Our Special Needs Department seeks to provide developmental opportunities for a wide spectrum of individuals with exceptionalities. Through recreation and other social activities our myriad of programs support individuals from ages 5 through early adulthood. Our staff’s mission is to provide opportunities for participants to improve social skills thereby enhancing their overall well being.
Special Needs Programs
Kids Club for Special Kids
The Dr. and Mrs. Megna Kids Club for Special Kids after school program for children with high functioning autism presents an opportunity for children to socialize and complete nightly homework. Licensed teachers provide academic supports in addition to facilitating beneficial activities including yoga, swimming, basketball and other exciting opportunities.
IDB Bank Day Habilitation
Our day program serves young adults with developmental disabilities. Through occupational activities as well as time for socialization,we prepare our participants for lives rich with community service and lasting relationships.The young adults engage in vocational tasks both within the community and at our community center. This includes delivering their own Meals on Wheels route as well as watering plants at Staten Island’s Seamen’s Society. Individuals are picked up by our staff before 9:00 AM and dropped off after 3:00 PM. We provide services Monday through Friday.
Contact Christina Tesoriero,
Day Habilitation Coordinator,
718.475.5277 or email@example.com
Super Special Sundays
Two Sundays each month, up to 3 dozen children with a range of special needs come to our JCC for 3 hours of fun. Each hour is devoted to a specific activity: Social Skills,
Zumba and Arts and Crafts. Throughout our day, children are encouraged to engage with each other and our staff.
Music and Teen Social Group
Two Wednesdays each month, teens with developmental disabilities join their typical peers for a 90-minute social program. Each evening begins with a share-out of personal events since our last meeting. Each night ends with some pizza for dinner. In between,teens are welcome to use our teen lounge, gymnasium or fitness center.
This unique program allows children with disabilities to engage in social networking with their typical peers. With the support of JCC staff, children enrolled in Special Needs
Department program keep Blogs of their experiences each week. These Blogs provide their typical peers with insight into the world of a child with an exceptionality. Additionally, the program is supported with professional photographs of our children with special needs. This provides an added visual lens into their world.
ReelAbilities Film Festival
March 9 – 10
Each year, the JCC is proud to join other organizations in the metropolitan area in showcasing films depicting the unique triumphs and challenges experienced by individuals with special needs. We invite guests to attend viewings as well as participate in discussion following these extraordinary movies about extraordinary people. Click here for the 2013 schedule and trailers.
Disabilities Advisory Committee
Our agency seeks to collaboratively design programs for individuals with special needs. Our Disabilities Advisory Committee provides guidance around developing program goals as well as the steps necessary for accomplishing Special Needs Department objectives. Establishing program goals and mission statements are vital components of our programs success, and the committee ensures we have the best staff and optimal resources for achievement.