Center for Special Needs + Inclusive Recreational Programming

For more than 30 years, we have provided the community with vital Inclusive Recreational Programs and Services. Our approach is simple and straightforward: we connect people with people.

We work with every child, teen and adult with varying abilities to reach their fullest potential, both developmentally and interpersonally.

An individual assessment is required to determine an appropriate placement. All programs are open to the public.

Partial funding for provided by J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, North Shore Autism Circle, Sheldon A. Sinett B.A.S.I.C.S Fund and UJA-Federation of New York.

Staff

Our staff is comprised of experienced professionals in the fields of social work, special education, and psychology, who possess a combination of clinical and recreational skills. These highly-qualified individuals work with Long Island and Queens children, teens and adults with a variety of special needs, including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Resources

We provide families with access to a range of socialization, respite, and inclusion programs such as a summer day camp, a summer vocation program for teens and young adults, year-round social skills groups, and recreation programs. Screenings are required prior to registration for all programs.

Children's
Programs

We offer year-round social and recreational programs for children with special needs. All of our programs are facilitated by educators and social workers with low child-to-staff ratios. Programs are held at our East Hills campus with multiple gymnasiums, exercise studios, an indoor heated pool, auditorium, sensory classrooms, indoor playground, and spacious program lounges.

For more information and to register, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 
Ages: 3-13 years

{NEW} Friday Friends
Join us for an inclusive afternoon of fun, playing games with typical peer buddies. Snack provided. Transportation available from Roslyn schools.
12 sessions
Begins Friday, October 12
2:30-5pm
$300 / members $200

{NEW} Pint-Sized Performers
Find your inner artist though music, dance and theater! Professional teachers will instruct students on the basics of the performing arts, culminating in an end of semester recital.
14 sessions
Begins Saturday, October 13
12:30-1:30pm
$200/ members $150

{NEW} Super Soccer Stars
Learn the basics of soccer including dribbling, passing and scoring in a fun competition free team environment. Jersey provided.
14 Sessions
Begins Saturday, October 13
12:30-1:30pm
$200/members $150

Kehilla Kids Mini-Camp
Enjoy camp fun all year! Swimming, adaptive sports, cooking projects, arts and crafts, snack and more.
14 sessions
Begins: Saturday, October 13
2:30–5:30pm
$450 / members $350

Little Boosters!
A structured socialization program including adaptive sports, sensory integration, social skills activities, cooking and music.
12 sessions
Begins Sunday, October 14
1-5pm
$400 / members $300

Little Shooting Stars
Learn to dribble and shoot while working one on one with a typical peer buddy.
14 sessions
Begins Sunday, November 4
Sundays, 10:40-11:40am
$54 / members $36

NEW Early Explorers
Ages 8+
Enjoy monthly community trips to bowling, laser tag, movies, and more! Space is limited so register today!
8 sessions
Begins Sunday, November 4
11am-4pm
$500 / members $400

{NEW} Lunch Bunch
Hey Parents, don’t want to stick around between programs? Don’t worry! We’ll transition your child between classes and make sure they get a delicious lunch from the Gezunter Café.
Available Saturdays and Sundays
$60/$40 members


VACATION PROGRAMS
Ages: 4+ years
Home from school with nothing to do? Spend your vacation with us! Swimming, sports, art, cooking, and more.
Monday, October 8
Tuesday, November 6
Monday, November 12
Friday, November 23
Wednesday, December 26– Friday, December 28
Monday, January 21
Monday, February 18-Friday, February 22
10am-4pm
$85 / members $75 per day

Hot Lunch and Before/After Care available for an additional fee.

For more information and to register, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.


AFTER-SCHOOL RESPITE
Arts, Fitness, Cooking, Social and Vocational Activities! OPWDD funded programs require eligibility. Busing available from some districts.
Monday-Friday, 3:00-5:30pm

For more information and to register, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.


AQUATICS

Lil’ SNAPPERS Swim Team Spring Training
Ages: 6-12 years
Practice strokes, increase endurance and build self-esteem in a positive and supportive environment. New SNAP participants must complete 3 private lessons or a swim safety test to determine eligibility.
14 sessions
Begins Saturday, October 13
1:30-2:30pm
$450 / members $350

SNAP Aquatics Program
Learn to swim in a safe supportive environment! Experienced adaptive instructors and individual attention provide participants with the encouragement and support they need to succeed in the water.

Private half-hour lessons
$55 / members $35

10 half-hour lessons
$500 / members $300

For more information and to register, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.


FITNESS

Personal Training
Group and individual fitness training for children with varying abilities is available. Contact the Fitness Welcome Desk for more information, 516-484-1545, ext. 139.


 

Teen +
Adult Programs

We offer year-round social, recreational, and vocational programs for teens and young adults with special needs. All of our programs are facilitated by educators and social workers with low participant-to-staff ratios. Programs are held at our East Hills campus with multiple gymnasiums, exercise studios, an indoor heated pool, auditorium and spacious teen and adult lounges.

TEEN + ADULT PROGRAMS
Ages: 14+ years (unless otherwise noted)

STRIKE! Bowling League
Join your friends each month at Garden City Bowl. Games, shoes, and snacks provided.
8 sessions
Second Tuesday of the month
Begins Tuesday, October 9
7-9pm
$300 / members $200

Get Fit!
Increase coordination, balance, and movement while enjoying a variety of aerobic and strength training activities.
14 Sessions
Begins Saturday, October 13
5:30–6:30pm
$350 / members $250
Pay as you go: $30/session

Kehilla Young Adults
Design your own program catering to your interests! Enjoy three classes per semester by selecting one activity from A, B, and C:

  1. Recreational Swimming or Yoga
  2. International Cooking Club
  3. Cartooning or Trivia

14 sessions
Begins Saturday, October 13
2:30–5:30pm
$450 / members $350

Saturday Night Lounge
Socialize with friends and make new ones! Games, open gym, karaoke night, special events, dances, theme nights, movie night and more!
14 Sessions
Begins Saturday, October 13
6:45-8:45pm
$200/ members $100
Pay as you go: $15/session

SNAPPERS Swim Team Fall Training
Practice strokes, increase endurance and build self-esteem in a positive supportive environment.  New SNAP participants must complete 3 private lessons or a swim safety test to determine eligibility.
14 Sessions
Begins Saturday, October 13
1:30-2:30pm
$450/ members $350

Sunday RAVE Program
A recreation and socialization program designed for those with autism and other special needs at a moderate functioning level. Sports, music, art, sensory, cooking, social skills programming and more!
12 Sessions
Begins Sunday, October 14
1-5pm
$450 / members $350

Adult Cooking 101
Ages: 18+ years
Learn simple recipes and kitchen safety; enjoy cooking with friends and two trips to local restaurants.
12 sessions
Begins Monday, October 15
6:30-8:30pm
$150 / members $100

Personal Money Management
Ages: 18+ years
A practical series of workshops aimed at teaching personal finance.  Learn tips and tricks on how to budget your money wisely to meet your financial goals.
6 Sessions
Begins Tuesday, October 16
6-7pm
$80 / members $60

Spin to Win Ping Pong Club
Beginners, Experts and everyone in between are invited to join. Practice your skills or play a quick pick up match. Ping Pong improves hand-eye coordination, balance and reflexes all while being a fun game to play with your friends.
8 Sessions
Begins Wednesday, October 17
6-7pm
$60/ members $40

Page Turners Book Club
In partnership with Nassau Literacy, get immersed in a good book reading new best sellers and old time classics with friends.
Begins Wednesday, October 17
6-7pm

{NEW} Adult Cooking 102
Ages: 18+ years
Learn complex recipes and advanced food preparation skills; enjoy cooking with friends and monthly trips to local restaurants.
12 sessions
Begins Wednesday, October 17
7-9pm
$200 / members $150 

Thursday Night Social Club
Ages: 18+ years
New friends, theme nights, monthly community trips, group games and more! Trip fees included.
12 sessions
Begins Thursday, October 18
7-9pm
$450 / members $350

Voices United: Self Advocacy Series
Designed to educate and empower individuals with special needs to live life to their potential by exploring topics such as people first values, leadership skills, history of disability rights, government entitlements.
12 sessions
Begins Thursday, October 18
5:30-6:30pm

Adult Adventures
Ages: 18+ years
Enjoy monthly community trips to restaurants, ball games, theme parks, special events and more! Space is limited, register today!
8 sessions
Begins Sunday, October 28
11am-4pm
$500 / members $400

Big Shooting Stars
Special needs basketball clinic- Learn to dribble and shoot while working one on one with a typical peer buddy.
14 sessions
Begins Sunday, November 4
11:45am-12:45pm
$54 / members $36

{NEW} Paint and Sip!
Ages: 18+ years
Paint brush in one hand, smoothie in the other! Learn to paint like the masters in this fun, interactive class. Materials included.
8 sessions
First Tuesday of the month
Begins Tuesday, November 6
$250/ members $200
Pay as you go: $35/session

Teen Travelers
Ages: 14-17 years
Enjoy monthly community trips to bowling, laser tag, movies, and more! Space is limited, register today!
8 sessions
Begins Sunday, November 21
11am-4pm
$500 / members $400 

{NEW} Be W.E.L.L.
Ages: 16+ years
Women’s Education and Life Lessons. Join other young women for this 6 week series as we learn about healthy habits, self-care and esteem building. Facilitated by a certified wellness coach.
6 sessions
Begins Tuesday, December 4
6-7pm
$80/ members $60

Winter Adult Basketball League
Ages: 18+ years
Now that you’ve learned the skills, it’s time to take your game to the next level!
Full court games with professional coach.  Team jerseys are included.
12 Sessions
Begins Monday, January 7
7-8pm
$200 / members $150

For more information and to register, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.


POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS

Being an effective caregiver starts with caring for yourself. Families caring for individuals with special needs are invited to join us for this 10-session hands-on series to learn techniques for self-care and empowerment such as guided imagery, exercise, nutrition, yoga, and more.
Begins Wednesday, October 17
7-8:30pm
$80 / members $60

For more information and to register, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.


VACATION PROGRAMS
Ages: 4+ years
Home from school with nothing to do? Spend your vacation with us! Swimming, sports, art, cooking, and more.
Monday, October 8
Tuesday, November 6
Monday, November 12
Friday, November 23
Wednesday, December 26– Friday, December 28
Monday, January 21
Monday, February 18-Friday, February 22
10am-4pm
$85 / members $75 per day

Hot Lunch and Before/After Care available for an additional fee.

For more information and to register, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.


RESPITE PROGRAMS
Arts, Fitness, Cooking, Social and Vocational Activities! OPWDD funded programs require eligibility. Participants grouped by age.

After-School Respite
Begins Wednesday, September 5
Monday-Friday, 3-5:30pm

Saturday Night Respite Program
24 sessions
Begins Saturday, October 20
6-9pm

For more information and to register, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.


AQUATICS

SNAPPERS Swim Team Fall Training
Practice strokes, increase endurance and build self-esteem in a positive and supportive environment to prepare for the Spring Special Olympics. New SNAP participants must complete 3 private lessons or a swim safety test to determine eligibility.
14 sessions
Begins Saturday, October 13
1:30-2:30pm
$450 / members $350

SNAP Aquatics Program
Learn to swim in a safe supportive environment! Experienced adaptive instructors and individual attention provide participants with the encouragement and support they need to succeed in the water.

Private half-hour lessons
$55 / members $35

10 half-hour lessons
$500 / members $300

For more information and to register, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.


FITNESS

Personal Training
Group and individual fitness training for children with varying abilities is available. Contact the Fitness Welcome Desk for more information, 516-484-1545, ext. 139.

 

 

 

OPWDD
Programs

NYS OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES (OPWDD) PROGRAMS

These programs offer individuals the opportunity to participate in socialization and recreational activities and build daily life skills. OPWDD funded programs require eligibility.
Register

After-School Respite
Ages: 5 years–Adult
Monday–Friday, 3:15–5:15pm

Saturday Night Respite Program
Ages: 12 years–Adult
Saturdays, 6:00–9:00pm

Vocational
Training (VTEC)

Vocational Training and Employment Center (VTEC)

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In partnership with local businesses, our Vocational Training and Employment Center helps individuals on the autism spectrum or with other special needs make vital contributions to the American workforce through professional and personal development. VTEC provides hands-on job experience for young adults with special needs through internships and employment at local businesses. We foster strong community relationships, ensuring both parties get the support they need. VTEC benefits include:

  •    Vocational assessments
  •    Internship opportunities
  •    Job placement
  •    Ongoing support
  •    Relevant workshops
  •    Social opportunities

Partial funding for these programs is provided by:

  •   The Sheldon A. Sinett BASICS Fund of Sid Jacobson JCC
  •   Taft Foundation
  •   J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation
  •   UJA-Federation of New York

We would like to thank the following local businesses who have partnered with us to provide internships and jobs to our VTEC clients:

Camp
Kehilla



Looking for more information about our programs?

Contact the Special Needs Center, 516.484.1545 ext. 205, jengelhardt@sjjcc.org

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