More than 70 years ago,
a small group of parents joined together to obtain services for their children with developmental disabilities who were then considered ineducable. Originally, their coming together was a response to a two-line classified ad in the New York Post placed by the mother of a then 5-year-old child. At first, only a few parents responded, but within a year, word of mouth, a number of brief news items, and a human-interest story in the newspaper united hundreds of parents.
These parents were accustomed to hearing words such as, “Your child is not normal and will never be able to learn anything.” “He/she will be a burden to you and your family.” “Institutionalize him/her now.” The parents did not listen. Instead, they banded together to support one another, and to provide their children with every opportunity to grow. This was the beginning of AHRC, the New York City Chapter of NYSARC, Inc.