SERVICES - INDIVIDUALIZED SERVICES AND SUPPORTS
AHRC is devoted to expanding the array of individualized supports available to AHRC individuals and their families. Person Centered Planning, the cornerstone of this approach, is utilized by staff to create desirable lifestyle changes, experiences and new possibilities for the people served by AHRC throughout the organization.
Individualized service design and delivery ensures that services and supports are customized and designed around the interest and needs of the person who will be supported.
Individualized supports are created around the person rather then the program. They are defined as an array of supports, services and resources that are based on the distinctive interests and needs of the person, afford the person as much control over their supports as possible, and are adaptable as the person’s life changes.
Advancing a culture of person-centered service and individualized support at AHRC New York City is different from replicating a service model or implementing a new program. The possibilities for support are as different from one another as the circumstances of the individuals involved, the changing opportunities in a person’ communities, and the changing policies of the service system. AHRC is commited to this practice. For example:
* Using person centered design AHRC focusing on small groups who want something different.
* Some of the innovative projects that have received funding thus far are: HomeBuilders-NYC (individualized and self directed housing), Building Futures (Middle/High School curriculum and practice for transition based on person centered design and implementation), college programs at The Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program at the College of Staten Island and Kingsborough Community College (for students graduating high school with an IEP who want to go to college) and an after-school program and weekend cultural exploration, for students from Brooklyn with ASD. Read about Homebuilders
Individualized Services and supports are available to individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages. Services are provided in all five boroughs in any variety of settings and locations.
For more information on these opportunities, fill out an online referral form or call our Referral and Information Center.
AHRC Referral and Information Center
83 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038