River Friends Day Camp (ages 2 – 6)

Early Childhood Center

Early Childhood Center: Turning 2’s

River Friends Day Camp (ages 2 – 6)

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Early Childhood Center

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Early Childhood Center: Turning 2’s

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Children

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Youth, Teen, and Family Fitness & Recreation

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Fitness Center

Personal Training

Group Exercise

Youth, Teen, and Family Fitness

Special Event: Intro to Alexander Technique

Fitness Center

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Personal Training

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Group Exercise

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Youth, Teen, and Family Fitness

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Special Event: Intro to Alexander Technique

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Private Swim Lessons

Hammerheads Swim Team

Lap Swimming

PADI Open Water Scuba Diving (ages 10 & up)

Aquatics Exercise

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Private Swim Lessons

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Hammerheads Swim Team

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Lap Swimming

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Group Swim Lessons

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PADI Open Water Scuba Diving (ages 10 & up)

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Jewish Life

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Special Needs

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Renard Lecture Series

Renard Lecture Series

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Special Needs

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

COVID Statement

Special Needs Services is a mission-driven priority and the JCC’s commitment to serving this community is of high importance. The mental health impact COVID-19 has had on many individuals due to social isolation and lack of daily structure, particularly on the special needs community, is immense. We understand the dire need to reestablish our special needs services with a new service model and deliver programming within our capacity to our special needs community.

Amanda Gabel, LMSW

Director of Special Needs Services

(914) 366-7898 x1108

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Virtual & In-person Programs 2021 – 22

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UP on Sundays Program (Ages 7 – 25; participants are grouped by age)

Select Sundays, 11:00 – 2:00 pm; beginning October 10, through May 22, 2022


UP on Sundays is a social and life skills learning program geared towards children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum or with related supportive needs. It is organized according to age, enabling staff to focus on varying needs and help cultivate peer-to-peer relationships. Staff ratio is 3:1.

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.

Participants must bring their own lunch.

The cost of the full-year program is $699 (JCC Members)/$759 (JCC Guests). Contact [email protected] to register and for more information.

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Saturday Socials (Ages 14 to 25)

Program dates and times vary. This program begins on September 18 and runs through June 11

Saturday Socials is a social and life skills learning program geared towards teens and adults on the autism spectrum or with related supportive needs. Participants build friendships and experience new adventures through field trip experiences. Participants have a blast and revel in their sense of freedom.

Saturday Socials is organized according to age, enabling staff to focus on varying needs and help cultivate peer-to-peer relationships.

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; times, an additional fee per trip, and the meet-up spot for drop-off and pick-up.

The cost of the full-year program is $550 (JCC Members)/$605 (JCC Guests), with some possible additional expenses depending upon the activity. Contact [email protected] to register and for more information.

Virtual Social Circle (ages 12 to 25)

Dates: TBD, 1x per month Oct 2021 – May 2022

Tweens & Teens (ages 12 -17): 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Young Adults (ages 18 – 25): 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Virtual Social Circle is a monthly, Thursday night, virtual social and life skills program geared towards teens and young adults on the autism spectrum or with related developmental disabilities. We offer 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 while cultivating peer-to-peer relationships. Virtual activities include dinner with friends, games (jeopardy, scavenger hunts, trivia night, etc), movie night, karaoke, dance parties, and more!

Cost of th full-year program is $120 (JCC Members)/$133 (JCC Guests). Contact [email protected] to register and for more information.

 

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LIFT Internship Experience (Ages 18 to 25)

Summer 2022 Program: Dates & Times TBD

LIFT (Leadership, Internship, Friendship, Transition) Internship Experience is a full-day summer workplace learning program. It is an intensive program that combines high-quality social skills in the workplace curriculum with hands-on workplace experience. Interns will be provided with an enhanced internship experience either at the JCC or with a community partner.

This program, generously supported by The FAR Fund. Interview is required.

Please watch this video produced with the participants from the 2021 intern class!

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Important: all phones are down at the JCC. If you need to reach someone immediately, please email: [email protected] or find the person's email from our staff directory page https://www.shamesjcc.org/staff/.