For Over 50 Years, The Association for Neurologically Impaired Brain Injured Children, ANIBIC, has been providing services to people with special needs.
If you have a child with autism, or know someone with Autism or another developmental disability, you know how difficult it is for them to express themselves and become socially adaptive.
ANIBIC, a 501c3 non-profit organization, led by Executive Director, John DeBiase, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and adults with special needs by providing opportunities to recognize their potential, utilize their strengths, and overcome their challenges.
“We encourage integration and inclusion in the community and are committed to a person-centered process as we work to serve consumers and their families,” said DeBiase, who has strong tied with the Bayside Business Association.
“We offer a broad range of services for children as young as five and throughout adulthood. We understand that people with special needs are people first and that their individual challenges are just part of what makes them special,” added DeBiase.
ANIBIC also serves as an advocate in the areas of education, vocational training, legislation and professional development.
When you join with ANIBIC, you become part of an extended family where people care for one another and provide assistance when necessary,” said ANIBIC Music Therapist, Mike DeGrottole.
ANIBIC has been running a very successful Music Therapy Program for adults.
“The program has helped our ANIBIC community expand their speech, learning, and expression through music,” added DeGrottole.
“Music brings people out of their shell,” said Debiase, when asked about the music therapy program.
“It challenges them to be more socially adapted, and it is unbelievable to see our ANIBIC Community interacting, singing, playing, and functioning in a natural way,” proclaimed DeBiase.
The adult music therapy program has been so successful, that ABNIBIC has plans to launch ‘ANIBIC – SONG’, a Music Therapy program designed to serve the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities.
ANIBIC - SONG will be a community based program, utilizing the skills of Music Therapists who are Board Certified and Licensed in Creative Arts Therapy (LCAT), the program is open to all families, siblings, and children with special needs looking for a therapeutic and rewarding social experience.
ANIBIC –SONG will provide group music therapy sessions for 6-8 children per group and their family members (parents/siblings) during each 45 minute session.
There will be 5 sessions run throughout the day serving a maximum of 40 families, with the potential for increased enrollment over a 3 year period.
The program will take place on Saturdays, at the ANIBIC Center in Bayside Queens between the hours of 9am and 3pm.
The program intends to serve children ages 0-12 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs.
The program will go for 32-36 weeks within the year, taking a break for the month of July/August, and closing on all major holidays.
There will be five group music therapy sessions offered throughout the day each lasting approximately 45 minutes.
There will be 6-8 families participating in each session for a maximum of 40 families served with potential for increased enrollment.
Each child and family unit will participate in an assessment process to determine levels of ability and appropriate group placement.
Sessions will be run by a Certified Music Therapist, MA and LCAT. The Music Therapist will receive clinical supervision from a Master’s level Music Therapist with 30 years of OPWDD experience.
Sessions will provide an interactive musical experience that is structured and organized for all members to work cohesively with each other on goals determined by the therapist and family.
The program will be changing the lives of countless developmentally disabled children, but they need the support of local residents and businesses to get off the program off the ground.
The ANIBIC - SONG Program needs $45,000 to fund year one of the program. Since ANIBIC is a 501c3, donations are tax deductible.
The Bayside Business Association has pledged a donation to the ANIBIC - SONG Program, and many more Queens businesses will be donating to ANIBIC at their annual golf outing on May 21st.
ANIBIC’s Office is located at 61-35 220th Street Oakland Gardens, NY 11364, and they can be reached via phone at 347 594 2124.