About one in six children in the U.S. is living with a developmental disability. One in 68 has been identified on the autism spectrum. With the right set of supports, people with intellectual/developmental disabilities can live in, work in, contribute to and participate in the community. This happens over and over again – every time it does, society is the better for it. That’s what we do.
Our services support each individual to:
Live and receive services in the community of their choice
Build and enjoy social connections through productive community participation
Deepen relationships with friends, family and others in their lives
Direct their own lives and experience life to their fullest potential
Developmental Disabilities Services
S:US supports individuals to live in the most integrated community setting possible. Each home offers support services that give people access to medical, nursing, psychological, nutritional, and employment services. For more details please contact Brenda Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212 633-6900 ext. 1676.
Our Day Habilitation programs reduce the barriers to community inclusion by building each individual’s practical skills. These include communication and self-preservation, community awareness, independent living and pre-vocational skills by volunteering in the community. For more details please contact Jajaida Gonzalez at email@example.com or call 212 633-6900 ext. 2318.
S:US’ Community Habilitation Program (Community Hab) helps individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities that live independently, or at home with family, to engage in their community. Community Hab Workers support individuals in strengthening their relationship building and social skills, and provide assistance with independent living activities such as cooking, community travel and household upkeep. Through this engagement, these individuals become more confident in making informed choices and developing adaptive skills. For more details please contact Brenda Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212 633-6900 ext. 1676.
Job developers and job coaches assist individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities to prepare for, secure and be successful in their work/volunteer environments.
Supported Employment (SEMP) provides support to assist individuals to obtain and maintain paid competitive jobs in the community. For more details please contact Jajaida Gonzalez at email@example.com 212 633-6900 ext. 2318.
Self-direction empowers individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their family to determine the supports and services that best fit their needs with a great amount of flexibility. The funds used to pay for these services reflect a resource level determined by the individual’s assessed needs. People who self-direct will be assisted by a circle of support, a group of people who advocate the individual’s best interests and supports their success. The individual is at the center of the circle and members of the circle communicate on an ongoing basis to discover, discuss, and plan the best way to meet needs and fulfill personal goals. For more details please contact Johanna Cepin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212 633-6900 ext. 5397.
ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)
S:US is using Applied Behavior Analysis to teach appropriate communication and social skills that decrease the frequency of challenging behaviors that limit opportunities to engage in community.
Individuals learn age appropriate life skills paired with social language to provide opportunities to interact in and outside of S:US. The application of the principles of this evidence-based practice has led to a decrease in psychotropic medication, a decrease in emergency room visits and hospitalizations and greater independence. For more details please contact Vivian Attanasio at email@example.com or call 212 633-6900 ext. 1035.
For economically disadvantaged families who have children with intellectual/developmental disabilities, S:US provides funds to cover expenses such as technology, clothing and recreation – expenses not reimbursable through traditional insurance and Medicaid. For more details please contact Brenda Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212 633-6900 ext. 1676.
NYSTART offers crisis prevention and response services to improve the lives of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) and behavioral health needs, and their families, through the START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment) model. This model serves people who have been diagnosed with IDD and co-occurring behavioral health conditions, with a focus on community-based, person-centered supports. For more information about the START model, visit https://www.centerforstartservices.org/locations/new-york.
The NYSTART Center is a four-bedroom facility that includes two planned beds and two crisis beds, which provide respite and clinical services for guests, aged 21 and over, who have an intellectual/developmental disability and complex behavioral health needs. The Center serves individuals in Brooklyn and Staten Island. S:US is one of two NYSTART service providers in the New York City region. For more details please contact Sharon Cyrus-Savary at SCyrus-Savary@sus.org or call 347-835-9808.
Outside the Box
For individuals residing with S:US and attending our day programs, group athletics and competition – medals and all – provide a terrific outlet. The S:US Championships and Family Fun Day is held each year in the fall.
In black and green uniforms, the S:US Warriors practice weekly and provide mean competition for other Day Hab teams in NYC. Highly competitive and high-energy games have made us six time champions with placement in the playoffs every season!
Friends provide the support, encouragement and companionship that we all need. Many individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities experience feelings of isolation and disconnection and seek to develop friendships outside of their residences. To this end, S:US has partnered with Best Buddies New York, a volunteer effort that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships between people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and peers in the corporate and civic communities. Best Buddies speak at least weekly and meet monthly with the goal of establishing mutually enriching friendships.