Welcome to the new AccessCNY website! We are excited for you to look around! One change you may have already noticed is that services are now listed by age instead of program area. Our hope is this change makes it easier for you to find and sign up for services that help you and your loved ones.

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Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy helps children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (also known as ASD) build skills and remove barriers to learning. Common goals of ABA include improving communication skills, minimizing harmful behaviors and increasing academic success. At AccessCNY, we recognize that every child is different. That’s why our team of trained […]

Berkana Crisis Respite

Berkana House is an innovative short-term residential program that helps adults experiencing a mental health crisis. While staying at Berkana each person receives their own private room and access to the shared living spaces. More importantly, guests have 24/7 access to our certified peer specialists- specially trained employees who have completed their own mental health […]

Adults | Seniors

Bridge Services

AccessCNY’s Bridge Services help connect current AccessCNY participants with staff advocates who can provide emotional and logistical support in pursuing personal goals. Our staff can provide support with goals both big and small, including: Obtaining Social Security Insurance (SSI), Medicaid and other entitlements Applying for housing subsidies (section 8)  Finding local doctors and mental health professionals […]

Adults | Seniors

Career Skills Training

Career Specific Vocational Training for People with Disabilities provides a 3-month non-traditional training program for specific positions in the food service or janitorial industries. We will be prescreening candidates to ensure their desire to work and to determine what career field that they are qualified for. We will offer instructional and on the job training […]

Children’s Services

AccessCNY’s Children’s Services are designed to help youth (ages 5-21) develop daily living and relationship building skills. Each of our services is personalized, flexible and designed to help kids reach their own personal goals. Our intention is to provide local families with the resources and supports needed to keep kids safe and comfortable at home, in […]

Community Habilitation

AccessCNY’s Community Habilitation services help adults with developmental disabilities develop the skills they need to live, work and play independently in our community.   Working one-on-one with a staff member known as a Direct Support Professional (DSP), individuals enrolled in Community Habilitation choose community (or home) based activities that are both fun and can help them […]

Adults | Seniors

Community Oriented Recovery & Empowerment (CORE) Services

AccessCNY’s Community Oriented Recovery and Empowerment (CORE) services help individuals with a serious mental health and/or substance use disorders to meet their recovery goals, such as finding a job, going to school, socializing or living more independently. CORE Services for Adults

Adults | Seniors

Community Support Services

AccessCNY’s Community Support Services (CSS) helps adults with mental health diagnoses build confidence and comfort while being involved in the community. With the help of CSS staff, each person starts the program by identifying both their strengths and the areas they would like to grow. Then participants and staff work together to set personal goals and develop a plan to:  Build their own […]

Adults | Seniors

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA)

AccessCNY’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) program helps individuals take control of their personal care and home care needs. With the support of AccessCNY staff, CDPA participants screen, hire, train and supervise personal assistants (PAs) to help with important activities of daily living (ADL). A major benefit to the CDPA program – sometimes also referred to as Consumer Directed […]

Children | Adults | Seniors

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Onondaga CASA is a program that connects community volunteers, known as Court Appointed Special Advocates (or CASAs), with neglected and abused foster children.   Foster kids are often deprived of a “normal” childhood and lack a strong parental figure who can advocate for their best interests. So CASAs step in to be that advocate. After being […]

David Clark Learning Center

Since 1995 the David Clark Learning Center (DCLC) has provided high quality day programming for adults with acquired brain injuries (ABI), sometimes referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBI).   The center is open five days per week and provides a variety of opportunities and supports for ABI survivors. As a member driven program, the participants at the DCLC decide […]

Adults | Seniors

Day Habilitation

AccessCNY’s Day Habilitation program (also known as Community Networks or Networks) is for adults with developmental disabilities who want to build life skills and explore their interests alongside their peers.   Together with staff, the group chooses activities that help build independent living and relationship skills. The program is also designed to build knowledge on how to effectively advocate for oneself. Networks participants […]

Adults | Seniors

DD/ABI Housing

Since 1982 AccessCNY’s DD/ABI Housing services have empowered adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries to live independently in our community.   We believe that every person deserves the freedom to determine what their “best life” looks like and be supported in pursuing it. The staff in our residences are trained to help individuals set goals and develop/maintain the various skills needed […]

Adults | Seniors

Employment Services

Since 1986 AccessCNY’s Supported Employment programs have been helping individuals with a developmental disability and/or a mental health diagnosis find and succeed in jobs they enjoy. Each job seeker in the program is paired with an employment consultant who will be an ally and resource during the job search and first weeks of employment. While looking for a job, our employment consultants can help with:  […]

Children | Adults | Seniors

Environmental Modifications

AccessCNY’s Environmental Modifications (aka E-Mods) program helps individuals make their homes and/or workplaces more accessible. Our adaptive technicians know that the proper accommodations can make daily living easier and allow for maximum independence.   E-Mods staff are available to evaluate a space, design a plan to make it more accessible and then oversee its construction. Past projects have included:  To complete larger projects the adaptive […]

Children | Adults | Seniors

Family Support & Education Center

The Family Support and Education Center at AccessCNY supports individuals with a mental health diagnosis and their families, friends and caregivers. Services are designed to help caregivers cope with the pain, frustration, bewilderment and stigma that often accompany mental health diagnoses. We offer a free 12-week Supportive Family Training course several times a year. This class […]

Adults | Seniors

Family Support Services

AccessCNY’s  Family Support Services (FSS) help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families get the supports they need to live safely and happily in the community. Click on each service below to learn more about it.  Unless otherwise noted, all FSS services require eligibility from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). If you do not […]

Children | Adults | Seniors

Mental Health HCBS Services for Adults

AccessCNY’s Mental Health Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) help empower individuals with a mental health diagnosis to build independence and get involved in their community. Click on any of our services below to learn more. Mental Health HCBS Services

Adults | Seniors

Mental Health Housing Services

AccessCNY’s Mental Health Housing program offers several types of housing for adults with a mental health diagnosis. Each of our programs provides a different level of support, but all of them are designed to be flexible enough to meet changing needs and goals.   Read about AccessCNY’s Mental Health Housing options below: Congregate Residences: Homes or […]

Adults | Seniors

Mental Health Outreach Education

Mental health outreach provides education around mental health diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and support to anyone seeking to understand and support people experiencing mental illness. Through consultation with AccessCNY staff, trainings are individually tailored to meet the needs and time limitations of each group. Current Training Offerings All offerings can be modified to meet the goals […]

Adults | Seniors

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a type of clinical therapy that focuses on improving the strength, flexibility and dexterity of small muscles like those in the fingers, wrists and hands (known as fine motor skills). For a child, this may mean working with an OT on hand strength so that they can hold a pencil correctly. For adults, occupational therapy often […]

Children | Adults | Seniors

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy (PT) can provide a wide variety of benefits for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, including:   Increased strength and endurance  Improved balance and coordination  Better range of motion  Less pain  At AccessCNY the physical therapy process starts with an evaluation, where one of our physical therapists (PTs) will learn about an individual’s goals and evaluate their […]

Children | Adults | Seniors

Respite Services – Adults

AccessCNY’s Spaulding Respite program provide a safe place for individuals with developmental disabilities to relax, explore their interests and connect with the community… all while giving parents/caregivers time to recharge themselves. AccessCNY has two respite houses- the Crystal House and the Guest House- which both provide regular respite opportunities in small groups.  AccessCNY pre-screens every […]

Respite Services – Seniors

AccessCNY’s Spaulding Respite program provide a safe place for individuals with developmental disabilities to relax, explore their interests and connect with the community… all while giving parents/caregivers time to recharge themselves. AccessCNY has two respite houses- the Crystal House and the Guest House- which both provide regular respite opportunities in small groups.  AccessCNY pre-screens every […]

Self Direction Services

AccessCNY’s Self Direction Services empower adults with developmental disabilities to customize their supports and services to meet their unique needs. With the support of family and friends, Self Direction participants take control of important decisions such as what support staff to hire, which services to receive and how to allocate money from their budget. Watch […]

Children | Adults | Seniors

Sensory Integration Therapy

Jump To: About the Sensory System | About AccessCNY’s Integration Therapy | One Time Evaluations About the Sensory Systems:  We all experience life through our senses. More specifically, our brains gather input from seven sensory systems. Click on each sense/sensory system below to learn more about it.  Taste (gustatory) Smell (olfactory)  Sight (visual)  Hearing (auditory) Touch (tactile) […]

Children | Adults | Seniors

Speech & Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy helps people of all ages communicate better and understand information more easily. It usually focuses on improving two types of skills: Speech Skills- The ability to make the right sound and use the voice fully without straining  Language & Communication Skills- The ability to understand information when others are talking and the ability […]

Children | Adults | Seniors

Supported Education

AccessCNY’s Supported Education program helps individuals with mental health diagnoses to identify and achieve their educational goals. From GEDs to college degrees, our staff are eager to help you determine the next step in your educational journey.   For most people, the first step of the Supported Education process is to decide which school/degree/certificate/etc. aligns best with their […]

Adults | Seniors

TRAID Center

The Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disability (TRAID) Center is AccessCNY’s assistive technology lending library. The TRAID Center’s primary mission is to increase access to assistive technology and durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and augmentative communication devices. TRAID accomplishes this goal by providing short term equipment loans at no cost; individuals simply borrow items, use […]

Children | Adults | Seniors

Trauma Recovery Support

AccessCNY’s  Healing the Heart trauma recovery program offers on-going support to people recovering and healing from trauma, especially sexual abuse. Work is done largely in group settings, where individuals can find community and support. Group activities include weekly discussion meetings and shorter topic-based lectures.  In addition to the group work, AccessCNY can help connect participants with additional services such as counseling, […]

Adults | Seniors

Unique Peerspectives

What is Unique Peerspectives? Located in Downtown Syracuse, Unique Peerspectives is a safe and convenient place for individuals who want to improve their mental health to gather and find support.  At UP, everyone works side by side to determine and pursue their goals… and this includes the staff! UP’s staff are all certified peer specialists, […]

Adults | Seniors

Unpaid Family Caregiver Training

An unpaid caregiver is a person who routinely cares for someone with a disability or mental health diagnosis and is not paid for care. AccessCNY is offering training for unpaid caregivers and community organizations that support unpaid caregivers. Our next Caring for the Caregiver training session will be held on Tuesday, October 17th in partnership […]

Adults | Seniors

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