By Carlyle Harry
The Mission of My Time Inc. is to Support, Educate, Empower, Enlighten, and Uplift parents and guardians of children who are diagnosed with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities to live a quality of life that they deserve and look forward to.
The Organization is working to bring new prospectives to Parent Support with the categories of parents that it is working with.
My Time Inc. was launched in 2007, after observations of the frustrations that these categories of parents were enduring when seeking services for their child/ren with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities.
The observations were made by Executive Director/Co-Founder Lucina Clarke when she worked as an intergrant teacher and was assigned to serve with one of these parents.
Ms. Clarke noticed first hand the difficulties and frustrations that this parent endured as she negotiated with various Bureaucracies in efforts to obtain services for her child.
After that mother died, Lucina vowed to do something to help similarly affected parents, and that Vow resulted in the formation of My Time Inc.
The goals and objectives of MY TIME Inc.
are to help our members to navigate and negotiate with the Bureaucracies that they have to approach for services for themselves and their children. The objective of the organization is to provide direct and indirect services and assistance to its members and associates.
MY TIME inc. works in partnership with other Entities in order to pursue its goals and objectives.
MY TIME inc. is managed by Lucina Clarke Executive Director/Co-Founder, Wayne Clarke,
Director of Operations/Co-Founder, and Denise Jordan, Executive Assistant.
My TIME inc. gets funding from NYC Autism Initiative, Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), City CouncilMembers Alan Maisel, Jumaane Williams, Brooklyn Delegation (NYC Council), Senator Roxanne Persaud and Assemblymember Jaime Williams. It also hosts three principal fund-raising events, namely Breakfast with the Chefs (April), Parents Supporting Parents Walkathon (June), and amGala in December.
A Major project that is undertaken by MY TIME inc. is called “ Me Time” a social/recreational program that is hosted for parents every month. it involves taking a percentage of parents to activities such as bowling, movies, dinners, spas, galas, operas, broadway shows and other events.
The parents get to feel a sense of “self” and enjoy interacting with other parents and the broader community. Some of these parents told us “they haven’t been out in years.” For the future, MY TIME inc is aiming to establish a Resource Center/ Conference Room, a Music- Room (Sensory Room for those with autism), a Play Room (designed for kids on the spectrum), Child Care Services, and a Sibling Support Group.
MY TIME inc.’s office and program site are at 9603 Flatlands Ave Brooklyn NY 11236. It meets three times a week—Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am-3pm. Its telephone number is 917-933-9875.
The Organization has a Board of Directors, namely, Chairperson Marielle Schank, Treasurer Sharon Morrison, Member Gwendolyn Robinson, members Michelle Schank Molina, and Ivy Gonzalez Fledman PH.D BCBA-D.