AHRC New York City


Film Announcement



Opening in New York City

Friday, May 23


Cinema Village

22 E. 12th Street,

New York, NY 10003


Sam Fleischner‘s gripping, award-winning drama tells the story of a boy with Asperger syndrome who gets lost in the New York City subway system. When 13 year-old undocumented immigrant, Ricky wanders away from his family in their oceanside neighborhood of Rockaway, Queens, he stumbles into the cacophony, eccentricity, and menace found in New York’s underground. His mother’s frantic efforts to find him are complicated by her lack of legal resources as an illegal immigrant – and further complicated when Hurricane Sandy threatens the city. Filmed in part during 2012′s devastating storm, STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS is a film that reawakens the viewer to the beauty, strangeness and magic of New York City in its intimate look at a few of its lost residents. (100 minutes).


Completely, exhilaratingly alive…as intense and indelible an immersion in the real New York as I have seen in a long time.”

Stephen HoldenNew York Times

The movie brilliantly inhabits its young protagonist’s mind, conveying the precise means by which New York’s urban details come alive for him.”

Eric KohnIndiewire

For tickets and showtimes at Cinema Village:


Group Rate tickets are available at a discount for weekday shows & matinee weekend shows.

For more information, please contact:


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AHRC New York City Rises to Challenge Following Explosion in East Harlem

The following story was written by Paul Quirini, Outreach and Communications Specialist, NYSID Preferred Source Solutions.  We thank Paul and NYSID for allowing us to sharing this story with you, and for the recognition they have bestowed upon the custodial workers of AHRC New York City.

Custodial workers from AHRC New York City provided valuable services in the days after a gas explosion leveled two five-story apartment buildings and left eight people dead on Park Avenue near 116th Street in New York City. Officials believe a leaking gas main under two East Harlem buildings led to the blast.

On March 14, 2014 NYSID Preferred Source Solutions was asked by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services to organize a small janitorial crew to provide cleaning services in a city-run temporary housing site for individuals displaced by the pipeline explosion.

This was a Resident Service Center set up by the NYC Office of Emergency Management to process residents, business owners or anyone else affected by the gas explosion and provide them with whatever basic needs they required,” said Jim Ring, NYSID’s New York City sales representative.

Ring contacted AHRC New York City, which immediately stepped up to provide custodial services at the center, located at La Marqueta, 1580 Park Avenue in Manhattan. The Center offered dining, recreation and restrooms for victims of the gas explosion. “We were asked and provided at a moment’s notice a cleaning crew to start on March 15th,” Ring said.

AHRC NYC initially provided two custodians and a supervisor, from 7 am to 7 pm, for two to four days, however; their services were in such demand that their work was extended until March 23rd, when the Office of Emergency Management closed the service center.

It was a great experience helping people from New York City in a time like this,” said Juan GuzmanRegional Manager for AHRC New York City.  “I visited the center myself, and all I received from the staff was compliments about our guys.”

Every day, staff from the Red Cross, OEM, New York City Police Department and Con Ed thanked the AHRC NYC workers personally for a job well done.

They felt so happy to be there, to be part of the staff and help people in need,” Guzman said. “I also received a call from Craig Bonney, OEM’s Director of Support Services, thanking us for the great service and professionalism we delivered on such short notice.”

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World Autism Awareness Day kicks off Autism Awareness Month

Check of this post about World Autism Day and Autism Awarensss Month from the  Autism Speaks website.

Call Your Senator, Assemblymember and Governor





Even If You Have Called Already, CALL AGAIN

The New York State Senate and Assembly and Governor are now negotiating to create the final budget! Now is the time to call them. Tell them:

The State has not funded increases for Direct Support Professionals (DSP) salaries for four years, even though the rate of inflation has grown and continues to grow.

Please support increased funding for salaries to DSP’s.

YOU need to call and send a letter to the Governor, the leaders in each house (Senate:  Stewart-Cousins, Klein & Skelos and Assembly: Kolb & Silver) and your Senator and Assemblymember and tell each of them that an increase for DSP’s is essential to maintaining services.  You can find talking points from the letter on IAC’s website for your use.



Complete the form with your information and send the email or paper letters to your elected officials TODAY!

If we don’t act NOW it will be too late!

To find your Assemblymember CLICK HERE.

Call the New York State Assembly switchboard 518-455-4100

To find your State Senator CLICK HERE.

Call the New York State Senate switchboard 518-455-2800

Call the Governor 518-474-8390

New York City Inclusive Higher Education (IHE) Capacity Building Summit

You are invited to the New York City Inclusive Higher Education (IHE) Capacity Building Summit. The Summit was developed to provide training and technical assistance to new and existing Inclusive Higher Education partnerships in the NYC Metro Area with an emphasis on increasing employment outcomes for college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



The event is FREE of charge, and is open to school professionals, agency providers, family members, and college faculty/staff who are affiliated with campus-based initiatives for students and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who might benefit from attending this event.

The New York City IHE Capacity Building Summit will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 9:00 a.m until 3:00 p.m, at the Graduate Center at City University of New York, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

A continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be served and coffee and water will be provided throughout the day.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute at The City University of New York (CUNY) supports workforce development initiatives in health, education and human services for incumbent workers and employment for people with disabilities through partnerships with colleges, public and private employers, organized labor, professional associations, advocacy groups, community organizations, foundations and government agencies.  AHRC New York City, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and is one of the largest consumer-based nonprofit organizations in the city. AHRC and its college partners pioneered the opportunity for higher education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York City.

Please RSVP by April 15, 2014 by registering online at


We look forward to your participation. Space is limited to 80 participants, so please RSVP soon to ensure your spot. If you have specific questions about this event, or require special accommodations, please contact Bernadette Jackson at Bernadette_Jackson@urmc.rochester.edu or 585-276-5067.

This event is offered in partnership with the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute for Worker Education, City University of New York. Local support provided by AHRC New York City.

About the New York City IHE Capacity Building Summit


Morning Keynote:

Amy Dwyer, Senior Associate at TransCen Inc., will be facilitating trainings on the topics of “Inclusive Higher Education as a Pathway to Employment” and “Customized Employment as a Strategy for Increasing Employment Outcomes”.


Lunch Panel—Success Stories:

Alex Aerni and Steven Morales, both college graduates, will share their experiences in their college programs.


Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

Representatives from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), and NYS Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Special Education and ACCES-VR will engage in dialogue with Summit participants on ways to enhance connections with adult services and alignment to the NYSED Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential.


About the Keynote Speaker:

Ms. Dwyre provides training and technical assistance in the area of job development and customized employment for people with intellectual disabilities for a variety of national and local projects. She was the Project Coordinator on the Center for Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, funded by NIDRR and in partnership with the Institute on Community Inclusion at UMASS-Boston. She has a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus on Transition and Supported Employment from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Additional Project Partners:

The New York City IHE Capacity Building Summit was developed in partnership with Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and the Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Funding is provided by the NYS Partnerships in Employment Systems Change (NYS PIE) project and the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation.

The NYS PIE project, a Project of National Significance, is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The purpose of the NYS PIE project is to work with state systems to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This initiative is coordinated by Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, and operates in partnership with the OPWDD, NYSED’s Office of Special Education and ACCES-VR, and the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.