Family is the most important resource and source of support in the life of a person with a developmental disability.
AHRC Nassau provides supports to strengthen families through seminars, sibling supports, family respite, a family reimbursement program and guardianship services.
The dynamic partnership between the person with developmental disabilities, their family and friends, and our professional supports distinguish AHRC from other service providers. We offer individualized resources and opportunities for families, with key services including our family seminar series, a sibling support group and guardianship resources.
Families are encouraged to plan for the future needs of their family member with a developmental disability. Persons and families interested in learning more about Nassau County based Supplemental Needs Trust can Click Here.
The Sibling Group is for adult brothers and sisters who have a sibling receiving services through AHRC Nassau. Meetings often present a topic of interest, serve to support one another and offer guidance based on real-life experience. A staff member is available to offer support and discuss current life challenges/concerns. Come join us! Siblings meet four times a year. To learn more, call 516.293.2016 ext. 5492 for more information.
At the age of 18, every person, regardless of any developmental disability, is legally considered to be emancipated and are recognized as an adult capable of acting in his/her self-interest. Under current NYS law, guardianship is appropriate for a person with an intellectual or developmental disability for whom it has been determined by two qualified professionals to be legally incapable of managing his/her own affairs, specifically concerning daily living, healthcare, residential, and/or financial decision-making.
Parents of a child who meets the above criteria can consider establishing legal guardianship when their child reaches 18. Assistance with obtaining guardianship for a family member with a developmental disability is available, as is assistance with future care planning.
In cases of last resort, The Arc New York has the authority to act as guardian for an adult with an intellectual and developmental disability living in Nassau County. Serving as a corporate guardian, The Arc New York may be available to serve as primary, standby, or alternate standby guardian. In order to have The Arc New York serve as guardian, you must apply and be approved by both AHRC Nassau and The Arc New York.
To learn more, contact Eileen Stewart-Rooney, Guardianship Coordinator 516.546.7700 ext. 4205
For people with developmental disabilities who live at home with their families, AHRC Nassau provides respite and partners with Citizens Options Unlimited to support families in the following ways:
Residential Respite and Emergency Respite
Residential respite provides short-term care on a planned or emergency basis to families caring for an adult (18 years and older) who is OPWDD eligible. Emergency respite can accommodate people with challenging behaviors and/or medical needs and is fully accessible.
Summer Respite: Citizens Options Unlimited operates Camp Loyaltown, a summer sleep-away camp for children (ages 4 to 18) and adults (age 18 and over), who are OPWDD eligible or who have a diagnosis of a developmental disability. There are several sessions to choose from and scholarships are available based on financial need.
Weekend Respite: Is provided at Camp Loyaltown October-May for people over the age of 21 who are OPWDD waiver eligible and who have attended Camp Loyaltown in the past three years. Transportation is provided.
For more information, Click on Contact Us below and complete the form or call central enrollment 516.644.4800
Family Reimbursement provides monetary assistance to help defray the cost of quality-of-life enhancing expenses incurred on behalf of a household member with a developmental disability. Family reimbursement funding is provided through OPWDD.
To be eligible for reimbursement, the person must qualify for OPWDD services, the expenses must directly benefit the person with a developmental disability and the expenses must not be able to be covered by any other means.
To learn more, call 516.644.4800
(need applications for reimbursement below)
|Thursday, March 7, 2019||6:30pm-8:30pm||Meeting in Plainview|
|Sunday, April 14, 2019||11:00am-1:00pm||Brunch Meeting in Brookville|
|Thursday, June 13, 2019||6:00pm-8:00pm||Annual Barbeque in Brookville (Please bring your brother or sister)|
|Thursday, September 5, 2019||6:30pm-8:30pm||Meeting in Plainvew|
|Thursday December 5, 2019||6:00pm-8:00pm||Holiday Party in Brookville (Please bring your brother or sister)|
|Thursday, May 16, 2019||7:00pm||Preserving Quality of Life Special Needs Trusts, Estate Planning||Plainview Training Room A|
|Thursday, June 20, 2019||7:00pm||Self Direction||Plainview Training Room A|
|Thursday, September 19, 2019||7:00pm||Positive Behavior Supports||Plainview Training Room A|
|Thursday, October 15, 2019||7:00pm||Benefits & Entitlements||Plainview Training Room A|
|Thursday, November 5, 2019||7:00pm||Life Decisions Big and Small||Plainview Training Room A|