

September 13th through the 19th has been designated DSP Appreciation Week! We proudly celebrate the work of direct support professionals, direct care workers, personal attendants, in-home support workers, and paraprofessionals across the country!


DSPs support a person’s most intimate daily needs, and they are the backbone of organizations in our field. Their dedication and commitment goes beyond any commitment to a job. They are committed to making sure people with disabilities lead rich lives. To DSPs everywhere… THANK YOU!!!