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Renard Lecture Series

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Westchester Circles with the UJA

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Special Needs

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

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 2020 – 21

Virtual Social Skills

Youth, ages 8 – 12 years, Mondays 4:00 – 4:45 PM
Teens, ages 13 – 17 years, Sundays 10:45 – 11:45 AM
Young Adults, ages 18 – 25 years, Sundays 9:30 – 10:30 AM

In partnership with the Seaver Center for Autism, each group (youth, teens, and young adults) will target specific social communication skills. For instance, social skills in the workplace, maintaining a topic, recognizing verbal and non-verbal social cues, and problem-solving. For more information, please reach out to specialneeds@shamesjcc.org.

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Virtual Social Circle

Youth, ages 8 – 12 years, Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00
Teens, ages 13– 17 years, Thursday 6:15 – 7:15 PM
Young Adults, ages 18 – 25 years, Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Weekly virtual social and life skills program geared towards youth, 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 fun planned throughout the year! For more information and to register, please reach out to specialneeds@shamesjcc.org.

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Social Adventures Ages: 13 – 25 years old*

Select Sundays in spring; beginning March 14**

Participants build friendships and experience new adventures through field trip experiences. From activities such as trips to the Bronx Zoo, mini golf, nature walks and visits to nature preserves, picnics, and more! Participants have a blast and revel in their sense of freedom. For more information and to register, please reach out to specialneeds@shamesjcc.org. Please note that transportation to and from events are not provided by the JCC.

*Participants are divided into two age groups: teens, ages 13-17 years and young adults, ages 18-25 years.

**Times Vary. Please contact specialneeds@shamesjcc.org for Social Adventures Events Calendar for details. 

 

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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Sunday Social Kids Club (ages 8 – 12)

Select Sundays in the spring, beginning March 14; 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Kids will have a blast on Sundays getting together at the Shames JCC for some outdoor fun such as sports, STEAM activities, games, a group lunch, and other activities. Activities will focus on developing kids’ social and gross motor skills in ways that are age-appropriate and entertaining.

For more information please contact specialneeds@shamesjcc.org.

LIFT Program, Summer Internship Experience (Ages 18 – 25)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; July 6 – August 19

Going into our second summer, LIFT (Leadership, Internship, Friendship, Transition) has expanded to a full-day summer internship training and habilitative program geared towards young adults with supportive needs. This program, generously supported by The FAR Fund, will provide a two-part structured day and supportive experience for up to 8 participants. Building upon the foundation of job-related skills, interns will learn together and be provided with an enriched internship experience either at the JCC or with a community partner. To deepen the learning, and practice the necessary skill sets that encourage reaching their most independent potentials, LIFT will offer daily living skills learning component through programmatic opportunities; such as gardening, cooking, community service, learning money management, etc. Interview is required.

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Interested in registering? Questions? Contact specialneeds@shamesjcc.org.