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Special Needs

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

Our Mission:

The Shames JCC is a welcoming and supportive environment for people of all abilities and is dedicated to serving individuals with special needs across their life spans. We offer a wide range of inclusive and specialized programs for individuals with varying special needs and their families.

Intakes and IEP/504 are required.  Funding for the JCC’s special needs programs is provided through generous grants from the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, UJA Federation of New York, Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, the FAR Fund and Individual Contributions.

For more information, please contact Amanda Gabel, Director of Special Needs Services, at agabel@shamesjcc.org.

Inclusion and Specialized Programs for Teens and Adults Zemach

Ages 14 – 17 and Ages 18 – 25
Sundays, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
October 6 – May 31
No program on October 13, November 10, December 22, December 29, January 19, February 9, March 22, April 12, May 10, May 24
Members $635; Non-Members $690

Zemach is a recreational, drop-off, program geared towards children, teens and young adults on the autism spectrum or with related developmental disabilities. Younger participants engage in entertaining, engaging and intentional programming that encourages each participant to learn new skills, build self-confidence, enhance social skills and increase self-awareness and emotional expression. For older participants, we cultivate peer-to-peer relationships, create social justice experiences, and work on pre-vocational and life skills, where each participant practices the necessary skill sets that encourage them to reach their most independent potentials.

Zemach is organized according to age, enabling staff to focus on developmental needs and help cultivate peer-to-peer relationships.

Zemach Groups:

  • Mayim (Water): Ages 5-7
  • Adamah (Earth): Ages 8-13
  • Shemesh (Sun): Ages 14-17
  • Avir (Air): Ages 18-25

Zemach is a 2:1 staffing ratio setting. Intakes and IEP/504 is required. Participants must bring their own lunch. For more information, please contact Tracey Weiner, Program Manager, at twiener@shamesjcc.org.

Etz Chayim
Ages 14 to 25
Program dates and times vary.
Members $500; Non-Members $550 plus additional fee per trip

Etz Chayim is a social program for teens and adults on the autism spectrum or with related developmental disabilities. Participants build friendships and experience new adventures through field trip experiences. From riding the train to Cold Spring, NY, knocking down the pins at Bowlmor Lanes, playing games at Rye Playland, visiting the Bronx Zoo, and more, participants have a blast and revel in their sense of freedom.

TRIPS DO NOT DEPART FROM THE JCC. Prior to the program start date an email will be distributed to those registered with the official schedule and information regarding each trip; we will communicate specific times, additional fees per trip and the meet up spots for drop-off and pick-up.  Etz Chayim is organized according to age, enabling staff to focus on developmental needs and help cultivate peer-to-peer relationships.

Etz Chayim Groups:

  • Anaf (Branch): Ages 14 – 17
  • Ahleh (Leaf): Ages 18 – 25

Etz Chayim requires an intake evaluation and IEP/504 plan. For more information, please contact Tracey Weiner, Program Manager, at twiener@shamesjcc.org.

Prichah Internship Program

Ages 18 to 25
Overseen by Amanda Gabel, Director of Special Needs Services, Prichah is a paid summer internship and training program for young adults with special needs.  This program, generously supported by The FAR Fund, provides a structured, supportive experience for up to 4 interns.  Building upon the foundation of job-related skills practiced in our Zemach program, interns learn together and work alongside JCC staff across several of the agency’s departments.  Eligible participants must be enrolled in Zemach “Avir” when applying for Prichach.  For more information, please contact Amanda Gabel, Director of Special Needs Services, at agabel@shamesjcc.org.

Camp Twelve Trails Inclusion

Camp Twelve Trails’ Inclusion Program is geared for campers who are on the autism spectrum or have related developmental disabilities.  Camp Twelve Trails is an off-site camp for children entering grades K – 10.  Situated in the redesigned, expansive Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Pearl River, NY, Camp Twelve Trails engages kids and teens with every point of interest. Campers participate in activities that pique their interests and are encouraged to explore new ones. Deep friendships evolve as they engage with others who share similar interests, and campers begin to learn how to make positive and confident choices. Camp Twelve Trails offers a 5:1 staffing ratio and a 2:1 staffing ratio. Intakes and IEP/504 are required. For more information on Camp Twelve Trails please visit camptwelvetrails.org website.

Amanda Gabel

Director of Special Needs Services

(914) 366-7898 x1108

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