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The Hawthorne Foundation

The Hawthorne Foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization that has, for over thirty years, provided an education to children who are challenged by serious disabilities. In 1981, The Margaret Chapman School (predecessor to Hawthorne Country Day School) became the first ABA (applied behavior analysis) based educational program to provide services to individuals who were diagnosed with severe developmental disabilities, autism and other behavior disorders. HCDS is the longest running and most successful ABA program in New York State. Over subsequent years, we have expanded our programs to include a full continuum of care for children -- birth to adult.

  
School Program
Early Intervention - Consistent with our behavioral philosophy, services including instruction and family training are offered to children from birth to three years of age and their families in the home. For more information, please click on “Overview” and go to the “Programs” link or contact Kelly Hobbins, Early Intervention Program Director, at 914-592-8526, ext.1004 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Preschool (3-5 years) - Located at 5 Bradhurst Ave. Hawthorne, NY 10532- The HCDS preschool is a center-based program for children ages 3 to 5 years who are diagnosed with a disability. The program focuses on verbal behavior, play skills, social skills, and academic readiness through intensive 1:1 and small group instruction. For more information, please click on “Overview” and go to the “Programs” link or contact Kelly Hobbins, Director of the Early Childhood Program, at 914-592-8526, ext. 1004, or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
School-age (5-21 years) - Located at 5 Bradhurst Ave. Hawthorne, NY 10532- Our school-age program is the largest of our programs and serves children diagnosed with autism/PDD, intellectual disabilities, speech and language impairments, multiple disabilities, and other special needs. The students are grouped in classes by age (within 36 months) and skill level to form the most conducive learning environment. For more information, please click on “Overview” and go to the “Programs” link or contact Daren Cerrone, School Age Program Coordinator, at 914-592-8526, ext. 2111 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Manhattan Annex - School Age (5-12 years) - Located at 156 William St., New York, N.Y. 10038 - The Annex serves children who are diagnosed with autism and the classes are grouped by age (within thirty-six months) and skill level to form the most conducive learning environment. Our class sizes include a ratio of six or eight children, one teacher, and two teaching assistants. Classes are conducted from 8:30 to 2:30 daily and Parent Education, Speech, OT and PT are available, in addition to physical education. For more information, please call 212-281-6531 or email Michelle Zrinzo, Program Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
For admissions questions, please contact Ann Marie Babcock, Director of Admissions, at 914-592-8526, ext. 3165, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Adult Services
Group Homes - Hawthorne Foundation owns and operates three group homes for adults with disabilities. These homes are located on beautiful properties throughout Westchester County and provide opportunities for adults to participate in their communities and maximize their self-determination skills. For more information, please click on "Overview" and go to the "Programs" link. You can lso contact Anna Chopra, Community Program Supervisor, at 914-494-8806, or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Day Habilitation - This program offers adult participants a structured environment in which they learn work readiness skills nd experience a range of community integration and life exploration activities. Hawthorne Foundation also provides Medicaid Service Coordination that assists adult participants and their families in coordinating all medical, educational, recreational, and vocational services. For more information, please click on "Overview" and go to the "Programs" link. You can also contact Renee Pili, Day Habilitation Community Program Coordinator, at 914-372-7173, or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  
    
 
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A Letter From Jack Shaw PDF Print E-mail
 Hi.

I trust everyone enjoyed a beneficial summer and has now settled comfortably into a new school year.   Here at Hawthorne we have stayed busy.  Our Day Habilitation for adult consumers has expanded, we are working to broaden our residential options, our parent education and weekend respite programs have grown, and this past year we even opened the swimming pool to Hawthorne families for a few days.  It is our intention to make better use of our pool and nine-plus Westchester acres in the years to come and hopefully make them available to our families and neighbors when the weather is nice.

The first step in fulfilling this dream is to address the state of our pool.  Our present pool was constructed during the `60’s.  It has seen a lot of wear and tear during the four decades it has been utilized by our kids.  It is, unfortunately, approaching the end of its useful life.  We have been notified that the pool is in need of some serious repairs to remain in compliance with the building code.  It is estimated these repairs will run into the tens of thousands of dollars.  Rather than spending the money on some patchwork repairs, the board is considering the construction of a new, larger pool.  We can envision a concrete poolhouse with changing areas and toilet facilities.  In our wildest dreams we see a portable bubble, in place during the winter so the pool can be used by our students and dismantled during the summer months so that the entire Hawthorne community can take advantage of the grounds. 

Naturally this takes money and expertise.  We have had some difficulty locating companies who build commercial pools.  We would like to find a few so that we can get a reasonable idea of cost and also receive some advice as to what items are absolutely essential, which ones can wait, and what ones we will have to make provisions for from the outset.  As an example, should the entire project prove too expensive for us to consider in one year, could we build the pool in phase one, the poolhouse in phase two, and perhaps add a bubble in phase three?  What items must be included in the initial construction so as to make phases two and three possible?  It will take a fair amount of planning to assure success.

It has occurred to us that our families and staff might be able to help in this endeavor.  We comprise almost five hundred families when one includes our students, staff, residents, and DayHab consumers.  Perhaps some of you know individuals or companies who do this type of work.  Maybe they even have a soft spot for the handicapped and would consider giving us an advantageous price.  If so, please contact the administration office and pass along any information you think would help.

It goes without saying that this project will prove expensive.  It will also have to done using fundraised dollars.  It is our hope that you will consider financially assisting us if you are able.  We envision a finished product that will be available to our families on weekends during the warm weather.  We see picnic baskets, lazy afternoons, and kids exhausting themselves in the pool.  We imagine parents relaxed in the knowledge that their neighbors are not only familiar with their children’s disabilities and related behaviors but in many cases know all of the kids’ names.  This is the Hawthorne community, a group where you and your family are always welcome.

I think it is a pretty nice picture, one that I believe is worth some sacrifice to attain.  I hope you agree.


Thanks,

Jack Shaw