We can help children get the services they need
There are over 250,000 special-needs children in New York City,
32% of these children live in poverty and struggle to get vital services
Families lack knowledge and guidance
Families who have children with severe autism and other similar developmental disabilities can benefit tremendously from programs like Early Intervention. Unfortunately, low-income families are the least likely to report these problems to a healthcare provider or to seek help. The most recent Child Community Health Survey conducted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found that parents of children with a developmental disability not taking action or talking with a provider is far more common among children in lower-income households than those in higher income households (32% compared with 7%). According to the most recent report from New York City, families find themselves without adequate guidance and direction regarding appropriate steps, available services, and where and how to access them.
Parents who did not report their concerns about their child’s development.
NYC needs more qualified service providers
Even after parents have given consent, each year thousands of children in New York City don’t receive an evaluation within the state-established timeline.
Without a completed evaluation, children are not eligible to receive the services they need like Early Intervention or Special Education. The most recent NYC Administration For Children’s Services Community Assessment report showed that in the 2012 school year less than half of preschool-aged children in NYC received timely evaluations. The majority of those who didn’t receive timely evaluations came from low-income households.
Although this is sometimes due to evaluator delays in completing evaluations or scheduling meetings, nearly one-third of all delays is due to a lack of available, approved evaluators.
Less than half of preschool-aged children (3 and 4 year olds) in New York City received timely evaluations during the 2012 School Year.
Low-income, high-need areas lack of agencies
According to the New York State Department of Special Education, neighborhoods like the South Bronx have large populations of young children with developmental disabilities, yet they lack agencies such as approved Early Intervention centers, to meet the needs of these children. Manhattan, on the other hand, has a disproportionately high concentration of such agencies.
We can help
The Foundation will be starting a Center for child development in the heart of an underserved neighborhood in the Bronx. We will work closely with the community (religious institutions, community centers, housing projects, etc.) to connect personally with the local population and educate them about the need for early evaluations and the different services available to them.
The center will provide comprehensive services including multidisciplinary evaluations, therapeutic treatments, service coordination, and family support, all at no cost to the families in need. We will soon be able to receive public funding for evaluations and therapies, but we need your help to get started.
Help us bringing high-quality services to communities in need. Together we can transform the lives of children, families, and the community itself.