AHRC New York City


7th Annual Celebration of Siblings

The AHRC New York City Sibling Committee invites you to the




Monday, March 9, 2015

 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

at India House (formerly Bayards)


…an evening to benefit AHRC New York City’s Sibling Services

Join the AHRC New York City Sibling Committee and enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and raffles.


TICKET PRICE: $50.00 per person


INDIA HOUSE – 212 269-2323
One Hanover Square, NYC 10004
Between Stone and Pearl Streets


Parking is available near India House at

South William Street Parking 212 269-5056

14-26 South William Street NYC


By Subway: 2 or 3 to Wall Street or Bowling Green, R to
Whitehall St/South Ferry

Please call 212 780-2592 or email Annette.Spallino@ahrcnyc.org to RSVP by March 3, 2015.

To purchase tickets online, please select the number of tickets you choose and then click the PAY NOW button below:

Number of Tickets:
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If you cannot attend this celebration, but you want to make a donation to support siblings of people with disabilities, please click the DONATE button below:

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Safe eating tips for caregivers of people with

developmental disabilities with swallowing problems


Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 6-8pm

IBR (Institute for Basic Research, 1050 Forest Hill Road Staten Island, NY 10314

People with developmental disabilities are at a higher risk for having difficulties with swallowing which can lead to choking and aspiration. Families and caregivers of people with developmental disabilities should attend this workshop in order to learn about the risks involved, detection, prevention and intervention techniques. The identification, evaluation and treatment of swallowing difficulties is a team effort. With the right education, we can achieve a safe eating environment and our loved ones with developmental disabilities can receive the proper nutrition and the quality of life they deserve.

Directions: S61 to Harold Street and Forest Hill Road

Presenter:  Iris Padawer-Finkelstein, Nurse Educator, AHRC New York City



To register online, CLICK HERE.

You can also register by calling Jennifer Amendola at 212-895-3446, jennifer.amendola@ahrcnyc.org or Donna Gifford at 212-780-2713, donna.gifford@ahrcnyc.org


Family Education Series


Summer options for children and adults with developmental disabilities


DATE and TIME:  Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6-8 pm

LOCATION:  AHRC’s Main Office, Penthouse – 83 Maiden Lane NYC 10038

PRESENTER:  Gary Shulman, MS, Ed., Special Needs Consultant and Trainer

DESCRIPTION:  Summer will be here before you know it!  Families caring for children and adults with disabilities need to know about their options when it comes to summer programs that will provide an appropriate experience for their children.  This session will cover such issues as:

  • What questions do I need to ask the summer program in order to determine if it meets the goals that I want for my child during the summer
  • How do I prepare my child with special needs for a summer program
  • Day programs vs. sleepaway programs
  • Mainstream programs vs. special needs programs
  • Financial Aid to pay for camp
  • Summer remedial programs
  • Specific quality summer programs serving NYC children with disabilities
  • How do I find those camps
  • Where do I find Summer Camp Fairs so I can meet the staff


You can also register by contacting:

Donna Gifford: donna.gifford@ahrcnyc.org or call 212-780-2713
Jennifer Amendola: jennifer.amendola@ahrcnyc.org  or 212-895-3446

Family Education Series Workshop Mealtime Behaviors


A special three part training for families and caregivers in the management of mealtime behaviors in people with developmental disabilities

Mealtime behaviors can be very challenging for families of people with developmental disabilities. Food selectivity, refusal, gagging – these are not only frustrating but scary because they are directly related to your loved one’s health. And, they happen at least three times a day! This workshop is designed to give parents and caregivers hands on instruction based on ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis).

IMPORTANT: This workshop is for AHRC New York City members only. If you are not a member and would like to attend there is a $10.00 fee that will be applied to your annual membership. Please call Jennifer or Donna at the numbers listed below for more information or you can email: membership@ahrcnyc.org

PresenterP: Lisa Barzotto, MS, NCSP; Psychologist, Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary School

DATE: Tuesday, January 6, 13 and 20, 2015 (Registrants must be able to commit to attending all three sessions)

TIME: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm


AHRC New York City headquarters

Room 1119

83 Maiden Lane

New York, NY 10038


You must be able to commit to all three sessions in order to attend this program.

To register by phone call Jennifer Amendola at 212 895-3446 or Donna Gifford at 212 780-2713

To register via email, contact: jennifer.amendola@ahrcnyc.org  or  donna.gifford@ahrcnyc.org

Medicaid Managed Care Reform Consumer Education Forum

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Division of Mental Hygiene
Office of Consumer Affairs

Medicaid Managed Care Reform
Consumer Education Forum

Mental health and substance use services will soon be coordinated by local managed care plans…and will be working more closely with medical services. How will that affect you? What choices will you have?

This interactive forum will provide important updates on New York City’s transition to managed behavioral healthcare and how this will impact the services you receive.


Monday, December 8, 2014
1 pm to 4 pm

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


2, 3, 4, or 5 to Borough Hall or A, C, F to Jay St.-Borough Hall
Registration is required:

CALL 347 396-7998 or

EMAIL dohmhregistration@health.nyc.gov , and type “Medicaid Managed Care” in the subject line.

Planning Committee: New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY), New York State Office of Mental Health, the Managed Care Technical Assistance Center of New York (MCTAC)