AHRC New York City


Communication techniques for caretakers of people with developmental disabilities & Autism

Family Ed Board wide

Saturday, April 25, 2015 and Saturday, May 2, 2015

from 10 am – 2:30 pm

AHRC New York City’s Main Office, Penthouse

83 Maiden Lane New York City 10038


Will this technique help my loved one with a developmental disability to communicate?

Can this method be used with very young children?

After attending this workshop series will I be able to use what I learned immediately?

The answer to all of these questions is YES!  Difficulties with communication are frustrating for many individuals with developmental disabilities. AHRC has developed a teaching model known as Word Sign – a total communications curriculum designed specifically for people who have trouble communicating. Word Sign employs the use of signs and words along with facial expression and body language. Come and learn this comprehensive technique that can be used with individuals who have developmental disabilities and are nonverbal or those who have difficulties in spoken receptive and/or expressive language.

Presenter: Ray Franzem, Ph.D., Director of Social Services for Education, AHRC New York City


How to Register:

To register call Jennifer Amendola at 212-895-3446 or Donna Gifford at 212-780-2713 you can also email: jennifer.amendola@ahrcnyc.org    or    donna.gifford@ahrcnyc.org

Please note – You must be able to attend both Word Sign sessions.


The World of Psychiatric Meds

AHRC New York City’s Family Education Series

How Psychiatric Medications Work and What They Do

Psychiatric medications have multiplied in number and in their indicated uses over the last 50 years.  With these increases, talking about them clearly, and making thoughtful decisions with your prescriber has become increasingly difficult.  This workshop is designed to help you gain a better understanding of psychiatric medications, what they do, how they do it, and why they are prescribed. Taken from the point of view of a typical office visit, we will walk through different psychiatric symptoms, how a prescriber decides whether or not medications will be helpful, how the most appropriate medication is selected, and what they do to prevent side effects.  Rather than focusing on each individual medication, we will discuss how to think about them.


Presenter:  Dr. Ernesto Gonzalez, M.D. Access Community Health Center


Wednesday March 25, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT



AHRC New York City headquarters, Penthouse
83 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038


To Register for this event, please Click Here.


If you have specific questions about this event, please contact:

jennifer.amendola@ahrcnyc.org  (212) 895-3446, or

donna.gifford@ahrcnyc.org (212) 780-2713

AHRC New York City’s 66th Annual Dinner

Save the Date!

Saturday, May 16, 2015 Grand Hyatt New York
AHRC New York City’s 66th Annual Dinner

Please join us and bring your family and friends for an evening celebrating the people we support, their families and our community partners.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, District 12
Joel Manley, DDS, Staten Island University Hospital
Jamal Kobeissi, M.D., Access Community Health Center
Willie Mae Goodman, Parent Advocate & Marie Dickson, Community Board Leader (Posthumously)

We want to encourage families of the people we support to attend.
Tickets cost $150.00 each. If you sell or purchase 2 books of raffles, or $150.00 in journal ads, we will thank you by sending you one ticket to the dinner.

Don’t forget: You can show your support by selling raffles and soliciting journal ads in addition to buying tickets.
This year’s journal will be dedicated to the memory of Michael Goldfarb, AHRC New York City’s former Executive Director.

For raffle books and more information please contact Donna Gifford at 212 780-2713 or email donna.gifford@ahrcnyc.org.

To access our Journal Ad Purchase Form, CLICK HERE.