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
Register

KEHILLA KIDS MINI-CAMP
Enjoy camp fun all year! Swimming, adaptive sports, cooking projects, arts and crafts, snack and more.
14 sessions, ongoing
2:30-5:30pm
$425 / members $325

LITTLE BOOSTERS!
A structured socialization program including adaptive sports, sensory integration, social skills activities, cooking and music.
12 sessions, ongoing
12:00-4:00pm
$375 / members $275

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
10:40-11:40am
$54 / members $36

LIL’ SNAPPERS SWIM TEAM SPRING TRAINING
Ages: 6-12 years
Practice strokes, increase endurance and build self-esteem in a positive supportive environment while preparing for the Spring Special Olympics. New SNAP participants must complete 3 private lessons or a swim safety test to determine eligibility.
14 Sessions, ongoing
1:30-2:30pm
$450 / members $350


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.

FEATURED SPRING EVENTS
OVERNIGHT ADVENTURES: SPRING FESTIVAL + CAMP-IN
Ages: 15+ years
Enjoy an evening of pizza, music, dancing, games and a bagel breakfast! All Teen/YA Lounge participants are welcome to attend the Spring Festival until 10:00pm at the regular fee; separate permission form required for sleepover.
Saturday, June 3-Sunday, June 4
7:00pm-10:00am
$60 / members $40

TEEN PROGRAMS
Ages: 14+ years
Register

SNAPPERS SWIM TEAM SPRING TRAINING
Practice strokes, increase endurance and build self-esteem in a positive supportive environment while preparing for the Spring Special Olympics. New SNAP participants must complete 3 private lessons or a swim safety test to determine eligibility.
14 Sessions, ongoing
1:30-2:30pm
$450 / members $350

KEHILLA YA
Design your own program catering to your interests! Enjoy three classes per semester by selecting one activity from A, B, and C:
A. Recreational Swimming or Yoga
B. Cooking or Mad Science
C. Painting or Brain Games
14 sessions, ongoing
Saturdays, 2:30-5:30pm
$450 / members $350

GET FIT!
Increase coordination, balance, and movement while enjoying a variety of aerobic and strength training activities.
14 Sessions, ongoing
5:30-6:30pm
$375 / members $275
Pay as you go fee $30 per session

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, ongoing
Saturdays 6:45-8:45pm
Semester fee $200 / members $100
Pay as you go fee $15 per session

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, ongoing
1:00-5:00pm
$450 / members $350

TEEN TRAVELERS
Ages: 14-17 years
Enjoy monthly community trips to bowling, laser tag, movies, and more! Space is limited, register today!
8 sessions, ongoing
11:00am-4:00pm
$500 / members $400

BIG BOOST!
A structured socialization and life skills program based on the TEACCH method using visual supports and typical peer buddies, dinner Included. The BOOST Scholarship Fund is made possible in part by Alice Gross in memory of Abe Gross.
12 sessions, ongoing
5:00-7:00pm
$375 / members $275

BIG SHOOTING STARS
Special needs basketball clinic. Learn to dribble and shoot while working one on one with a typical peer buddy.
14 sessions, ongoing
11:45am-12:45pm
$54 / members $36


ADULT PROGRAMS
Ages: 18+ years
Register

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

WEDNESDAY ADULT COOKING CLUB
Learn new recipes; enjoy cooking with friends and monthly trips to local restaurants.
12 sessions, ongoing
7:00–9:00pm
$150 / members $100

THURSDAY YA SOCIAL CLUB
New friends, theme nights, monthly community trips, group games and more! Trip fees included.
12 sessions, ongoing
7:00–9:00pm
$400 / members $300

ADULT ADVENTURES
Enjoy monthly community trips to restaurants, ball games, theme parks, special events and more!
8 sessions, ongoing
11:00am-4:00pm
$500 / members $400

STRIKE! BOWLING LEAGUE
Join your friends each month at Garden City Bowl. Games, shoes, and snacks provided.
8 sessions, ongoing
First Tuesday of the month
7:00–9:00pm
$300 / members $200

YA FILM CLUB
Enjoy new releases, cult classics, pizza and lively discussion with friends!
8 sessions, ongoing
Third Tuesday of the Month
7:00–9:00pm
$300 / members $200


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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