Department For People With Disabilities

Department For People With Disabilities

The Department For People With Disabilities seeks to provide developmental opportunities for a wide spectrum of individuals with disabilities. Through recreation and other social activities. Our myriad of programs support individuals from ages 6 through early adulthood. Our staff’s mission is to provide opportunities for participants to improve social skills thereby enhancing their overall well being. Staff consist of professionals and college students working together to provide stimulating experiences for these children and young adults.

Jessica Mullins, Director of Department For People With Disabilities 718.475.5250 jmullins@sijcc.com

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How Do We Mix It Up?

The Department for People with Disabilities and First Foot Forward are excited to introduce How Do We Mix It Up? Each week, we will be offering children an opportunity to experience all that the JCC has to offer. This program serves as a bridge between the services offered by First Foot Forward and the Department for People with Disabili­ties. Staff will support children to engage in new activities, increase social skills, and have a great time!

Fees: $150 per 6 week session

Day of Week: Wednesdays


  • Week One: How Wet Can You Get?

Have fun splashing in the pool and engaging in water play activities!

  • Week Two: How Does This Work?

Children will enjoy working as scientists to figure out how things work!

  • Week Three: How Messy Can You Get?

Sorry Mom and Dad, we are getting messy! Children will participate in art activities that allow them to get a little messy while creating their works of art.

  • Week Four: How Fast Can You Go?

Join us in the gym for an afternoon of fun filled gross motor movements.

  • Week Five: How Nice Does That Sound?

Singing, dancing, instruments, music and movement makes it sound like the perfect afternoon.

  • Week Six: How Does This End?

After hearing a special story, children will complete an art project, song, and gross motor activity based on the sto­ry.

Getting Sporty

This introductory sports class exposes children to the skills, drills, and rules of popular sports. This class is perfect for beginner athletes who want to become more comfortable with sports. Children will gradually be challenged to increase engagement, work collaboratively, and follow multi-step directions. The class will also provide 10 minutes of free play at the end of the class which will be supervised by JCC staff. The free play period allows children to work on appropriate social skills while engaging in age appropriate activities.

Fees: $158.88 per 6-week series or 90 units per year

Day of Week: Tuesdays


Krafty Kids

No need for scissors in this art class! Bring your creativity to our Krafty Kids class which focuses on creating projects that are not paper-based. Projects will include clay, papier-mâché, fabric paints, and more! Children are encouraged to use their imaginations to create beautiful works of art, in conjunction with Wizards of Art. This class focuses on the processes involved in art.

Fees: $231.70 per 7-week series or 125 units per year

Day of Week: Sundays


After School Juniors Program

After School Juniors provides children with a traditional after school experience in a sup­ported environment specifically designed for children with disabilities. Children meet at the JCC for activities such as swimming, music, yoga, computers, cooking, social skills, games, sports, and arts & crafts. Staff help participants to foster relationships and build social skills. After School Juniors is offered from October-June.

Fees: Free of Charge

Day of Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm


Kidz Klub After School Inclusion Program

Kidz Klub is an after-school program for children in grades K-8. The JCC provides a safe and nurturing environment for children to grow academically, physically, and socially. Children participating in Kidz Klub enjoy homework assis­tance, enrichment classes, arts & crafts, science, sports, and games. Children with disabilities are included with their peers in all activities through the dedicated support of our staff.

Fees: Call for pricing information – Waiver and self-direction funding are accepted.

Day of Week: Monday-Friday

Time: 3:00pm-7:00pm

*Participants are supported in an 8:1 ratio.


 School’s Out Trips Inclusion Program

When school is out, the JCC is in! Join the JCC as we adventure into the community for days filled with fun and excite­ment throughout New York and New Jersey. Trips are open to children in grades K-8. Children with disabilities are included with their peers through the dedicated support of our staff.

Fees: Call for information about upcoming trips and fees.

*Participants are supported in an 8:1 ratio.


Super Special Sunday

If your child is looking for an opportunity to meet new friends and participate in a variety of activities, then look no further! Participants (ages 6-21) will enjoy activities such as computers, science, fitness, sports, art, cooking, and more. All activities aim to foster socialization, collaboration with peers, and most importantly, FUN!

Fees: $20 per session

Day of Week: Sundays

Chill & Chat

Join us for an evening focused on social skills, turn-taking, and frustration tolerance in our Chill & Chat program. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including board games, science experi­ments, discussion groups, and art projects. This is a perfect smorgasbord of activities which certainly has something for everyone!

Fees: $397.20 per 10-week session or 200 units per year

Day of Week: Wednesdays


Oh Come On and Be Dramatic!

People are always saying, “Don’t be dramatic!” However, at the JCC of Staten Island, we are flipping the tables and asking our teens and young adults to bring the drama! We invite all of our aspiring actors and actresses to join us for a series of classes filled with opportunities for self-expression, inventing new realities, and learning to go with the flow.

Fees: $357.48 per 9-week session or 130 units per year

Day of Week: Sundays


After School Teens Program

After School Teens provides children with a traditional after school experience in a supported environment specifi­cally designed for young adults with disabilities. Teens meet at the JCC for activities such as swimming, music, yoga, computers, cooking, social skills, games, sports, and arts & crafts. Teens take a monthly trip into the community to locations such as the library, bowling, movies, and dinner. Staff encourage participants to foster relationships and build social skills. After School Teens is offered from October-June.

Fees: 864 units annually

Day of Week: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm

*Participants are supported in a 5:1 ratio.


Super Special Sunday

If your child is looking for an opportunity to meet new friends and participate in a variety of activities, then look no further! Participants (ages 6-21) will enjoy activities such as computers, science, fitness, sports, art, cooking, and more. All activities aim to foster socialization, collaboration with peers, and most importantly, FUN!

Fees: $20 per session

Day of Week: Sundays


Teen & Young Adult Socials

There is no better way to meet new friends than by coming to the JCC for an afternoon of fun and socialization. We invite teens & young adults throughout the community to join us for some great music, food, and friendship. Each social will have a theme – so dress to impress! Socials will feature a DJ, themed activities, a themed photo booth, and more!

Fees: $30 per dance per person

Day of Week: Sundays

Marvin’s Camp

Marvin’s Camp provides an educational, creative, socially and emotionally safe environment for children and teens with disabilities (ages 6-21). The camp is committed to providing children with a positive and enriching day camp experience and to enhancing the camper’s activities of daily living.

Children swim twice per day (one instructional swim & one free swim) in our beautiful aquatic complex. Activities such as sports (soccer, baseball, archery, basketball, boating, volleyball), arts & crafts, theater, science, music, dance, and social skills provide campers with fun-filled days at the beautiful Henry Kaufman Campgrounds. Campers par­ticipate in themed days, special events, and weekly trips to popular destinations in the tri-state area!

Door to door transportation and hot lunch are available for an additional cost.

Visit our camp site at camp.sijcc.org/marvins-camp


Marvin’s On the Road Everyday (M.O.R.E.)

If your camper thinks the best part of camp is the trips, then Marvin’s On the Road Everyday (M.O.R.E.) is how your camper should spend his/her next summer. Campers (ages 15-21) are invited to pack their backpacks, grab their sunscreen, and hop on the bus to the coolest destinations in the tri-state area. Trips include beaches, amusement parks, museums, and other local attractions. The program will meet and dismiss from the Henry Kaufman Camp­grounds.

Door to door transportation available for an additional cost.

*Participants are supported in a 5:1 ratio.


Lillian Schwartz Day Camp Inclusion Program

Campers with disabilities in our K’tonton, Shalom, Chalutz, Maccabiah, and Teen Travel are able to receive additional support through our Inclusion Program. Through this program, campers with additional needs are provided in-group support through extra staffing, modifications to schedule and activities, and the support of our Camp Inclu­sion Specialist. Children fully participate with their peers in all camp activities, trips, and special events.

Door to door transportation and hot lunch are available for an additional cost.

Visit our camp site at camp.sijcc.org

Day Habilitation Program

Our Day Hab Program provides adults (21+) opportunities and support to achieve their goals. Activities focus on the development and improvement of social skills, life skills, and vocational skills. Through partnerships with organiza­tions such as Project Hospitality, Meals on Wheels, and Special Tees we are able to provide volunteer experiences to our participants. Additionally, due to the vast array of services provided at the JCC, other departments are always engaging our participants with filing, shredding, mailings, and special projects! Our participants also enjoy a variety of recreational activities at the JCC such as the use of our state of the art fitness center, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, basketball gyms, and music rooms. Our Day Hab participants are naturally included in our JCC Community when they eat lunch in our café, do crafts with our CLLD members, or enjoy all of the amenities the JCC has to offer! Participants visit locations such as the zoo, local sporting events, the library, and local restaurants in our community. Transportation is provided to/from the participant’s residence as well as all community locations.

Day of Week: Monday-Friday

Time: 9:30am-3:00pm


Ladies Night Out

Calling all ladies! We have designed a program for the fabulous females of the community to come together and have some much-needed girl time! A weekly schedule will be provided which highlights each week’s activities. One week you could find us whipping up a special treat while the next week you could find us learning how to do our hair and makeup. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time for girl talk, too!

Fees: $582.56 per 11 week session or 285 units per year

Day of Week: Tuesdays


Mondays Are For the Men

We are thrilled to host the marvelous men of the community on Monday evenings at the JCC of Staten Island. A week­ly schedule will be provided which highlights the week’s activities. Activities will include sports, games, discussions, health & wellness lessons, social & recreational activities, and activities of daily living. This is the perfect opportunity for guys to come together and enjoy some quality male bonding time.

Fees: $529.60 per 10-week session or 260 units per year

Day of Week: Mondays


Pack Your Passport

Grab your passport and pack your bag because we are off on an adventure around the world! Participants will learn about different flags, music, activities, animals, and holidays in different countries around the world. Each session will focus on a new country. This class encourages participants to work in groups, increase communication, and learn a fun fact (or two!).

Fees: $529.60 per 10-week session or 260 units per year

Day of Week: Thursdays


Adult Socials

There is no better way to meet new friends than by coming to the JCC for an evening of fun and socialization. We invite adults (21+) throughout the community to join us for some great music, food, and friendship. Each social will have a theme – so dress to impress! Socials will feature a DJ, themed activities, a themed photo booth, and more!

Fees: $30 per person per dance

Day of Week: Sundays

Self-Direction

Self-Direction is when an individual with a disability is able to choose the mix of supports and services that work best for him/her. Through Self-Direction the individual has the opportunity to select how and when services are provided as well as the staff and/or organizations which are best suited to provide them. Those who choose to use Self-Direction have responsibilities which include managing staff, meeting deadlines, managing a budget, and reviewing documentation.

The JCC of Staten Island is able to accept self-direction funding for all of the programs offered. We are able to generate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to bill your FI directly or provide receipts for services rendered so you are able to submit them to your FI.

Participants use their self-direction funding for activities such as membership, swim lessons, personal training, music lessons, and more!

Special Events

The Department For People With Disabilities also has year round programming including fun and exciting events for both the Special Needs community and the community at large.

Special Events include:

  • ReelAbilities (a film festival which brings awareness to the community about physical and mental disability)
  • Music for Autism (concerts for Individuals with disabilities, and their families )
  • Senator Lanza Special Education Fair (to support the needs of  Individuals with disabilities and their families) and much more.
  • Jessica Mullins Director, Department for People with Disabilities

Office: 718.475.5250 jmullins@sijcc.com

  • Craig Kennedy, Day Hab Coordinator, Department for People with Disabilities

Cell: 718.873.4437 Office: 718.475.5288 Ckennedy@sijcc.com

  • Delia Levy-Bianchino, RN Registered Nurse, Department for People with Disabilities

tel: 718.475.5291 Dlevybianchino@sijcc.com

  • General Contact Information Phone:

718.475.5103 fax: 718.475.5207 Email: pwd@sijcc.com

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