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Hamaspik of Kings County’s Day Hab Gets into It

August 13, '15

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Quick! What does your summer look like?

If you said, “vacation!” or “family trip!” or “enjoying the sun!”, you’d be right.

But how about, “Learning how to interact with people around me!”?

That would be the case if you were a Direct Support Professional (DSP) at the Day Habilitation (Day Hab) program run by Hamaspik of Kings County—or, if you were Director of Day Services Yehuda Spangelet, who made that representation to the Gazette in an August phone conversation.

In addition to all its regular activities, the active Day Hab program has been taking full advantage of the balmy summer season to have its “boys” (and “girls”) get out and about into the community, making good use of the warm weather to frequent more stores, visit (and participate at) more neighborhood synagogues, and otherwise interact more with the big wide world around them.

You don’t get more habilitation than that.

Furthering that underlying and unspoken mission of integrating individuals with disabilities into the community as much as possible, by having them do the things that others do to the extent possible, is a summer-camp-themed activity that unfolded at Hamaspik of Kings County this mid-August: Color War!

Superficially little more than competitive fun and games, the innovation of Color War at Day Hab is that many summer camps in the community to which the individuals belong also stage Color War.  (Color War, for your information, is the entire staff/camper body halved into teams “Red” and “Blue” and then going head-to-head in up to three days of themed songs, races, games, plays, skits and other competitive activities.)

The ongoing activities further Hamaspik’s track record of proven performance, a record that was underscored at yet another successful government audit at the end of this past June.

In the meantime, though, the gentlemen who attend Day Hab can now come home and join their siblings in talking about Color War, too.