Special Needs Center

For more than 30 years, our Special Needs Center has provided the community with services for those with special needs. Our approach is the person-centered model. We work with every child, teen and adult with special needs to reach their fullest potential, both developmentally and interpersonally. An individual assessment is required to determine an appropriate placement.

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.

High Hoops Basketball Clinic

We are excited to announce our first-ever High Hoops Special Needs Basketball Clinic!

Saturday, March 11
4:00-5:30pm

Sponsored by Katz Wealth Management 

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.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Ages: 3-13 years

KEHILLA SUMMER SATURDAYS
Continue the camp fun on Saturdays with swimming, sports, art, music, cooking and more! Participants grouped by age.
6 sessions
Begins Saturday, July 8
2:00–5:00pm
$250/ members $150
Register

KEHILLA GAP CAMP
Want more camp fun? Join us for another week of Camp Kehilla at Sid Jacobson JCC with sports, music, art, cooking, swimming, playground time and group social games! Snack provided; lunch and before and after care available for an additional fee.
Monday, August 21-Friday, August 25
9:00am-3:30pm
$500 / members $400
Register


SPECIAL NEEDS AQUATICS PROGRAM (SNAP)
Learn to swim in a safe supportive environment! The SNAP program is geared towards high functioning children with special needs. Experienced adaptive instructors and individual attention provide participants with the encouragement and support they need to succeed in the water.

Private Lessons (1 swimmer half hour)
$55 / members $35

10 sessions (1 swimmer half hour)
$500 / members $300


PERSONAL TRAINING
Group and individual fitness training for children with special needs is available, contact Audrey Kurland for more information, 516-484-1545, ext. 109, akurland@sjjcc.org

Teen + Young
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 PROGRAMS
Ages: 14+ years

KEHILLA SUMMER SATURDAYS
Continue the camp fun on Saturdays with swimming, sports, art, music, cooking and more! Participants grouped by age.
6 sessions
Begins Saturday, July 8
2:00–5:00pm
$250/ members $150
Register

KEHILLA GAP CAMP
Want more camp fun? Join us for another week of Camp Kehilla at Sid Jacobson JCC with sports, music, art, cooking, swimming, playground time and group social games! Snack provided; lunch and before and after care available for an additional fee. Limited OPWDD spots available.
Monday, August 21-Friday, August 25
9:00am-3:30pm
$500 / members $400
Register

ADULT PROGRAMS

Ages: 18+ years

INFINITE POSSIBILITIES: 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 and how to develop your own self-advocacy group.
8 sessions, ongoing
6:00-7:00pm
$120 / members $60

YA SUMMER SOCIAL CLUB
Have fun with new friends, theme nights, two community trips, group games and more!
Trip fees included.
6 sessions
Begins Thursday, June 15
7:00-9:00pm
$200 / members $150
Register

KEHILLA SUMMER SATURDAYS
Continue the camp fun on Saturdays with swimming, sports, art, music, cooking and more! Participants grouped by age.
6 sessions
Begins Saturday, July 8
2:00–5:00pm
$250/ members $150
Register

KEHILLA GAP CAMP
Want more camp fun? Join us for another week of Camp Kehilla at Sid Jacobson JCC with sports, music, art, cooking, swimming, playground time and group social games! Snack provided; lunch and before and after care available for an additional fee. Limited OPWDD spots available.
Monday, August 21-Friday, August 25
9:00am-3:30pm
$500 / members $400
Register


PERSONAL TRAINING
Group and individual fitness training for children with special needs is available, contact Audrey Kurland for more information, 516-484-1545, ext. 109, akurland@sjjcc.org

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.

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?

Pamela Zimmer, MS Ed., Director of Camp Kehilla + Special Needs Programs, 516-484-1545 ext. 148, pzimmer@sjjcc.org

Marissa Caira, B.A. Ed., Assistant Director of Camp Kehilla + Special Needs Program, 516-484-1545 ext. 127, mcaira@sjjcc.org

Stacy Denison, Director of OPWDD Programs, 516-484-1545 ext. 178, sdenison@sjjcc.org

 

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