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.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 
Ages: 3-13 years

Kehilla Summer Saturdays
All ages
Swimming, adaptive sports, cooking projects, arts & crafts, snack and more. Participants grouped by ages.
6 sessions
Begins Saturday, July 7
2-5pm
$250 / members $150
Register

Little Boosters!
A structural socialization program including adaptive sports, sensory integration, social skills, activities, cooking and music.
12 sessions
Started Sunday, January 28
12-4pm
$400 / members $300
**Call 516.484.1545 ext. 205 for pro-rated fees

Kehilla Kids Mini Camp
Enjoy camp all year! Swimming, adaptive sports, cooking projects, arts and crafts, snack and more.
14 sessions
Started Saturday, February 3
2:30-5:30pm
$450 / members $350
**Call 516.484.1545 ext. 205 for pro-rated fees

Little Shooting Stars
Special needs basketball clinic. Learn to dribble and shoot while working one-on-one with a typical peer buddy.
14 sessions
Ongoing
Sundays, 10:40-11:40am
$54 / members $36
For more information and to register, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.

Pint-Sized Performers
Find your inner artist through music, dance and theater! Professional teachers will instruct students on the basics of the performing arts culminating with an end of year recital.
14 sessions
Started Saturday, February 3
12-1:15pm
$200 / members $150
**Call 516.484.1545 ext. 205 for pro-rated fees


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
Started Saturday, February 3
1:30-2:30pm
$450 / members $350
**Call 516.484.1545 ext. 205 for pro-rated fees

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

NEW 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.
Ongoing
Mondays, 7-8pm
$200 / member $150

NEW 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
Ongoing
Thursdays, 6-7pm
$60 / member $40
Register

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 and more.
Ongoing
Wednesdays, 6-7pm
No fee
Register

NEW Page Turners Book Club
Get immersed in a good book reading new best-sellers and old time classics with a typical peer buddy. In partnership with Nassau Literacy.
Ongoing
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm
No Fee
For more information and to register, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.

Big Shooting Stars Basketball Clinic
Learn to dribble and shoot while working one-on-one with a typical peer buddy.
14 sessions
Ongoing
Sundays, 11:45am-12:45pm
$54 / members $36
Registe**Call 516.484.1545 ext. 205 for pro-rated fees

STRIKE! Bowling League
Join your friends each month at Garden City Bowl. Games, shoes and snacks provided.
8 sessions (2nd Tuesday of the month)
Ongoing
Tuesdays, 7-9pm
$300 / members $200
Register

Teen Travelers
Ages: 14-17 years
Enjoy monthly community trips to bowling, laser tag, movies and more! Space is limited.
8 sessions
Ongoing
Sundays, 11am-4pm
$500 / members $400
Register 

Adult Adventures
Ages: 18+ years
Enjoy monthly community trips to restaurants, ball games, theme parks, special events and more! Space is limited.
8 sessions
Ongoing
Sundays, 11am-4pm
$500 / members $400
Register

 


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

End of Year Luau and Camp-In
Ages: 14+ years
Don’t forget your hula skirts and Hawaiian shirts as we dance the night away! Pizza, music, limbo games and a bagel breakfast. All Teen/YA Lounge participants are welcome to attend the Luau until 10pm at the regular lounge fee.  A separate permission form is required for the sleepover.
Saturday, June 2-Sunday, June 3
7pm-10am
$60 / members $50


SUMMER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

YA Summer Social Club
Ages: 18+ years
New friends, theme nights, monthly community trips, group games and more! Trip fees included.
10 sessions
Begins Thursday, June 14
7-9pm
$350 / members $250
Register

Kehilla Summer Saturdays
All ages
Swimming, adaptive sports, cooking projects, arts & crafts, snack and more. Participants grouped by ages.
6 sessions
Begins Saturday, July 7
2-5pm
$250 / members $150
Register


AQUATICS

SNAPPERS Swim Team Spring 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
Started Saturday, February 3
1:30-2:30pm
$450 / members $350
**Call 516.484.1545 ext. 205 for pro-rated fees

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.

Get Fit!
Increase coordination, balance and movement while enjoying a variety of aerobic and strength training activities.
14 sessions
Begins Saturday, February 3
5:30-6:30pm
$350 / members $250
Register
Pay as you go: $30 per session
For more information on attending individual sessions, contact 516.484.1545 ext. 205.


 

 

 

 

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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