POINT (Pursuing Our Independence Together) Community
POINT supports adults, ages 21 and older, with developmental and learning disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, to live independently in apartments located throughout downtown White Plains. Participants engage in groups emphasizing life skills training, health awareness and social interactions. In addition to building camaraderie, participants are supported by a dedicated staff of master's level specialists.
View a video about the community below.
POINT services include:
- 24-hour emergency phone coverage
- Social skills, health awareness and advocacy training
- Social and recreational opportunities
- Community Activities
- Internship Opportunities
- Day and Weekend Trips
- Wellness Programs
- Community Habilitation training that includes travel training, housekeeping, cooking and money and time management among other skills
Participants receive a weekly visit from their program specialists to help them achieve their personal goals and assist with any problem-solving needs. A monthly calendar of social activities is available to participants. All POINT participants are expected to be actively engaged in employment, education, or volunteer opportunities. Many of POINT participants are in paid employment, with others engaged in paid and unpaid internships, training programs or volunteer opportunities.
Families, an integral part of POINT, participate in committees to enhance program offerings and assist with accessing needed services for participants. Parents raise funds and volunteer their talents to provide increased opportunities for the participants.
POINT seeks adults who have experience living away from home, such as a college or post-secondary residential program. They must be completely independent managing their medications and demonstrate emotional stability prior to admission.
View the POINT monthly calendar below.
Community Habilitation Trainers, provide skills training and development so that the participant can live as independently as possible. Community habilitation is provided by trained WJCS POINT staff in the participant's home and services may include, but are not limited to training in social skills, personal grooming, household chores, laundry, cooking, money management and shopping.
Contact Barbara Greene, MPH, Director POINT Community, 914 761-0600 X 2175; [email protected]