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

Reaching New Heights: ESS New Day Habilitation Center September Opening!

We are pleased to announce that Elmy's Special Services New Day Habilitation Center is set to open this September at 1007 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY. The new facility includes a bigger game room with up to date systems; an expanded library with more computers, learning stations and literary resources; a modernized gym with sensory equipment; an arts and craft room; a nurses station; showers in the bathroom; a locker room for individuals and staff; and a performance stage. We have also included a store where individuals can volunteer within the program to gain work experience.

The Day Habilitation With/Without Walls is a program that provides individuals with an environment that enhances their academic and prevocational skills. Our new facility will provide individuals with more resources, space, and opportunities to further academic enrichment and personal growth. 

The Day Habilitation center is an integral part of programming at Elmy’s Special Services. We strive to be an incubator for academic enrichment, personal growth, community involvement and socialization for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Greater New York City Area. A new center that expands upon these core principals means that we are on track to reaching new heights. 

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.

A Tie-Dye Adventure in Herbert Von King park!

Day Habilitation participants experienced a refreshing day of art at the Herbert Von King Park in Bedstuy (Brooklyn, NY). Participants made their very own tie-dye t-shirts in an interactive hands-on activity facilitated by ESS Direct Support Professionals. This day for us highlighted the many ways people with developmental disabilities can come together to build upon ideas of community, inclusion, and diversity.

We believe Art is a useful agent for improving social and cognitive development.  Facilitating engaging activities that promote creative expression enhances individuals' academic and prevocational skills. 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! 

The 79th Precinct Annual National Night Out!

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, representatives from ESS attended the 79th Precinct Council National Night Out at Restoration Plaza located at 1368 Fulton Street near Applebees. The event included a talent showcase, free massage therapy, health and wellness resources, amusement rides for children, sports activities, free food and vendor tables among others. 

National Night Out is an annual  “family fun day” in the community.  It is a day when the Police in every borough spend time with youth and families in every community. The objective is to strengthen police-community partnership and improve the quality of living. Representatives from ESS were on site to provide useful information to qualified candidates seeking employment opportunities and resources.

We are thrilled to have taken part in this year's festivities. We look forward, with much enthusiasm, to next year’s event!

The 10th Annual TAMA Summerfest in Brooklyn! 

On Saturday, August 17, 2019 representatives from ESS participated in the Tompkins Avenue Merchants Association (TAMA) and Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) in Brooklyn along Tompkins Avenue between Hancock St. and Putnam Ave in Bedford-Stuyvesant. This year’s festivities included vehicle-free pedestrian space, amusement rides for children, live music, sports activities, free food and vendor tables by merchants and small business owners. ESS representatives handed out informational pamphlets and promotional gifts to attendees.  

The Tompkins Avenue Merchants Association (TAMA)  is a collective effort amongst the businesses, building owners and residents along the Tompkins Avenue commercial strip to improve the economic condition and quality of life in their community. It fosters economic support and patronization for small businesses along Tompkins Avenue, Malcolm X Boulevard, Bedford Avenue, and other commercial corridors in Bedford-Stuyvesant. 

For more information on The Tompkins Avenue Merchants Association (TAMA), please visit them online:


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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