Adult Services


At Block Institute, we firmly believe that every individual has the potential to achieve greater independence and lead a more fulfilling life. Our focus is to bring out the potential inside each person while remaining sensitive to their abilities and needs. Every accomplishment, no matter how seemingly small, is a giant step forward for those who achieve it. We help adults with developmental disabilities to learn and grow through specialized programs and services for individuals age 18 and older and who meet eligibility criteria established by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Block Institute’s ADS RN oversees the LPNs within our Day Programs.
The ADS nurses provide medical oversight to the Individuals, is part of the interdisciplinary team, communicates with families, the Individual’s residence, and healthcare providers as a liaison to provide continuity of care, as well as maintain records in accordance with governing agencies.
On a daily basis, the nurses will administer medication, provide first aid and emergency interventions as warranted.

Day Habilitation — Block Institute's Day Habilitation program focuses on greater individualized person-centered plans to facilitate independence and productivity through community inclusion in volunteer sites; the development of job readiness skills, academics, functional activities of daily living, travel training, cultural awareness; and leisure activities such as swimming, dance, martial arts, theater arts, and arts and crafts. Within our Day Habilitation program we have a special interest group for senior members of the community that is tailored to meet the needs and interests of an aging population.

Pre-Employment Day Habilitation — Block Institute's Pre-Employment Day Habilitation program introduces individuals to the concept of employment with a focus on exploring the world of work opportunities and developing work habits that can lead to greater independence and productivity through employment. Through person centered planning, individuals are placed in volunteer and training opportunities in various lines of employment within the community, with the potential for future supported or competitive employment.

Vocational Services — Block Institute's Vocational Services offers a continuum of services that focus on assessing individuals to determine their career goals and abilities, and developing individualized, person centered job related skills that can lead to independent, competitive employment opportunities within the community.

Pre-Vocational Services — The Block Institute Pre-Vocational Services offers individuals who require a high level of supervision, employment training, support, and paid work activity in a workshop setting.

Supported Employment Services — The Supported Employment Services program at Block Institute offers individuals who have a potential for independent competitive employment, job development, job placement and job coaching in a competitive work environment, based on the needs, abilities and desires of the individuals seeking gainful employment.

Residential Services — Block Institute provides quality residential care in family-like settings to individuals with a wide range of developmental disabilities. Our goal is to provide unique and individualized services that assist each person in achieving greater independence and integration within the community. Residential opportunities are available within Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF), Community Residences (CR), Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRA), and Supportive Living Apartments (SLA).