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
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,
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.
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
We want to see more faith communities engaged in service & ministry to families with