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.
UP on Sundays Program (Ages 7 – 25; participants are grouped by age)
Fall semester: Sundays, 11:00–2:00 pm, Oct 16–Feb 5, 2023
Members: $500, Nonmembers: $600
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.register
Please note: Enrollment for new participants is dependent upon an intake process with a member from the Supportive Services Department. A member of our team will reach out to you to schedule an appointment upon registration.
Saturday Socials (Ages 14 to 25)
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.fall schedule of trips
Contact [email protected] for more information.
LIFT Internship Experience (Ages 18 to 25)
Summer 2023 information TBA. Stay tuned!
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.
An interview is required. Contact [email protected].
Please watch this video produced with the participants from the 2021 intern class!
Support Group (in collaboration with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan)
[VIRTUAL] SIBSPACE SUPPORT GROUP (adults)
Join other adult siblings of brothers and sisters who have been identified as having disabilities or challenges of all kinds, and who understand the experiences and stressors that often face families like yours. The combined expertise of the facilitators and the siblings’ personal experiences provide support, resources, and connections as we build our SibSpace community together.more information