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

Day Habilitation Participants Visit the New York Aquarium

Day habilitation participants experienced an aquatic day of fun at the New York Aquarium. Participants enjoyed ocean-themed activities and viewed the facilities conservation program. The New York Aquarium is a leading voice in the Tri-state area marine conservation initiatives. Through program activities and interactive exploration, participants were able to explore the vastness of seascape ecology.

The Day Habilitation With/Without Walls is a program that provides individuals with an environment that enhances their academic and prevocational skills. Each participant of the program is provided with opportunities for community involvement, personal growth, and socialization.

My Time Inc. Autism 2019 Parent Summit 

Elmy’s Special Services attended MY Time Inc. Parent Summit held in Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. The Parent Summit included complimentary breakfast followed by a series of panel discussions covering a range of topics aimed to support, educate, empower, enlighten and uplift parents of a child diagnosed with autism and developmental disabilities. Panelist included Liz Lonergan, Director of DDRO Region 4 of OPWDD; Debra and Christopher Greif from the Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities Council; and Brett Scudder of Scudder Intervention Services Foundation.

ESS was among the supporting organizations that provided resources to participating parents of children diagnosed with autism and developmental disabilities.

Founded in 2004, MY Time Inc is an incubator of support and resources for parents with Autistic children. It is a specific objective of My Time Inc to target parents of children diagnosed with Autism and Developmental Disabilities and other related disabilities or disorders that are often overlooked and not given enough support to deal with the stresses of raising a child with a disability.

For more information on My Time Inc. please visit their site:

SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity
Center Job Fair

This month ESS participated in the Bronx Educational Opportunity Center Job Fair. The fair featured over 40 industry leaders within the field of Healthcare, Direct Support, Technology, Civil Service, Security, and Education among others. Representatives from ESS were on site to provide useful information to qualified candidates seeking employment opportunities.

Job fairs provide the ideal environment for employers and job seekers to connect.  The programming and fairs facilitated by The Bronx Educational Opportunity Center inspire social, economic and environmental change in New York State. It provides professional development, education and job training to disadvantaged adults seeking successful job placement. 

For more information on the Suny Bronx Education opportunist center job fair please visit:

Fostering Mental Health in Communities of Color

This month marks Mental Health Awareness month. Within today’s society, there are millions of Americans faced with mental illness. According to statistics, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year.  Mental illness does not discriminate and equally affects all genders, race, and class. However, due to the racial and ethnic disparities in and communal stigma associated with mental health in communities of color, people of color are less likely to seek professional help.

Join us this month in our efforts to foster mental health awareness and destigmatize mental illness in communities of color. Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training and learn how to identify signs of mental health distress, or substance use issues in your community.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) offers free Mental Health First Aid training to all New Yorkers, as part of the Thrive NYC initiative.

Research shows that MHFA training has a number of benefits.

  • Improved ability to recognize behavioral health challenges

  • Greater confidence in one's ability to help

  • Decreased negative attitudes toward behavioral health challenges

MHFA courses are offered on a regular basis at DOHMH. They are tailored for working with either Adults or Youth. For more information on how you can participate hit the link below:


A Mother’s Day Surprise for Staff at
Elmy’s Special Services

Finding the right balance between work and motherhood is often times a challenge as there are many trade-offs. At ESS, we understand the struggle to maintain a well balanced personal and professional life as working mothers in today’s society. Therefore, to show our appreciation for the phenomenal working mothers at ESS, they all received roses.

Thank you for your continuous efforts and commitment to the mission and goals of ESS. HappyMother’s Day!

Fun Fact: About 95% of ESS employees are Women.


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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