A Very Special Place, Inc.

A Very Special Place, Inc., provides a comprehensive network of programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. With the guidance and support offered at AVSP people of all ages find opportunities to achieve independence and self-fulfillment.

For children under 18 with intellectual & developmental disabilities and families. Assistance with Medicaid, waiver services and benefits. In-home support with daily living. Recreational services after-school and on Saturdays for teens. A Very Special Place, Inc. was established in 1974 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A developmental disability is a condition that is generally attributed to intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, neurological impairment or autism. It may also include other conditions that cause similar impairments.

Those who utilize our supports and services must be residents of New York, are of all ages and reflect the socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and religious diversity found throughout the region. They range in physical and cognitive abilities from individuals who live and work independently with minimal guidance to those who may require continual care.

Today more than 1,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities utilize the array of programs and services offered at A Very Special Place, Inc. Most of the individuals who participate in our services reside on Staten Island, a borough of New York City.

About our Name
When the Willowbrook State School was being closed down as a result of the Willowbrook Consent Decree, many of the residents were being relocated to other settings throughout the state. It was a difficult time of transition for everyone there (residents and staff alike).

Since most of the residents were facing completely unknown life outside of their institutional setting, it was a period of enormous anxiety for them. To prepare them for their transition to a new life, staff would talk to them about how they were going to live in a place all their own when they moved away – a true home with their own rooms and privacy whenever they wanted it. It would be a special place for them to live.

One of the residents, after giving this possiblity a good deal of thought, pronounced that she wasn’t simply going to a special place. “No,” she said, “it’s going to be a very special place because it’s mine”.

When the time came to choose a name for the new agency, it was clear that calling it A Very Special Place was a perfect fit. Our Agency has been established to provide “a very special place” in our community for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

A Very Special Place, Inc.
49 Cedar Grove Avenue
Genevieve R. Benoit 718-987-1234

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  1. Preschool Play

    February 23 @ 10:30 am
    February 23, 2018  |  10:30 am - 10:30 am
    Huguenot Library
    Join us for some Preschool Play fun! There will be story time, crafts and unstructured playtime. *​Pre-registration ​is ​required
  2. Baby Rhyme Time

    February 23 @ 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
    February 23, 2018  |  10:30 am - 10:30 pm
    New Dorp Library
    Bring your baby to an interactive program with simple books, gentle movement and songs. Meet other babies & caregivers in the community.
  3. Baby and Me Story Time

    February 23 @ 11:00 am
    February 23, 2018  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Great Kills Library
  4. Kids Free at the Staten Island Museum!

    February 23 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    February 23, 2018  |  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Staten Island Museum
    Kids enter the museum for free over the break! Please note: admission is free for the Staten Island Museum only, NOT the Staten Island Children’s Museum (also located at Snug Harbor).
  5. Toddler Storytime & Craft Activity

    February 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    February 23, 2018  |  11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Port Richmond Library
  6. Toddler Rhyme Time

    February 23 @ 11:30 am
    February 23, 2018  |  11:30 am - 11:30 am
    New Dorp Library
  7. Toddler Playtime

    February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    February 23, 2018  |  12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    Port Richmond Library
  8. Winter School Holiday Family Programs

    February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    February 23, 2018  |  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
    Enjoy your winter break at the Tibetan Museum. Learn About Losar (Tibetan New Year),  Learn About Animals of the Himalays, Make your own prayer-flags, Try-on Tibetan Chubas and listen to Tibetan music. This program in sponsored by the Cultural Immigrant
  9. Imagination Studio: Into the Woods

    February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    February 23, 2018  |  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Staten Island Museum
    This week our classroom transforms into a studio for dynamic imagination! Join us as we explore various techniques to make creative projects using wooden materials. This workshop is ideal for those who want to learn how to cut, pin, and
  10. Kids Week Staten Island: Animal Tracks

    February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    February 23, 2018  |  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    The Conference House
    Join our Urban Park Rangers on a walk through Conference House Park to discover and follow different footprints of animals and see where they lead us. Contact Number (718) 967-3542