About us

We aim to enhance the quality of life for individuals diagnosed with disabilities and provide support for their families

A community-based organization in New York City established in 2002

The organization was formed by a group of informed professionals who seek to support immigrant families in low socio-economic communities who were generally underserved because of cultural and linguistic barriers.

ESS is funded by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Department of Health ( DOH), the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

At the heart of our success lie the vital partnerships among our core group of stakeholders who are the center of our service delivery system.

Providing quality support for a better quality of life

Since our inception, we have administered various programs to support and promote the independence, dignity, and functioning of children in their natural environment and ensure that they live meaningful and fulfilling lives among family and friends. Our services provide opportunities for social and intellectual engagement, such as education, therapeutic activities, and community acceptance in safe, inclusive, and conducive environments.

We are firmly committed to helping each person we serve, and we strive hard to nurture these individuals by providing comprehensive and individualized services to help achieve their maximum potential for independence, individuality, productivity, and inclusion in their communities.


We believe that every person, regardless of his or her race, ethnicity, or disability, should be treated with dignity and respect. Because of this belief, we will ensure that every person will achieve his or her full potential through appropriate and individualized programming.


Our vision is to be a community where families of children with disabilities have the information, resources, and support they need to make informed choices for the health of their children. We also envisioned a world where individuals with disabilities are recognized by their abilities, not by their disabilities.

We are committed to promoting a culture that embraces...


Surpassing expectations.


Respond to the community with efficiency and quality.


Promoting individual growth through continuous training and support.


Meeting the needs of individuals by acting in innovative ways that generate independence

Our goals

To achieve our goals, we will always consider evolving preferences and recommendations from professionals to continue improve and enhance the quality of the services that we provide.


We strive to provide comprehensive education and training to individuals with special needs, in order to help them reach their full potential.

Support and promote independence

Our goal is to empower individuals with special needs to live independently and make their own choices, by providing them with the necessary support and resources.

Assist in achieving personal goals

Our dedicated team works closely with individuals to understand their unique needs and aspirations, and helps them achieve their personal goals through tailored support and services.

Our Team

Providing Expert Care and Support

Our team is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise, but what unites us is our commitment to providing exceptional care and support.

Ray Knights

Chief Executive Officer

Tamara McDonald

Chief Operating Officer

Sikandar ‘Alex’ Syed

Chief Financial Officer

We are hiring

Join our quickly growing team and make a difference in the lives of special needs individuals in your community.

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