Early Childhood




Special Needs • Adults

Funding for special needs programs is provided through generous grants from the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, Kids Club, UJA Federation, Hudson Valley DDSO and individual contributions.


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Join us for a 1:1 Programming Forum
Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM

Youth Lounge

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The Shames JCC is proud of and committed to maintaining its presence and enhancing its leadership in the special needs community.  Now is the time for us to focus on the social and recreational needs of a specific community that has been underserved– children, teens, and young adults requiring 1:1 support.  We seek your input, insights and suggestions as we work together to consider options.

Our 1:1 Programming Forum will include parents, caregivers, professionals, and funders, sharing their knowledge and ideas about 1:1 social and recreational programming in our area of Westchester County.  Sample discussion topics may include:

  • Extent to which and where 1:1 programs are currently available
  • Benefits and concerns related to programs that are self-contained as compared to inclusive
  • Critical success factors
  • Barriers to participation



Sunday in the Neighborhood

Ages 18-25
Sundays, October through May, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

October 7, 14, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9, 16, January 6, 13, 27, February 3, 24, March 3, 10, 24, April 7, 14, 28, May 5, 19
Members: $550; Non-Members: $600
Participants must bring their own lunch.

Sunday in the Neighborhood is a social and life skills program that is geared towards teens and adults on the autism spectrum and with related developmental disabilities. Through peer relationships, social justice experiences, community service and prevocational and life skills opportunities, each participant learns the necessary skill sets that encourage them to reach their most independent potentials.
Sunday in the Neighborhood is a 2:1 staffing ratio setting. Intakes and IEP/504 is required.



Ages 21 to 35
Times Vary

September 8, 15, October 6, November 10, December 1, 8
Members: $225; Non-Members: $250 plus additional fee per trip
To register, contact Tricia Gressel, Program Coordinator, at (845) 793-3363 or trishg57@aol.comIntakes and IEP/504 is required.

Social program where participants build friendships through field trip experiences such as Rye Playland, train trip to Cold Springs, Dobbs Ferry Fiesta and more.  TRIPS DO NOT DEPART FROM THE JCC. Prior to the program start date the Program Coordinator will send out an email to those registered with the official schedule and information regarding each trip; times, additional fee per trip and the meet up spot for drop-off and pick-up.

Amanda Gabel

Director of Special Needs Services

(914) 366-7898 x1108

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