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JACK NADEL SOCIAL SERVICES CENTER — CENTER FOR SPECIAL NEEDS + INCLUSIVE RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

For more than three decades we have worked with children, teens, and adults with varying abilities to help them reach their fullest potential, both developmentally and interpersonally, by offering year-round social, recreational, fitness, and vocational programs.

All of our programs are facilitated by educators and social workers with low participant-to-staff ratios. Our staff is comprised of experienced professionals who possess a combination of clinical and recreational skills in the fields of social work, special education, and psychology. These highly-qualified professionals 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). An individual assessment is required to determine appropriate placement.

CAMP KEHILLA  CHILDREN  OPWDD

RESOURCE CENTER  TEENS + ADULTS  VTEC

“Having Hannah attend Camp Kehilla was a truly life-changing experience. Although she is in a Special Ed program at our high school, they still aren’t able to cater to all of her needs. During most physical activities, Hannah is usually off to the sidelines. This year, when people ask how her summer was, she tells them it was amazing and how she was able to play soccer! It’s profound that one of her most joyous moments was just being able to play in a structured, safe, and encouraging environment. Hannah says she’s ready to go back to school because it’s a great way to pass time until she goes back to Camp Kehilla next year!” Rachel M.

Cynthia Harrypersaud

Administrative Assistant, Special Needs Department

(516) 484-1545 x205

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Staff

Amanda Burns, LMSW

Supervisor of OPWDD Programs + Services

Laura Carrano, LMSW

Supervisor of VTEC + Program Without Walls

Talia Colon

VTEC Job Coach