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Programs and Services


Adapted Arts & Science for EVS Students serves students who are blind or low vision with school-based teaching residencies. Adapted Arts & Science is a partnership with Educational Vision Services (EVS), "the largest education program in the world serving children who are blind or have low vision, serving about 1,100 students, ages 5-21, in New York City."

With yearlong residencies in social studies and marine science, Adapted Arts & Science tailors content to the needs of EVS students and aligns lessons to state and local learning standards. The project promotes:

  • academic achievement by integrating school- and community-based resources,
  • social development through experiential learning, and
  • independent travel skills through its focus on Landmapping and map reading content.
Read NY Aquarium Educator Melissa Carp's article on
adapting marine science

Click here to hear audio excerpts of the CANY-EVS Immigration Project

With generous support from the Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, The Lavelle Fund for the Blind, The Joseph Leroy and Ann C. Warner Fund and Independence Community Foundation, Adapted Arts & Science serves more than 75 students each year in Brooklyn and Queens.

CANY is pleased to partner with the New York Aquarium, Women of Color Quilters Network, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and Rocking the Boat to bring diverse community resources to EVS students.

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Workforce Development

Over 65 percent of working-age adults with disabilities are unemployed. Of those who do work, nearly one third earn an income below the poverty level. And people with disabilities are nearly twice as likely as people without disabilities to have an annual household income of $15,000 or less. (2004 Harris Poll)

With funding from the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), through its Enhanced Supportive Employment Program CANY responds to this challenge. Enhanced Supportive Employment provides intensive and extended job development and job coaching for adults with developmental disabilities. In collaboration with the transition teams of special education schools in Brooklyn, Enhanced Supportive Employment helps recent graduates to develop the skills they need to get and keep a job.

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Citywide Science Scholarship Fund

A collaboration with the Urban Park Rangers (UPR), made possible by the support of the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, the Citywide Science Scholarship Fund provides 50 one-week scholarships each year to children with sensory and developmental disabilities so that they can attend mainstream UPR programs during the summer and school holiday breaks. CANY provides staff development and ongoing technical assistance to the Rangers to promote successful inclusion strategies so that kids with and without disabilities can learn and play together.

The Citywide Science Scholarship Fund is a hands-on, real-world science adventure.

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Counseling, Referral, and Transition Services

With generous support from The FAR Fund, CANY provides individual and family counseling, service coordination for graduating students, and information and referral services to families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This new program complements existing academic, socialization, respite and day habilitation offerings and brings us closer to our goal of providing a comprehensive continuum of services to people with disabilities.

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This year CANY will provide more than 7,500 hours of Holiday Respite to scores of young adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Our young people explore New York through programs at The Museum of Modern Art and Sony Wonder Lab and outings such as adapted horseback riding and sailing, all of which are hallmarks of CANY's commitment to maximizing community participation for students with disabilities.

Generous support from OPWDD, and the Brooklyn and Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Services Offices makes this project possible.

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Cultural Arts Initiative

The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation is a generous supporter of CANY's Cultural Arts Initiative. In collaboration with the Museum Access Consortium, the Cultural Arts Initiative provides community-based, inclusive programming for youngsters with disabilities and their families. In addition to programs at cultural institutions throughout New York City, the Cultural Arts Initiative also regularly convenes information-sharing workshops with museum educators and administrators, public school teachers and advocates to build skills and improve access for people with disabilities at cultural institutions. Recent workshops, facilitated by the Museum Access Consortium, include "Welcoming People with Alzheimer's Disease to Your Museum," "Experiencing Art Museums with a Visual Disability," and "Perspectives on Autism: Art and Access."

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Professional Development

The Museum Access Consortium (MAC) provides information and training to museum professionals, educators, advocates and all parties interested in improving access to NYC cultural institutions for visitors with disabilities. MAC workshops are wide ranging in their subject matter and have included such topics as:

  • Effective Inclusion for Students with Disabilities
  • Planning and Fundraising for Accessibility
  • Disability and the 21st-Century Museum
  • Awareness, Programming and Institutional Development
  • Case Studies in Multi-modal Learning
  • Maneuvering the DOE Re-Reorganization – Reaching Out to Schools and Students with Disabilities
  • Welcoming Families with Disabilities: Parents Speak Out

Please contact the Museum Access Consortium for more information about upcoming events, or to receive a copy of the Abilities!/MAC 2007 Member Survey on citywide museum accessibility.

Click here to view the MAC-CANY Featured Project in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities newsletter, Cross Ties

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Day Habilitation — Sports & Fitness

With support from OPWDD, CANY serves adults with developmental disabilities in our Day Habilitation without Walls program, Sports & Fitness. This unique program promotes physical fitness, increased knowledge of nutrition and its impact on health, prevocational skills, and the continuing development of social skills. Sports & Fitness maximizes community access and widens social horizons as participants explore NYC's wealth of cultural, sports, vocational, and educational opportunities.

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