Respite/Recreation & Home Away from Home
HeartShare’s diverse Respite/Recreation Programs in Brooklyn and Queens are customized to accommodate different groups of people, such as those on the autism spectrum or for those who use a wheelchair. Respite activities range from day outings across New York City to overnight trips in the greater New York region. HeartShare also offers unique overnight respite opportunities.
HeartShare’s Home Away from Home program enables individuals with autism to spend some time in a family setting. Find the respite program that’s the right fit for your family here. To learn more, call (718) 422-5902.
SPA (Serving People with Autism) Overnight Respite
HeartShare’s SPA Overnight Respite Program for those with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities is hosted in a spacious, two-family home on Staten Island. Families may schedule a stay up to two weeks at a time for their child. For many, this program has offered the first break or vacation they ever had, while setting the foundation for a more independent life for their family member. To learn more, please call (718) 422-3268.
HeartShare’s Options Reimbursement Program is a one-time grant opportunity that may be used for a range of costs related to special needs, including respite care, adaptive equipment, skills training, behavioral supports and camp, which help a child or adult with an intellectual or developmental disability attain a higher quality of life. To learn more, please call (718) 422-3290.
Fragile X Syndrome Information and Referral
HeartShare’s Fragile X Syndrome Information and Referral offers resources for families regarding Fragile X Syndrome, the most commonly known inherited genetic cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities. HeartShare aims to guide families through genetic counseling, as well as provide resources for emotional support. To learn more, please call (718) 422-3271.
Children’s Clinical Evaluations Program
HeartShare’s Children’s Clinical Evaluations Program provides no-cost Psychological and Psychosocial evaluations to children who live in Brooklyn, who don’t have Medicaid and who have either suspected or documented developmental delays. These evaluations may be used for an eligibility determination review with the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. To learn more, please call (718) 422-3227.