Elmy's Special Services, Inc. 

Elmy’s Special Services believes that every person, regardless of his or her race, ethnicity or disability, should be treated with dignity and respect. | 163 Van Buren Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Holiday Getaway to White Post Farms!

Individuals from our Holiday program enjoyed a fun day of exploration at White Post Farms in Melville, NY. In an effort to enrich the lives of those in need,  White Post Farms provides educational tours and fun experiences for families, schools and organizations. In a creative education of playtime, adventure, and exploration, ESS individuals learned how the soil was made, explored the Pumpkin Patch, hand-feed animals in the Outdoor Animal Farm and played together in the Outdoor Play Area. 

We here at ESS are strong advocates for community inclusion and diversity. We believe that individuals with developmental disabilities benefit socially from inclusive practices. Our Holiday Program corresponds with the Department of Education’s holiday schedule. When students are out of school for a holiday or school break, they are given an opportunity to participate in various recreational activities. Individuals are taken to various recreational locations such as museums, zoos, and amusement parks. This program increases the individual’s socialization and community awareness skills. Our Holiday getaway to White Post Farms is one of the many examples of the innovative programming provided to Individuals with developmental disabilities.  

For more information on Elmy’s Special Services Weekend Respite Program, please visit us online!

Expression Through Art!

Individuals in our Day Habilitation program enjoyed a fun day of engaging art activities that enhance social skills and creative expression! In an hour-long workshop facilitated by ESS Direct Support Professionals, participants in our Day Habilitation program created small canvas paintings and collage. In a “Show and Tell”, Day Habilitation participants displayed their works and explained their creative processes to their peers and staff. 

Art is a poignant tool for enhancing communication skills and building self-confidence for individuals with developmental disabilities. According to a study conducted by Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Facilitating daily engaging art activities builds fine motor and problem-solving skills; enhances creative expression and promotes self-advocacy and motivation to succeed. The Day Habilitation With/Without Walls is a program that provides individuals with weekly activities to assist each individual in becoming more involved in their immediate community, enhance their skills, and provide a springboard to graduate them to the next level in their lives.

To find out more about ESS Day Habilitation With/Without Walls program, visit us online!

Brooklyn Public Library Visits After School!

Librarians from the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) visited  Elmy’s Special Services After School Program at the new Day Habilitation Center on 1007 Atlantic Ave (Brooklyn, NY). Individuals enjoyed a fun-filled hour of stories and crafts facilitated by BPL librarians.

The BPL workshop: After School Stories, foster creative educational programming in an inclusive environment for children and teens with or without disabilities. Participants learn social skills and language development in an engaging activity amongst their friends and family.  

Academic enrichment facilitated by guest experts is one of the main highlights of our After School Program. ESS Afterschool Program is provided to individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities between the ages of 6 and 19. The program assists individuals in meeting IEP goals and completing daily homework assignments. In addition, the ESS After School Program fosters opportunities for individuals to socialize and curate individualized recreational activities.

Program activities highlights are: 

  • Public library visits- an afternoon when individuals visit the local library and choose books to read

  • Today’s News- a daily writing activity in which individuals write the date, weather, and activity that they will be engaging in for the afternoon. This may be done independently or with assistance.

  • Educational games

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Holiday Celebrations

  • Sports/Outdoor recreation

For more information on Elmy’s Special Services After School Program, please visit us online!

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month!

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month! During this month we here at Elmy’s Special Services would like to take the time to increase the global understanding and raise awareness on individuals living with Down Syndrome. 

Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder in the United States. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Down Syndrome directly affects 1 in every 700 babies born. 

ESS celebrates the accomplishments and abilities of individuals diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Our primary goal is to educate, serve, and support individuals who are diagnosed with developmental or emotional disabilities. In recent years attitudes towards people living with Down Syndrome have shifted as they have begun to live more independent and inclusive lives. We believe that inclusive environments fosters social skills, cognitive development, and independence with individuals living with developmental disabilities. 

Join us in raising Down Syndrome awareness by including the social hashtag #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth in your posts! Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month!


Ray Knights is the Executive Director of Elmy’s Special Services, Inc. (ESS). ESS is a not-for-profit organization operating under the auspices of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office for Children and Family Services, and the New York State Department of Health. ESS has successfully provided a variety of supports and services to numerous individuals with developmental disabilities in underserved minority communities within New York City for over a decade. 

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