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Integrated Communities


“Integrated and Interdependent Communities”

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Integrated Communities


“Integrated and Interdependent Communities”

Carousel 51 is focused on creating "Integrated Communities". We have an Autistic son, so this is our passion in life and we are actively seeking partners in the Developmentally Disabled and Autism communities in the New York area. We want to partner with agencies, providers, and employers on services, jobs, housing, and community integration topics. We are believers in the "Self Direction" model for the DD community. 

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Threefold/OttoSpecht


Otto Specht/Threefold

Rockland County, NY

Threefold/OttoSpecht


Otto Specht/Threefold

Rockland County, NY

Working @ Duryea Farm

Working @ Duryea Farm

The Threefold/Otto Specht project is very interesting, as they have achieved “Integration” at the existing 200 acre community in Rockland County:

Is the Otto Specht/Threefold Community the 'Integrated' Model We Have Been Looking For?

Mike Sweeney is on the Board of Otto Specht, and the focus is building the ”Transitional Life Skills Program”. This is offered to students that have aged out of high school and require a post-secondary program to build the practical, vocational, and social skills needed to successfully navigate their path towards independent living.

The Transitional Life Skills Program is growing, a reflection of obvious demand. Three Otto Specht families have purchased homes on the periphery of the campus for their adult children to share with other adult residents. Other housing models are also being discussed. 

Dustin Sweeney started at Threefold/Otto’s “Endeavor 21+” program in July of 2019.

Working @ The Fellowship

Working @ The Fellowship

Integration @ Threefold/Otto Specht

Integration @ Threefold/Otto Specht

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ArchCare @ Saint Teresa, Staten Island


ArchCare @ Saint Teresa

Staten Island, New York

ArchCare @ Saint Teresa, Staten Island


ArchCare @ Saint Teresa

Staten Island, New York

How do you implement "Self-Direction in the OPWDD System", in a residential community, and how do you make it great? ArchCare, the Continuing Care Community of the Archdiocese of New York, is converting a beautiful building at Saint Teresa Parish on Staten Island for our Special Needs population. 

I serve on the Committee and keep updates on the project HERE.