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. Family Storytime: Spanish Read Aloud – Cuentos y Cantos

    April 25 @ 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  10:30 am - 10:30 pm
    South Beach Library
    Children and their parents/caregivers can enjoy stories, and songs in Spanish. Acompáñenos a compartir y cultivar nuestras raíces con otros padres y niños de la comunidad para fortalecer el aprendizaje de los niños a través de canciones y lectura en
  2. Story Time For All

    April 25 @ 11:00 am
    April 25, 2018  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Richmondtown Library
    Join us for interactive stories, songs, and coloring followed by play time for children to socialize. For Ages 18 months to 5 years.
  3. Clay Day

    April 25 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    SI Children's Museum
  4. Mechanical Wave Machine

    April 25 @ 4:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    South Beach Library
    Participants make a large-scale machine that demonstrates how waves work using wooden dowels, duct tape, and gummy candy. We will also demonstrate a simple oscilloscope that uses a laser beam to show how sound waves look. For ages 13 -18
  5. Lego Club

    April 25 @ 4:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library
    LEGO CLUB GET CREATIVE AND BUILD!!!! The library will supply legos, while you provide the imagination All materials must stay at the libray —- so bring a camera to document your creations!! first come— first served recommended for age 8-14
  6. Family Storytime: Stay & Play Storytime

    April 25 @ 4:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Tottenville Library
    First, we’ll share some fun, interactive stories together. Then we invite you to stay, play and enjoy the library’s toys & exploration stations. Meet other families in the neighborhood! Recommended for ages 3 and up. No pre-registration required.
  7. Bookcraft

    April 25 @ 4:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Stapleton Library
    Have a blast listening to stories and making a fun craft!
  8. Family Storytime: Picture Book Time

    April 25 @ 4:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    New Dorp Library
    Enjoy hearing books read aloud, fingerplays action rhymes and coloring. For ages 3 years and up with caregiver.
  9. Evening Group Hike

    April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    April 25, 2018  |  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Every Wednesday: Join us for our weekly evening, guided hike where we will cover 4/5 miles. There are some small climbs but it’s fairly easy. You will probably see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you haven’t
  10. Peepers: Learning about Nature

    April 26 @ 9:45 am - 10:15 am
    April 26, 2018  |  9:45 am - 10:15 am
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Thursdays through May 31: Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, 2 year-olds and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration required. Fee: $3 non-members/Free for Greenbelt Conservancy members