Our Special Needs Department seeks to provide developmental opportunities for a wide spectrum of individuals. Through recreation and other social activities our myriad of programs support individuals from ages 5 through early adulthood. Our expanding program serve the Special Needs population including other departments. We’re always seeking to offer exciting, innovative ways to engage and stimulate our members and the community in general. Our staff’s mission is to provide opportunities for participants to improve social skills thereby enhancing their overall well being.
Our Day Habilitation Program for Young Adults offers our participants an array of social, recreational and vocational activities in collaboration with local organizations and our home agency. With professionally supported direct care staff, we engage our participants in opportunities to be healthy, social, and active members of the community with a maximum degree of independence, ultimately aiming to establish the groundwork for optimal success in achieving their highest potential
as they transition into adulthood.
Contact Christina Tesoriero,
Day Habilitation Coordinator,
718.475.5288 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Support Groups and Special Need Resources
The Special Needs Department is in the process of formulating a support group for individuals, families and friends that live with developmental and physical disabilities. These support groups will have a clinical facilitator, art therapy, professional speakers (to bring up-to-date information, knowledge and experience) and much more. In addition, the Special Needs Department is in the process of formulating a monthly newsletter which will include up-to-date information in Special Needs for both developmental and physical disabilities.
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 before the stress of the school week starts again. Each hour is devoted to a specific activity: table talk, social skills, dance and creative play, and take home arts and crafts. Throughout our day, children are encouraged to participate to the best of their ability in the activities as well as engage with each other and our staff. Children enrolled in this program are supported by a licensed special education teacher, volunteers, as well as college and high school students enrolled in the UJAfunded CLASSP internship program with our agency.
Wednesday Music and
Teen Social Group
Every Wednesday at 6pm young adults and children with developmental disabilities interact with their peers in a variety of activities that increase self-esteem and enhance social skills. The Wednesday Music program begins with a share-out of personal events topics including school, family and relationships. Activities include music, drums, harp and a variety of other social activities
Kids Club for Teens
After School Program
Our Teen after school program for young adults with autism or other related disorders presents an opportunity to young adults to be healthy, social, and active members of the community with a maximum
degree of independence, ultimately aiming to establish the groundwork for optimal success in achieving their highest potential as they transition into adulthood. Licensed teachers provide academic supports in addition to facilitating beneficial activities including homework help, inclusion, social skills exploration, fitness and athletics, recreational group classes, monthly trips, and parent communication.
ReelAbilities Film Festival
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.