Special Needs Enrichment Programs

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Mission

To provide special needs enrichment programs that are appropriate for children, teens, and young adults with ADHD, speech/language delays, learning disabilities, autism, or other developmental disabilities. This is a nonsectarian program that provides scholarships and 1:1 assistance whenever possible. All programs support each person’s individual needs and are open to the general public.

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Approach

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A combination of teamwork, encouragement, compassion, respect, and presumption of ability enables the success of our special-needs enrichment programs. With small groups in a warm, nurturing atmosphere, your child will be guided to develop physical, pragmatic, communication, and social skills. We cultivate self-esteem, encourage creativity, and help kids develop friendships.

Our enrichment staff includes a team of dedicated leaders who often work in special-needs programs within local school districts during the weekdays. Some of our programs are partially made available through a family support services grant from NY OPWDD. Scholarships are available for those with financial hardship; these require income verification and are based on a sliding scale.

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Special Needs Enrichment Programs

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Circle of Friends

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This program provides a social group for individuals 20 and older who identify as having special needs.

Participants must live outside of a residential facility and be qualified with OPWDD.

Interested? Email Mara Roberge at [email protected].

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teen only

Saturday Night Social (SNS)

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A teen-only social experience running one Saturday night a month. Program typically includes a community dinner and an evening social activity or social action project.

Details

Ages 12–21, Saturdays
6:30–8:00 PM

Program Dates

September 24, October 29, November 19, and December 10 January 21, February 11, March 18, April 22, and May 20

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SibConnection

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A support workshop for children and adolescents coping with issues related to having a sibling with a developmental disability. Participants can share, explore feelings, and learn in a safe and supportive environment.

Details

Wednesdays, 4:30–5:30 PM
Ages 6–12

Program Dates

January 1, 18, and 25, February 1, 8, and 15, March 1, 8, 15, and 22, April 19 and 26, May 3, 10, and 17
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SibConnection

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A support workshop for teens coping with issues related to having a sibling with a developmental disability. Participants can share, explore feelings, and learn in a safe and supportive environment.

Details

Tuesdays, 4:00–5:00 PM
Ages 12–16

Program Dates

January 10, 17, 24, and 31, February 7, 14, and 28, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, April 11, 18, and 25, May 2 and 9

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Sunday Funday

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Offered for two sessions during the school year, plus a shorter summer six-week session, this all-inclusive drop-off, recreational, social-skills development program is carried out through art, music, gymnastics, active play, creative movement, and supported social play. Grouped primarily by age, participants receive individualized attention from group leaders, specialty instructors, and devoted teen volunteers.

Sunday/Funday is a community socialization program that is open to all youth, ages 3–21, regardless of disability status.

Details

Ages 3-21, Sundays
9:00 AM–12:00 PM
$120 per day

Ask about our complimentary trial class and see if our program is a good fit for your child.

Program Dates

January 8, 22, and 29, February 5 and 12, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, April 16, 23, and 30, May 7 and 21 July 9, 16, 23, and 30; August 6 and 13
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Tai Chi: Caregiver and Child Class

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Offered for two sessions and taught by a certified Tai Chi instructor, this program offers the unique opportunity for participation by both the participant and their parent/caregiver or sibling. Participants and their partners will be introduced to the basic tenets of Tai Chi, which is proven to improve balance, flexibility, and muscle strength; alleviate stress, anxiety, and symptoms of asthma; and increase one’s energy level.

Details

Ages 8-21, Sundays
12:00–12:45 PM

Limit of six participants.

Program Dates

January 8, 22, and 29, February 5 and 12, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, April 16, 23, and 30, May 7 and 21.

JCCMW Disclaimer

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We reserve the right to change or cancel classes, instructors, schedules, policies, and/or prices at any time.