Please note: if you are new to our special needs programs, you may still register online, but your child cannot attend any program until he/she has been screened by a professional in the Special Needs Department.
For over 30 years, the JCC’s 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.
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). 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.
Partial funding for these programs is provided by:
- Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
- UJA Federation of New York
- J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation
- The Sheldon A. Sinett BASICS Fund of Sid Jacobson JCC
- Rita & Frank Castagna
- North Shore Autism Circle
Pamela Zimmer, Special Needs Program Coordinator & Camp Kehilla Director, ext. 148, firstname.lastname@example.org