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ACDS programs deliver on our mission statement – to serve individuals with developmental disabilities throughout their lifetime. Our programs encompass three broad age categories: Early childhood and preschool years, 5 years plus, and adult years.

Our school in Plainview, serving children from birth to five years of age, is our heritage program, the one with which ACDS is most closely identified. Although children with Down syndrome still make up about half our pre-school population, we now have a growing program serving children on the autistic spectrum, as well as children with other developmental and genetic based disabilities. Our school serves about 270 children (center and home based) and we offer day care to 75 children.

Our 5Plus program enables us to continue to serve our graduates beyond the preschool years, maintaining a connection with our families, as well as other families in need of recreational and respite programs. 5Plus has a wide variety of programmatic offerings that serve over 250 consumers, in more than 500 program slots and has the largest reach of all our services.

Our adult services include our Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRAs or group homes), a transitional apartment, adult Medicaid Service Coordination and an adult day habilitation program. In total, we serve nearly 250 individuals in adult services.

Please click on the related links for more information about these programs, including program contacts.

For more information on our educational programs please contact:

Judith Anderson, M.S. Ed., SBL
516-933-4700 ext. 197 View Bio >

Jessica Elmendorf
914-810-2237 ext. 103




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