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Renard Lecture Series

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Westchester Circles with the UJA

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Special Needs Support Groups & Special Events

About the Shames JCC Special Needs programming

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 for ALL programs. We offer an individual-to-staff ratio of 3:1.

Funding for the special needs programs is provided through generous grants from the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, UJA Federation, Department of Community Mental Health of Westchester County, the FAR Fund Foundation, and individual contributions

A message from the Director of Special Needs

Amanda Gabel, LMSW

Director of Special Needs Services

(914) 366-7898 x1108

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Family Picnic

Sunday, April 11; 11:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Cost: $10/family

The Shames JCC’s Special Needs Services Department invites you to spend time with friends outside on the Shames JCC’s spacious campus! Families bring their own food, beverage, and utensils, for a socially distanced picnic and will be seated at their own outdoor table. This event is open to the public and no intake is required. More details to come and stay tuned for more events like this!

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SPARC Healthy & Fit Program (ages 16 – 24*)

Sunday, April 11; 1:00 – 5:00 PM 

Respite: $60; Non-respite: $100. JCC members receive a 15% discount.

Join us and SPARC (Special Programs & Resource Connection) for a fun-filled active day! Participants will get to work out in the Fitness Center, learn new healthy recipes, play various sports activities, meet new people, and make new friends in a welcoming and supportive environment! SPARC offers recreational, arts, athletics, and wellness programs for members of the Westchester County special needs community, ages 5 through adulthood. These programs are facilitated by highly experienced and dedicated staff members who work closely with our participants to strengthen their social skills and improve their ability to engage with neighbors and friends.

To learn more about SPARC, please visit their website.

*Age range is approximate. Please reach out to SPARC with questions. 

To register, contact Kara Planamento at kara@sparcinc.org or 914.243.0583 x 1107. 

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Virtual Parents & Caregivers “Schmooze” (parent support group)

Monthly on Wednesday; 7:00 – 8:00 PM (12/16, 1/20, 2/24, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16)

Cost: FREE

While the love for our children is unwavering, raising a child with a disability offers a unique set of challenges. We understand the importance of parents and caregivers to have a network of people who can relate to them.  Join us and connect with other parents & caregivers while having a bit of fun and still practicing social distancing. Facilitated by Amanda Gabel, LMSW, and Shames JCC’s Director of Special Needs Services.

For more information please contact specialneeds@shamesjcc.org.

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Going Beyond the School Evaluation (Virtual Presentation)

Dr. Diane Slonim, Speech and Language Pathologist, P.h.D.  will explain how to obtain a comprehensive speech and language evaluation to identify—and advocate for—your child’s specific needs

Wednesday, January 13; 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM; Free

Schools do their best to detect speech/language issues. However, the district might not have all the resources to be able to perform all evaluations necessary to detect speech/language and reading issues. Please join us for this informative presentation to better understand which speech and language evaluations properly assess and identify speech and language and reading disorders. Dr. Diane Slonim, Speech and Language Pathologist, P.h.D. will explain how to make sure your child receives a comprehensive evaluation.

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Interested in registering? Questions?

Contact specialneeds@shamesjcc.org.