Little Flower Opens New Day Habilitation Program

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Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York is proud to announce the launch of a new program on the Wading River campus for adults with developmental disabilities, the Little Flower Day Habilitation Program.

The Little Flower Day Habilitation Program opened its doors April 7, 2014 to 15 individuals living at home or in a certified Individual Residential Alternative (IRA) and/or Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) that have been unable to secure an appropriate day program.  Many are recent graduates from the Board of Education and in some cases have been without a structured day program for one to two years.  These individuals have profound-moderate range of intellectual functioning with behavioral and medical concerns.  Several are non-ambulatory and require total support with all activities of daily living.

“Opening this program alleviates some of the hardships faced by the families, many of whom have been forced to adjust their lives in order to remain at home with their child,” said Margaret Raabe, administrative director for the office of persons with developmental disabilities (OPWDD) at Little Flower.  “Our program addresses two key issues: the lack of services on the East End/North Shore and the lack of an appropriate program to meet the challenges both medically and behaviorally that the individuals present with.”

”I am excited and honored to welcome these individuals to our campus and to join our growing family of developmentally disabled adults.  Little Flower is committed to meeting the needs of the community and hope that each of these men and women will thrive in their new daytime surroundings,” said Grace Lo Grande, executive director Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York.

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For over 80 years Little Flower has been guided by the mission to provide hope and help to thousands of people every year. In 2013 alone the agency managed the successful adoption of 84 children into new families, served over 1,000 children in loving foster families, cared for 133 children in the Residential Treatment and Respite Centers, helped 174 children return to their own families, assisted 58 young adults to begin life on their own, and helped over 300 adults with developmental disabilities to lead more rewarding lives.