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Aquatic Exercise

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Swim Lessons

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Hammerheads Swim Team

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Lap Swimming

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Special Needs

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Meeting You at the J!

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

 

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

Director of Special Needs Services

(914) 366-7898 x1108

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Virtual & In-person Programs 2020 – 21

Virtual Social Skills

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. This program will be offered in four age groups: youth, ages 8 – 12 years; pre-teen, ages 12 – 14 years; teens, ages 15 – 17 years; and young Adults, ages 18 – 25 years. For more information, please reach out to Amanda Gabel at agabel@shamesjcc.org.

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Virtual Social Circle

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 Amanda Gabel at agabel@shamesjcc.org.

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Social Adventures

Ages: 8 – 25 years old

Participants build friendships and experience new adventures through field trip experiences. From activities such as Apple Picking to Mini Golf, Nature Walks, Picnics, and more, participants have a blast and revel in their sense of freedom. For more information and to register, please reach out to Amanda Gabel at agabel@shamesjcc.org.

Family Picnic for “Friendsgiving”

Sunday, November 15; 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Cost: $10/family

Come celebrate the holiday season at your home away from home! The Shames JCC’s Special Needs Services Department invites you to share in the joy of seasonal crafts and spending time with friends. Families must 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.

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Virtual Parents & Caregivers “Schmooze”

Date/Time: TBD (1x/month)

Cost: FREE

Connect with other parents & caregivers while having a bit of fun and still practicing social distancing.

We’re still in the planning phase but potential themes include: Paint Night, TEDx-type event (2-3 volunteer presenters get 15 or 20 minutes to present on a topic that’s important to them, and more!

Details and registration information to come soon.

Interested in registering? Questions? Contact Amanda Gabel, Director of Special Needs Services, at agabel@shamesjcc.org Tracey Wiener, Program Manager, at twiener@shamesjcc.org.