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In-Home Respite

Every family and child needs a break from typical day-to-day routines and responsibilities; however, caring for a family member with developmental disabilities often results in pressures not experienced by other parents or caregivers.  Summit’s respite program provides short-term relief to families by providing an experienced respite worker in an individual’s home who organizes and provides structured activities and supervision.  Whether it’s a trip to the zoo, a walk to the ice cream store, or simply playing a game at home, the individual, parents or other caregivers have an opportunity to regroup and re-energize. This program is funded by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Home and Community Based Services Waiver program.  Certain eligibility requirements apply.

Customized Respite

This program offers specialized respite services to families of children and young adults who are considered difficult to serve.  Criteria for enrollment in the program is based on a number of factors including severe behavioral challenges, family geographic location, number of children with developmental disabilities in the family and/or bilingual (Spanish/English) needs.  The program offers the in-home support of a behavioral specialist and a staff trainer, as well as more intensive staffing when applicable.  The mission of the program is to offer relief to those families who have had the most difficulty finding and maintaining appropriate and adequate support through traditional respite programs.  This program is funded through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Home and Community Based Services Waiver program.  Certain eligibility requirements apply.

Summit Adventures – An After School Respite Program

Summit provides a highly-specialized after school respite program for children with disabilities, ages 5 – 18, at our main location, 150 Stahl Road, Amherst.  Summit Adventures provides structured activities to encourage each child’s social interaction and physical activity.  The program operates year-round, Monday through Friday from 3 – 5:30 p.m., when Summit Academy is in session. This program is funded by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Certain eligibility requirements apply.

Summit Expeditions – An Evening and Saturday Respite Program

This specialized respite program offers structured recreational, play and leisure activities for children ages 6 – 18.  The program runs 36 weeks per year on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings as well as Saturday afternoons at Summit’s Stahl Road location.  Monthly field trips are included.  The program is geared specifically toward meeting the needs of children with developmental disabilities, particularly those with moderate to severe behavioral challenges.  Appropriate staffing ratios and behavioral supports are provided on-site and on field trips to encourage socialization and community integration opportunities for those children that may not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in such activities.   Certain eligibility requirements apply. This program is funded by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Certain eligibility requirements apply.

For additional information, please call 716-629-3400.