Elmy's Special Services, Inc. 

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A Recap of Summer Camp Fun at ESS!

Summer 2019 has officially ended. Although we welcome the Fall season with much enthusiasm, there is a sweet nostalgia for many of the fun activities and trips we experienced with our individuals in Summer Camp! 

This year, we facilitated a host of socially engaging activities that built upon the key tenets of our philosophy: health and wellness, creative expression, academic enrichment, community, diversity, and inclusion. 

Our Summer Camp Program provides individuals with opportunities to make friends in a fun and safe environment. Individuals are picked up early in the morning and returned home in the afternoon. They visit the pool, local beaches, zoos, amusement parks, and museums among others. Summer camp starts as soon as individuals are out of school and continue until they go back to school.

Interested in enrolling your child in our 2020 Summer program?
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New Day Habilitation Facility Named in Honor of the late, Julie Smith. 

ESS names new Day Habilitation Center in memory of the late Julie Smith, former Director of Operation at ESS. Smith, who passed in 2015, maintained and oversaw the development of Community Service programs and factored significantly in the implementation of the Home Health Care program. 

It is with great honor that we commemorate the memory and service of Smith in our new Day Habilitation Center. The Julie Smith Center will feature a state of the art gym, library, game room, computer room, arts and crafts room, lockers for individuals and staff, bathrooms with showers and hoya lifts, fully functional kitchen and stage for performances. 

We are currently scheduling tours of the new facility for parents, Care Managers, and potential enrollees. Interested in visiting the new site? Please visit us online or contact your Day Habilitation Supervisor for dates.

Senior Appreciation BBQ organized by Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, and State Senator Jose M. Serrano.

On Tuesday, August 29th, 2019 Elmy’s Special Services attended the Senior Appreciation BBQ hosted by Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, State Senator Jose M. Serrano and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Community members, congressman, and seniors gathered at Mullaly Park on the intersections of Jerome Avenue and 164th street in the Bronx to recognize the achievements of elderly citizens in the community.  

The Senior Appreciation BBQ which ran concurrently with “Senior Citizens Day” in August included free food and community tables filled with resources and useful information for participants. Ambassadors from ESS got the opportunity to inform attendees about the services and support we provide for individuals who are seniors. 

“Senior Citizens Day” is a nationally observed holiday in our country that recognizes the accomplishments, and services provided by elderly citizens throughout their lives. According to the 2017 census, there are 47 million senior citizens living within our country and that number will double by 2060. National Senior Citizens Day is a day where we give thanks to the great achievements of our country's elderly who were trailblazers in the field of science, medicine, psychology, civil rights and so much more.

ESS provides compassionate and reliable home care services to help keep seniors safe and independent in the comfort of their homes within the greater New York City area. Senior citizens are one of the most important people in our society. Creating safe and inclusive environments for individuals and seniors alike is a fundamental principle in our philosophy.

We are thrilled that we got the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Senior Appreciation BBQ hosted by Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, State Senator Jose M. Serrano and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. We look forward, with much enthusiasm, to next year’s event!

Lawmakers Introduce New Bill to Raise Supplemental Security Income Asset Limit.

U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 4280 to congress on September 11, 2019. The new bill will amend title XVI of the Social Security Act and update eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 

Increased life spans, a growing senior demographic, and lower birth rates have shifted conversations on Social Security Reform in the past 30 years.  To combat these issues lawmakers have introduced a new bill that would increase the number of disregarded income beneficiaries can take in each month. The bill will also nullify penalties for marrying or receiving living assistance from family members. 

Under H.R. 4280, Individuals with disabilities who receive SSI will be allowed to keep more assets and maintain eligibility when marrying. Lawmakers are looking to increase the supplemental security income asset limit to $10,000 for an individual and $20,000 for couples. 

“This issue is one I have heard about directly from autism advocates and families in our district, particularly parents preparing for children with disabilities to transition into adulthood,” said Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., who introduced the measure along with Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz. “This bill brings the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program’s outdated limits up to speed with inflation — a common-sense adjustment that will make a huge difference for individuals and families caring for someone with disabilities,” (Disability Scoop). 

To read the proposed bill, please visit the link below:


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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