About AHRC New York City Schools
Services and Supports for Children and Students Ages 3 to 21
AHRC New York City’s Educational Services department believes that children and adolescents grow and thrive in a nurturing, loving, and developmentally appropriate learning environment. High-quality developmentally appropriate instruction provides the foundation for independence, autonomy, and enhanced quality of life.
History of AHRC New York City
AHRC New York City was founded in 1949 by parents of children with developmental delays at a time when there were few services available to meet their children’s needs. Currently, AHRC New York City operates 7 school sites that serve children and students with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders in all NYC boroughs.
Program Philosophy and Goals
As a family-founded organization, families are a guiding force in fulfilling AHRC New York City’s mission. A testament to this is that more than two-thirds of the members of our Board of Directors are parents, siblings, and other family members of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Faculty and Staff
Meet the staff of AHRC New York City’s Educational Services department.
THE HOPE Continuum for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
HOPE is an acronym that represents AHRC New York City’s mission regarding the education of children with autism, program guidelines for best practice, and the philosophy of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). AHRC NYC endorses an ABA approach that encourages incidental learning and spontaneity, educating the “whole child” and taking into account each child’s prior experience, temperament, frustration level, and support needs when planning his or her education program.