Respite Care for People with Developmental Disabilities

Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. At Aspire of WNY, we provide a number of programs to help connect care communities with respite care opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and/or unique needs.

Stay on this page to learn more about the different programs and experiences available.

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After-School Respite

Focusing on leisure and recreational activities, this program is available for children and young adults with disabilities, 5 to 21 years of age at Aspire of WNY’s Center for Learning. 

Activities include arts and crafts, baking, outdoor/indoor gross motor games, and free play.

There are regular opportunities for children under the age of 12 to be integrated into Aspire of WNY’s Children’s Discovery Corner day care. 

Program Hours: 2:30-6 p.m.

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Saturday Respite

This is a site-based social respite program for people with developmental disabilities that reside with their family or caregivers. Program locations include Cheektowaga, Dunkirk, and Jamestown. The program can accommodate ages 5 through adult and the participants are grouped accordingly.

Programming is offered two to three Saturdays per month, depending on location.

Participants engage in fun, flexible, and engaging activities for all abilities.

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Hourly Respite Care

Aspire of WNY’s hourly respite care program provides a family with time by having Aspire of WNY staff come to a home and give any individuals supervision and oversight. This allows the family time to run errands or whatever else they may need to do.

What is Respite Care?

Respite care is defined by the National Institutes of Health as “short-term relief for primary caregivers”. Aspire of WNY’s respite care services provide relief to the caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Respite care reduces overall family stress by providing in-home and out-of-home activities and recreation that are available at various hours of the day.