DISABILITY SERVICES AT THE H.E.S.

Where there is a need, we stand ready to serve.

 

Our mission is to help those in need, embrace diversity, practice inclusion and build a cordial community. 

 

The agency operates an array of programs for developmentally disabled children and adults.

 

At the H.E.S., social services are always available.

For more information about Disability Services at the H.E.S. please contact Austin Noel at 718.241.3000 ext 133 or DisabilityService@thehes.org

 

The R.A.P. (Reaching Academic Potential) Room provides enriched services for children with developmental disabilities.

The atmosphere in the room is soothing and relaxing, and children complete their homework individually or in small groups in a least restrictive environment.
After completing academic work, children are mainstreamed with a counselor into general After School Program’s activities, which include karate, dance, arts and crafts, multimedia room projects, and more.
The R.A.P Room Program runs from September to June, 3 P.M. – 6 P.M. Monday through Thursday, and 3 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. on Fridays. This program is staffed with a social worker and counselors with Special Education experience.
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The eligibility requirements for the R.A.P. Room are as follows:

1) The child must be between the ages of 4-21.
2) The child must have an IEP.
3) If the child has received OPWDD Waiver Services, the Care Manager must provide their Level of Care (LOC), Life Plan, Notice of Decision (NOD), Psychological and Psycho-social evaluations.
Additionally, children 7+ must be toilet trained to attend the R.A.P Room program.
Each child must engage in an intake meeting with the the Director of Programs for People with Disabilities prior to being admitted to the program.

Camp Xtra

H.E.S. Camp Xtra is a day camp that caters to children with developmental disabilities. Campers are in a safe haven where they can feel comfortable and enjoy their summer in the least restrictive environment. 
Children in Camp Xtra are mainstreamed within H.E.S.’ Summer Camp with the support of a counselor. The appropriate level of assistance is assessed for each child based on their individual needs, from group setting to 1:1 camper/staff ratio.
Children participate in general camp activities and enriched activities. Children go on trips that are appropriate for their individual needs. Transportation (from local areas), lunch and snack are provided. 
Camp Xtra

The eligibility requirements for Camp Xtra are as follows:

  • Your child must be between the ages of 5-17.
  • The child must have an IEP.
  • If a child has received OPWDD Waiver Services, the Care Manager must provide their Level of Care (LOC), Life Plan, Notice of Decision (NOD), Psychological and Psycho-social evaluations.
Additionally, children 7+ must be toilet trained to attend the Camp Xtra Program. Each child must engage in an intake meeting with the Director of Disability Services Department prior to being admitted to the program.
Please contact the Disability Services Department regarding any questions.
Camp Xtra

The Sunday Recreation Program Services engages developmentally disabled adults in weekend activities and provides respite for family caregivers.

These activities include going to shows, movies, sports events, and engaging in arts and crafts activities. The program allows developmentally disabled adults to socialize with their peers while also sharpening their life skills.
The Sunday Recreation Program is open to individuals 18 to 45 years old, living within the greater Southeast Brooklyn area. Participants should be high functioning developmentally disabled adults. Transportation may be available depending on proximity to H.E.S.

 

Eligibility requirements for Sunday Recreation Program:
  • The individual must be between the ages of 18-45.
  • The individual must have a Medicaid waiver.
  • The individual’s Care Manager must provide H.E.S with the individuals Level of Care (LOC), Life Plan, Notice of Decision (NOD), Psychological and Psycho-social evaluations.
  • Each Individual must engage in an intake meeting with the Sunday Coordinator or the Director of Programs for People with Disabilities prior to being admitted to the program.

OPWDD SWIM ‘N’ SKILLS

Swimming Program for children ages 4-15 who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and meet OPWDD’s eligibility requirements.
Each child will receive individualized swim instruction and an individual counselor. Parents will receive ABA training and optional swim time with children.
Swimming activities will target encouragement of positive social behavior, including sharing, language growth and self-esteem.

 

The 2019-2020 Swim N’ Skills Calendar is as follows:
November 3rd | 10th | 17th | 24th
December 1st | 8th | 15th | 22nd
January 5th |12th | 19th | 26th
February 2nd | 9th | 16th | 23rd
March 1st | 8th | 15th | 22nd | 29th
April 5th