Special Needs

New Jersey, USA

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We serve the "people-based," often hidden community of people affected by disability in the metropolitan NYC area.  Nearly 22 million people live within a 50 mile radius of Times Square in midtown Manhattan.  The Big Apple!  Metro NYC is the most densely populated section of the U.S. and includes all 5 boroughs (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens & Staten Island), as well as parts of Long Island, Connecticut, & New Jersey.

In the last U.S. census, 19% (nearly 1 in 5) Americans said they had a disability.  A disability is a physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.  These disabilities include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, PTSD, depression, deficits in speech, hearing & vision, spinal cord injuries (quadriplegia & paraplegia), brain injuries, dementia, Alzheimers, etc.

We assume that about 4.4 million people (1 in 5) in Metro NYC have a disability.  The physical disabilities are initially more obvious, while the mental ones are not as clear to see.  We seek to serve both types.

OUR WORK
We bring people, faith communities, not for profit agencies, businesses, schools & other groups together to create & develop spaces, opportunities & programs so that individuals & families affected by disability will thrive in body, mind & spirit.  We desire to see people thriving through strong friendships & community, educational & training opportunities, meaningful work, regular respite for caregivers, and support & empathy for neurotypical siblings.  We want to see families strengthened & supported, rather than breaking up because of the challenge of a child with disability.  We want to see more faith communities engaged in service & ministry to families with disability, with the dream of their being at least one intentional disability friendly one within a 15 minute drive from anywhere in Metro NYC.
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