Who We Serve

“We can make a difference. People in wheelchairs can make a difference. We can do anything that we can set our hearts and minds to. We can do anything. Accomplish anything. Be anything. And I wouldn't want our disabilities to stop us from being who we want to be.”

NAC serves New York City’s most vulnerable children

– those who are living in poverty, have a profound disability, chronic illness or mental health diagnoses, and have experienced or are at risk of experiencing abuse and/or neglect.

NAC families face enormous challenges — intergenerational poverty, traumatic histories, mental illness, domestic violence and homelessness — while trying to
care for a child, or many children, with serious medical and/or mental health needs. NAC confronts the great challenges that our families face with comprehensive support and services, providing families with hope and stability and children with
an alternative to a life of institutionalization and public dependence.

Diagnoses of NAC children include

but are not limited to:

  • autism
  • diabetes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • cerebral palsy
  • asthma palsy
  • brittle bone disease
  • spina bifida
  • sickle cell anemia
  • renal failure
  • muscular dystrophy
  • cancer
  • blood/genetic disorders
  • traumatic brain injuries
  • Down syndrome
  • developmental disabilities
  • heart disease
  • severe burn injuries
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