HKSB has two day habilitation sites including a site based location in Hempstead and a Program Without Walls in Islandia. Classrooms are small and we maintain a 3:1 ratio of participants to staff. This enables the staff to really get to know the people they support and to engage in person-centered planning. Skill development and experiential learning opportunities are tailored to each individual’s interests and goals. Designed to boost self-confidence and self-esteem, the program emphasizes daily living skills and encourages participation in a variety of community-based activities. The program is designed to offer skill development in areas such as orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy, basic braille, American sign language and assistive technology.
Adaptive kitchen, communication and recreational equipment is available providing tactual learning.
Elevators and appliances are marked to promote independence. A fully equipped gym is available as are many adaptive board games and other recreational items. A Health and Wellness program runs weekly offering a variety of activities including movement therapy, gardening, yoga and other exciting classes.
A wide variety of in-program and community-based activities are available.
Some days you may just feel like “chillin”. On these days, our individuals enjoy in-house activities such as dance therapy, art therapy, pet therapy, “Look Good Feel Good”, Workin’ It Out, ASL classes, cooking projects and special celebrations (holidays, acknowledgments, fundraisers and just for fun).
Community-based activities are more than just recreational outings. It is a chance to contribute by helping those in need. Not only do the participants in this valuable service gain a sense of purpose; it has also led to developing new and valued relationships with members of our surrounding communities. Activities include shopping for others (food shopping for homebound seniors), collecting and delivering food to local food pantries and story time at a local library. We are always exploring new opportunities.
Individuals come to our facilities from all over Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn and Queens. Door-to-door private transportation is provided to and from the training facility and for all community outings.
Individuals who are developmentally disabled who have no vision loss are also welcome to attend.