In 1963, disabled children had few school options available to them because of limited special education programs. Parents could keep their children at home or they could send him/her to a program that did not meet the needs of their child. Rabbi Max and Blanche Kahn decided to begin a program to serve the needs of these children. From the start, the program was characterized by professionalism, with a focus on the individual needs of each child. Their vision continues to affect the programs that we operate today. Our current programs are non-denominational. We teach our children with respect and sensitivity to their religious and cultural diversity. This diversity exists not only within our student body and their families, but within our staff as well.
What started as a small program in New York City, has now blossomed into 6 locations in the New York region servicing over 1,100 children. Services are provided at the child’s home, day care center, nursery and at our center based locations.
We are licensed by the New York State Education Department and by the New York State Department of Health. We are grant recipients from OMRDD, DSS, DYCS, USHUD and USDE that supplement our existing school programs. Federal grants provide program enrichment such as adaptive computers, adaptive physical education, music and dance therapy, after school programs, and/or funds for the improvement of education. Our sister agency, HASC Center Inc., provides a variety of services including residential homes, day treatment and sheltered workshops for developmentally disabled adults. HASC also provides a Medicaid waiver program, residential habilitation and supported work programs.
Since 1963, HASC continues to provide high quality education and therapeutic services to children with special needs. Families are an integral component of our education process. Highly structured and individualized, our programs concentrate on the development of the whole child in the least restrictive environment. Progressive vision and traditional leadership enable us to synthesize proven techniques with the new and innovative approaches. We are guided by creativity, compassion and motivation as we strive to make a world of a difference in the lives of our children.
Multi disciplinary professionals, working together, consistently evaluate the progress of each student and jointly define their goals and expectations of each child. Our staff is trained in the latest clinical techniques, providing highly individualized care. Parents and guardians are integral members of this process and are involved in many aspects of the student’s daily progress.
Our programs are licensed and accredited by the New York State Education Department, New York State Department of Health, New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services and the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD).
HASC, Inc. is affiliated with the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopedic Institute, Brookdale Medical Center, Maimonides Hospital, The State University of New York – Down State Medical Center, Lich-lamm, and the Community General Hospital – Harris. We have also established educational affiliations and participate in the professional training of occupational, physical and speech therepy students from Columbia University, New York University, Long Island University, SUNY, Adelphi University, Kean College, Touro College, Hofstra University, Dominican College, St. Johns University, N.Y.I.T., Mercy College and Brooklyn College.
The HASC staff is committed to excellence and demonstrates their dedication in many ways. At HASC, children and families are seen and treated as unique and special individuals. The staff are constantly challenged to address the needs of their students by using curricula and techniques unique to the field of special education. HASC provides an exciting learning environment for children, families and staff. Innovation, creativity and motivation are the hallmarks of a HASC staff member. We are proud of our programs and are pleased to share our knowledge and experience. Please call any of our sites to arrange a tour of our facilities.