AHRC New York City
AHRC is a family governed organization committed to finding ways for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to build full lives as defined by each person and supported by dedicated families, staff and community partners.
The aim of AHRC's work has been to offer disabled individuals day to day living that is as rich, absorbing and worthwhile as possible, with an emphasis on helping individuals live up to their maximum potential in the community.
In the past sixty years AHRC has helped to create a life for people with developmental disabilities that did not exist previously. Some of AHRC's “firsts” include:
- The creation of the first medical clinic for children with then called mental retardation at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in 1950; - In 1954 the establishment of the first sheltered workshop in the U.S. funded by a federal grant; - In 1970 the opening of the first group residence in New York State on East 16th Street in Manhattan; - The ceding of portions of its special education program to the New York City Board of Education to use as a model for public school special education classes in 1974; - In 1985 the creation of the first sibling network to deal with the issues of sisters and brothers of individuals with developmental disabilities; - In collaboration with the City University of New York (CUNY) the creation of the CUNY Consortium on Disabilities in 1989; - The opening of the first licensed out-patient alcohol and substance abuse clinic for people with developmental disabilities in 1994; and, - In 1995, the opening of the first facility in the State providing ongoing community based services to people who are disabled as the result of incurring a traumatic brain injury.
AHRC currently serves 11,000 individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, and their families. The array of services offered to individuals and their families by the organization is unsurpassed.
Candidates interested in employment at AHRC should visit our Employment Opportunities section of our website at www.ahrcnyc.org