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Westchester Arc

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Locations
Westchester Arc, The Gleeson-Israel
Gateway Center, 265 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY 10532
United States
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Phone
914.949.9300
Contact
Email contact form
Website
http://www.westchesterarc.org/



Westchester Arc

Founded in 1949, Westchester Arc is the oldest and largest agency in Westchester County serving children and adults who have developmental disabilities and their families.

Over six hundred employees provide more than 1,600 individuals throughout the county with a broad range of innovative and effective programs and services designed to foster independence, productivity and participation in community life. Through a process called person-centered planning, Westchester Arc enables those it serves first to define their dreams, and then, with the help of family, friends and staff, to work towards realizing them.

Mission
The mission of Westchester Arc is to empower children and adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their potential based on personal choices, abilities and interests. This is accomplished through person-centered services, support to families, advocacy and leadership, which together inspire the community to value the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.

Their Services

Westchester Arc is the largest organization in New York’s Westchester County serving children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. They are a family-focused agency offering opportunities to individuals with disabilities such as autistic spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, mental retardation, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. The agency supports social inclusion for people with disabilities because of its benefits to the entire community.

Westchester Arc is committed to nourishing the personal potential of the individuals they serve. Their work is shaped by their abilities, choices and needs as they seek to become productive members of society.

Their offerings range from the early diagnosis of infants, to high school career counseling, to the adult world of work and independent living. The Charles R. Kingsley Life Planning Center can guide you through the process of exploring your loved one’s interests and options-in fact, it’s a great place to begin your relationship with Westchester Arc. When family members are no longer available to help with important life decisions, their guardianship services are a caring alternative.

Services include:

  • early intervention for infants, toddlers and their families
  • a preschool program
  • educational advocacy for children from 5-21 years
  • youth groups for teens
  • transition planning for students preparing to leave high school
  • vocational training and job placement
  • daily living skills classes for adults
  • independent and group living in forty-two residences
  • respite care for children and adults
  • recreational activities including a sleep-away camp
  • 24-hour crisis management
  • individual and group psychological counseling
  • self-advocacy training for adults
  • bilingual (English-Spanish) outreach to unserved or underserved members of minority groups
  • social work that fills gaps left by other services
  • guardianship for adults whose families are no longer able to care for them

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