Empowering People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Lead Fuller Lives


Frequently Asked Questions 

What is A Very Special Place, Inc.?
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.

What is a developmental disability?
A developmental disability is defined as a condition that is attributed to mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, neurological impairments or autism. The definition also includes any other condition that may cause similar impairment of adaptive behavior and intellectual functioning, including dyslexia and traumatic brain injury, when the disability originates prior to a person's twenty-second birthday, is expected to continue indefinitely, and will require ongoing assistance and support.

How do I know which AVSP program or service is best for me?
Review the Programs and Services pages then contact the Social Work Services Coordinator by telephone, e-mail or fax. To further discuss your options, you can also schedule a personal interview and arrange to visit our programs. The Director of Social Work Services will assist you in determining which programs or services would be beneficial for you as well as which ones you may be eligible to apply for.

How are the programs paid for?
Programs and services at AVSP are financed primarily by the City and State of New York as well as through Medicaid and Medicaid Waivers.

Can I still apply for services even if I don't have Medicaid?
Yes. Not all programs and services are dependent on an individual's Medicaid eligibility. However you may be eligible for Medicaid and not be aware of it. Contact our Social Work Services Coordinator for assistance or refer to the Frequently Requested Resources section of this Website to learn how to contact your local medicaid office.

Are there fees or dues?
The Community Center charges annual dues.

What types of employment opportunities are available at AVSP, Inc.?
Click here for job openings.

If a specific job is not listed, how can I let you know I'm interested in any future positions I may be qualified for?
Please see our Careers page for more information.

How long do you maintain applications or resumes on file?
All applications and resumes are kept on file for one year. This file is used when a vacancy occurs, and those individuals who are qualified are contacted to see if they are interested.

Will my contribution to AVSP be tax deductible?
Contributions made to A Very Special Place, Inc. are tax deductable to the fullest extent allowed under the state and federal laws. A Very Special Place, Inc. is registered with the New York State Office of Charities Registration and has received a 501(C)(3) tax determination status from the Internal Revenue Service as a non-for-profit agency.

Do you accept contributions other than cash?
In some instances we do accept gifts in-kind. Please bear in mind though, that in-kind contributions must be in good condition and of immediate use to the Agency. We do not make collections. For more information contact the Directory of Community & Public Relations at 718-987-1234

What is a matching gift?
A matching gift is one that is made (usually by an employer) in response to another gift that the Agency has already received. For example, if you make a $25.00 contribution to AVSP, your employer will respond by matching the amount of your contribution with an equal or greater contribution to the Agency in your name.

Do you accept gifts in memory or in honor of someone contributions?
Yes, gifts of tribute are an excellent way to do good works and remember friends, colleagues and loved ones. When making a contribution to AVSP, please remember to include a brief note with your gift indicating whom the contribution is in recognition of, along with the name and address of those you wish to notify that a gift has been made.

What is "planned giving"?
In its simplest terms, a "planned gift" is any giving that requires planning. Donors can use a variety of different assets to make a planned gift. Gifts can be made in a number of ways that can provide benefits for the donor and the donor's family, as well as make a larger gift to AVSP. For more information on planned giving contact our Director of Community & Public Relations at 718-987-1234.