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 Walder, Director of Department For People With Disabilities 718.475.5250


Ages 6-12 • October-June

The Dr. and Mrs. Megna Kids Club for Special Kids is our after school program for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) This program provides children with the opportunity to socialize. with their peers, and engage in activities that allow for personal growth

The program is supervised by licensed NYC DOE teachers, and includes activities such as:

  • yoga
  • swimming
  • sports
  • music
  • and other exciting opportunities.

Marvin's Camp 2016

Funded through OPWDD Medicaid Waiver

Ages 13-21 • October-June

Our Teen after school program for young adults with disabilities  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.

The program is supervised by licensed NYC DOE teachers, and includes activities such as:

  • homework help
  • social skills exploration
  • fitness and athletics
  • recreational group classes

Super Special Sunday- Fee for Service $20/ session


Two Sundays each month, up to 3 dozen children disabilities come to the 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
  • 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 UJA-funded CLASSP internship program with our agency.

OPWDD Medicaid Waiver

Year Round

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.

For more information, please contact Jessica Walder, Director Department For People With Disabilities 718.475.5250

The Department For People With Disabilities committee which is comprised of professionals and family members of those with disabilities. The committees act as a resource for both individuals with mental and physical disability in assisting to develop policies, collaborative programs, community outreach, and referrals of individuals and professionals.

For more information, please contact Jessica Walder, Director Department For People With Disabilities 718.475.5250

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.

In collaboration with our Youth Department, children and young adults with disabilities will be given opportunities to engage with their peers in an inclusive environment on holidays when school is closed. They will provide students with opportunities to see their classmates, and meet new friends in activities at the JCC and outings in the community. For individuals that have Self Direction: The JCC offers many programs that can support your child’s needs in an inclusive environment while allowing you to utilize your budgets to plan programs and activities. Activites include but are not limited to: swimming, music, sports and personal training.
Contact Donna Berg at 718.475.5101 or

Marvin’s Camp

JCC of Staten Island Camp_LogoMarvin’s Camp is a unique recreational summer program customized for those ages 6 – 21 with diabilities as well as those who are non-ambulatory. After six weeks of dance classes, swimming, social skills and field trips, the children show off their skills in a dance performance for their families and relive the summer through a picture slide show. With a wide array of both social and developmental activities, children are engaged by professionally supported trained staff to create some of the best memories of their summer.

Staten Island Advance Readers Choice Award for Best Summer Camp

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Membership Services 718.475.5223 

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