Abilities! is a non-profit agency that is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to be active, independent, and self sufficient participants in our society. Through education, training, research, leadership, and example, Abilities! seeks to provide the highest quality services. Abilities! is dedicated to creating a world in which people with disabilities will live simply as people, be treated with dignity and respect, and have access to all the benefits of our society.


For Over 50 Years, The Association for Neurologically Impaired Brain Injured Children, ANIBIC, has been providing services to people with special needs. ANIBIC is dedicated to enabling individuals to reach their potential so that they may live as productively as possible. ANIBIC encourages integration and inclusion in the community and are committed to a person-centered process as they work to serve consumers and their families. ANIBIC offers a broad range of services for children as young as five and throughout adulthood. They understand that people with special needs are people first and that their individual challenges are just part of what makes them special.

Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc.

Ballet Tech showcases a model program that gives New York City children with nascent talent the opportunity to grow into world-class professional ballet dancers. The program is based on the premise that all children should have an introduction to dance, and the opportunity to train should be contingent upon their innate talent and enthusiasm, regardless of economic circumstance.

Child Life at Beth Israel Medical Center

An important service at Beth Israel is to provide a Child Life Specialist to children and families in need. Child life Specialists are trained professionals with expertise in helping children and their families undergoing tests, surgeries, and other medical procedures, to overcome life’s most challenging events. Without the assistance of a professional who understands their unique perspective, children of all ages may experience emotions such as fear, shame, confusion and loneliness, which can inhibit their natural development and have lasting negative effects on their well-being.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City is to provide mentors to all children who need caring adult role models, special friends who can help expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures, thus, change their lives.

Camp Turk - The Masonic Youth Camp

Camp Turk offers 200 boys and 200 girls an unsurpassed three-week summer vacation each year. The camp rivals the finest private camp facilities and programs, with heavy emphasis on water sports, field activities, and typical camping experiences. Each year for the past number of seasons, camp has been filled to capacity with happy, healthy campers and staff.

Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS)

CAPS recruits volunteers to serve as counselors. They receive professional training to recognize child abuse and neglect, and to promote child safety and violence prevention. These volunteers include teachers, social workers, guidance counselors and concerned community members with a special interest in child abuse issues. Workshops are held in more than 100 school districts throughout Long Island covering hundreds of thousands of children.

Stephen Gaynor School

The Stephen Gaynor School, a nonprofit organization, provides educational enrichment for children ages 5-14 with learning disabilities. Children are helped to reach their academic potential through intense after-school tutoring. Children learn to approach their studies more enthusiastically. Families are also encouraged to help reinforce their child’s accomplishments by further support at home.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes is an internationally-accredited, nonprofit guide dog school established in 1954, dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity. From college to marriage to the workplace to kids’ soccer games, our graduates reach new heights with their Guiding Eyes dogs by their sides.

Jawonio - The Center for People with Disabilities and Special Needs

Jawonio, known also as The Center for People with Disabilities and Special Needs, has as its mission advancing the independence and well-being of people with disabilities or special needs. Jawonio provides comprehensive medical, clinical, rehabilitative, educational, employment, day habilitation services, service coordination and community living services to children and adults with physical, developmental and/or emotional disabilities. Jawonio's goal is to help their clients reach personal, optimal levels of function by enhancing their health, education and employment opportunities.

Langone Medical Center, New York University

Fulfilling its vision 'To Serve, To Teach, To Discover', the NYU Langone Medical Center offers a wide range of clinical services to the public in Medicine, Surgery, Nursing as well as the New York City Free Clinic. Eight specialized facilities and Institutes focus on topics from Joint Disease and Corporate Wellness to Cancer and Rehabilitation. The medical school continues to be one of the nation's preeminate teaching institutions, offering degrees in Medicine (MD), MD/Ph.D in Medical Science combined, MD/Master in Global Public Health, Ph.D in Medical Science and MD/Master of Public Administration combined. Also offered are residency and fellowship training in a broad range of clinical specialties.

Loco-Motion Dance Theatre for Childen

Loco-Motion is a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) performing arts organization for children ages 5 - 17. Our primary purpose is to cultivate the development and appreciation of dance and theater arts among school age children of all backgrounds and levels of ability. Our classes and workshops are a combination of technical and creative exercises developed to extend the imaginative capabilities of each child, infusing them with confidence in their abilities and enabling them to grow as artists and individuals. We provide full tuition scholarships for over 1/3 of our total enrollment, and our students stay with us for an average of 8 - 10 years.

The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL)

The Masonic Laboratory (MMRL) is a state-of-the-art medical research facility engaged in studies involving major health issues facing society today such as ischemic heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, sudden cardiac arrest and other aspects of cardiovascular disease. It is a not-for-profit institute supported by volunteer contributions and bequests, foundation, corporation and Federal grants.

NYU Pediatric Cardiology

The New York University - Langone Medical Center and School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics provides care for children and families at world-class facilities throughout New York City, offering a complete range of cardiatric care, both pre- post-natal. Patients come from all over the United States and the world to benefit from pediatric cardiac care at NYU Langone Medical Center. The attending faculty of NYU's Pediatric Cardiology Program provide consultation and care of young patients with known or suspected heart problems. We pride ourselves on caring for patients and their families, one child at a time.

Plus Group Homes

PLUS Group Homes provides housing in the community, and a vast array of services to the developmentally disabled, in order to enhance individual functioning. PLUS Group Homes provides protective oversight, direct care, and clinical services to its consumers. Medical and nursing care, habilitative services, social work services, recreation, art therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and behavioral therapy are provided to all consumers in its three Intermediate Care residences and on an individualized basis in its two Individualized Residential Alternative residences.

Police Athletic League

The Police Athletic League of New York City (PAL) is New York City’s largest independent youth development not-for-profit organization. In its 95th year of service, PAL is continuing its evolution and remains a vibrant and vital NYC institution. Since 1914 PAL has been serving New York City’s youth with safe, structured programming designed to engage boys and girls in positive activities that improve their quality of life, presenting developmental opportunities, and offering the prospect of a brighter future.

Rhinelander School, The Children's Aid Society

Rhinelander School serves approximately 600 children annually in our Early Childhood, Nursery, and After-School Programs. The Early Childhood Program has become enormously popular, providing enriching offerings that support the development of healthy minds and bodies. Our Nursery School, a member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York, is consistently ranked as one of New York City’s best, as reflected in the increasing demand for spots. And our After-School Arts and Smarts Clubs help meet the needs of working families for high-quality care during the non-school hours, providing pick-up from area schools, homework help and arts-based programming.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

At Sloan-Kettering we treat more children and young adults with cancer daily than any other institution in the world. Our Pediatric Disease Management Team includes more than 30 full-time physicians and surgeons, each of whom has expertise in one or more areas of pediatric oncology. The Center's physicians and scientists have pioneered many pacesetting therapeutic regimens that have made possible the remarkable progress in treating many infants, children, teenagers, and young adults with cancer.

St. Mary’s Foundation for Children

St. Mary’s is one of the nation’s premier providers of intensive rehabilitation and specialized care for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions. Following hospitalizations in acute care facilities for complications from premature birth, illness and injury, or when special services are needed, children and their families come to St. Mary’s to receive care. They learn to manage their illness or injury and achieve a better quality of life. The Association has been active in supporting its pediatric feeding program that helps children with feeding disorders learn how to chew and properly ingest food, and trains parents to continue with the correct protocols after the children have left the daily care of St. Mary's.

The Family Center

The Family Center evolved from the vision of four women, who, while working at the Department of Social Services in New York City, focused on the needs of families affected by AIDS. The biggest concern of the parents was not for themselves, but for their children. However, little was being done to prepare the children for death, mourning and rebuilding their lives. With these families in mind, The Family Center was founded in 1994 to help families remain stable and cope with the implications and gravity of their health situation.

Triform Camphill Community

Triform Camphill Community is a therapeutic residential and vocational training community, about half of whom are young adults with special needs. A youth guidance community, Triform endeavors to accompany the young person (age 18-25) on his or her unique path toward adult independence and self-awareness. The sequence of an education and work program followed by a work apprenticeship, provides the structure that challenges young residents to discover their strengths and develop skills, self-confidence and responsibility.