Adults with Developmental Disabilities

"Thank you for actually listening to me and caring about what I have to say."

We empower people with intellectual disabilities to be as independent as possible and involved in their communities.

People diagnosed with a developmental disability are capable of leading full and productive lives, and Volunteers of America-Greater New York’s programs for this population reflect this belief. Whether assisting an individual to learn to navigate through their community, obtain employment, or maximize their skills and abilities, the goal is to help all individuals reach their full potential to live safely, and as independently as they can.  

For individuals like Burt and Barbara, Volunteers of America has helped them gain independence and enjoy a life of dignity, richness, and, in their case, love.

“Just because I have a disability doesn't mean I can’t do much. I can do a lot.” - John, a young man with Williams syndrome, who found work and a sense of community after coming to Volunteers of America-Greater New York.

How We Help

Volunteers of America-Greater New York serves a wide range of adults with developmental disabilities including autism, acquired brain injury, and vision, hearing and speech impairments. From our scattered site supportive housing for adults, to community-based support for people living independently, our programs aim to promote community integration and to help clients live full and active lives. 

Supportive Living Services

Volunteers of America-Greater New York supports people with intellectual disabilities in 24-hour residential settings - settings that range from single-person apartment settings to group homes, which primarily serve three or four people. All of our homes are located in communities close to family members and friends. Each supportive living residence is licensed and certified through state agencies and operates under Medicaid guidelines.

Volunteers of America-Greater New York’s residential service for people with developmental disabilities is a long-term service, and it is not unusual for someone to be in the care of Volunteers of America-Greater New York for more than 30 years in a supportive living residence.