Special Needs Center

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.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Ages: 3-13 years

We are currently working on our Winter/Spring 2018 curriculum. Please check back in the coming weeks for dates, descriptions and online registration!

SNAP 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 varying abilities is available. Contact the Fitness Welcome Desk for more information, 516-484-1545, ext. 139.
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VACATION PROGRAMS
Ages: 4+ years
No school, no problem! Spend your vacation swimming, cooking, playing sports, creating crafts and more.
> Tuesday, December 26 to Friday, December 29
> Monday, January 15
> Monday, February 19 to Friday, February 23 (Winter Break)
10:00am-4:00pm
$85 / members $75 per day

 

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

We are currently working on our Winter/Spring 2018 curriculum. Please check back in the coming weeks for dates, descriptions and online registration!

WINTER ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUE 

Ages: 18+ years
You’ve learned the skills… now it’s time to take your game to the next level! Join our Adult Basketball League this December and enjoy full court games that include: referees, a scoreboard and team jerseys for all participants.
12 sessions
Begins Monday, December 4
7-8pm
$200 / member $150
Register

SPIN TO WIN PING PONG CLUB 

Ages: 14+ years
Ping pong is ideal for all abilities from beginners to experts, and everyone in between! Practice your skills or join us for a quick pick up match. Ping pong improves hand-eye coordination, sharpens reflexes and enhances balance while offering a social outlet for you & your friends!
8 sessions
Begins Thursday, January 11
6-7pm
$60 / member $60
Register

VACATION PROGRAMS

Ages: 4+ years
Home from school with nothing to do? We’ve got the solution! Spend your vacation days swimming, playing sports, creating arts + crafts, cooking, and so much more!
Tuesday, December 26 to Friday, December 29 (Christmas Break)
Monday, January 15 (MLK Day)
Monday, February 19 to Friday, February 23 (Winter Break)
$85 / members $75 per day
Register

 

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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