Upcoming Events from WIHD
Upcoming Seminars and Webinars From
Parent to Parent of NYS Hudson Valley Region
Westchester Institute for Human Development
Here is a list of upcoming events and interesting information. Hope all of you have a good week ahead.
1. Christina Marsack, a doctoral candidate at Wayne State University is conducting a study for parents of adult children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please see the link for more information and the survey - https://waynestatebusiness.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4HIrRpU0RKCuh01. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please e-mail Christina at AL9887@wayne.edu
2. The Westchester Institute for Human Development has a new website: www.wihd.org
3. Here is a list of upcoming statewide webinars from Parent to Parent of NYS:
a. WEBINAR- A Guide for Families to Understanding Supports & Services Administered by OPWDD June 2, 2015 Start Time: 1:00PM | End Time: 2:00PM Contact: Tanja Peters Phone: (716) 517-3448 Please register for A Guide for Families to Understanding Supports & Services Administered by OPWDD on Jun 2, 2015 1:00 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8988893851173036289 Please join Parent to Parent of NYS, Mary Jo Hebert, Regional Coordinator/ MSC Parent Trainer, as she presents on A Guide for Families to Understanding Supports & Services Administered by OPWDD. The purpose of this training is to introduce families to the language of service delivery systems and to define and clarify information about services and supports. Participants will gain an increased awareness and understanding of eligibility criteria and the eligibility determination process. The training includes an overview of Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC), Home and Community Based Services Waiver, and Family Support Services. Please be advised that only the first 100 participants who log on will be able to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
b. WEBINAR- A Guide for Families to Understanding Supports & Services Administered by OPWDD June 4, 2015 Start Time: 6:30PM | End Time: 7:30PM Contact: Tina Beauparlant Phone: (518) 381-4350 Please register for A Guide for Families to Understanding Supports & Services Administered by OPWDD on Jun 4, 2015 6:30 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1025979954339894530 Please join Parent to Parent of NYS, Mary Jo Hebert, Regional Coordinator/ MSC Parent Trainer, as she presents on A Guide for Families to Understanding Supports & Services Administered by OPWDD. The purpose of this training is to introduce families to the language of service delivery systems and to define and clarify information about services and supports. Participants will gain an increased awareness and understanding of eligibility criteria and the eligibility determination process. The training includes an overview of Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC), Home and Community Based Services Waiver, and Family Support Services. Please be advised that only the first 100 participants who log on will be able to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
c. WEBINAR- Housing Options for People with Disabilities in NYS June 9, 2015 Start Time: 6:00PM | End Time: 7:00PM Contact: Tina Beauparlant Phone: (518) 381-4350 Please register for Housing Options for People with Disabilities in NYS on Jun 9, 2015 6:00 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7500061648523344385 Please join Parent to Parent of NYS, Tanja Peters/ Housing Coordinator as she presents a webinar on Housing Options for people with Disabilities in NYS. This webinar is designed to give individuals with disabilities and their families a general understanding of what types of housing options are available in NYS and it will explain the differences between certified housing options and non-certified housing options. Ways to purchase a home are also discussed. Please be advised that only the first 100 participants who log on will be able to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
d. WEBINAR- Statewide Support Parent Training June 10, 2015 Start Time: 5:30PM | End Time: 7:00PM Contact: Tanja Peters Phone: (716) 517-3448 Please register for Statewide Support Parent Training on Jun 10, 2015 5:30 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7360633678516632833 Please join Sharon Marrella and Barb Hoffman: Parent to Parent of NYS is offering a Statewide Support Parent Training available by webinar. Now is the time to join us and share your story with another parent who might benefit from your experience and support. You can participate from your computer at home. Participants in this training will be parents and family caregivers who want to become Support Parents. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. **PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED FLYER FOR MORE INFORMATION. e. WEBINAR- Healthy Transitions June 11, 2015 Start Time: 6:30PM | End Time: 7:30PM Contact: Tina Beauparlant Phone: (518) 381-4350 Please register for Healthy Transitions on Jun 11, 2015 6:30 PM EDT at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/995736787506594562 Please join Lara Turney, Regional Coordinator, as she presents a webinar on the Health Transition. As our youth with ID/DD or special healthcare needs transition from pediatric to adult health care systems, self-advocates and parents alike need to understand the importance of transitioning their healthcare effectively. While many people engage in transition planning for their education to adult systems, sadly healthcare, isn’t often included in those plans. And yet, good health is the most fundamental and foundational aspect of any personssuccess. In this webinar you will learn what the research says, what issue to consider, the importance of transitioning healthcare and some effective means to begin a plan to transition for yourself or for your child. Our focus is being a good parent partner with your health professionals and using some tools to begin the conversations and plan for and insure success. Please join us and get ready for a future of healthy success! Please be advised that only the first 100 participants who log on will be able to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Aparna Tantri Regional Coordinator
Parent to Parent of NYS Hudson Valley Region
Westchester Institute for Human Development
Cedarwood Hall, Room A106 Valhalla, NY 10595
Office: (914) 493-2635 or (800) 305-8816 Fax: (914) 493-8118 email@example.com www.parenttoparentnys.org
Getting the Bigger Picture: Understanding Your Child’s Strengths and Weaknesses; A Parent Discussion Dr. Fern Leventhal, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology, Columbia University and Private Practice Neuropsychologist, will discuss the issues surrounding neuropsychological assessment: when assessment is recommended, the types of measures typically used, and how parents can make sense of scores and test interpretation. February 10, 2015 beginning at 7pm at Hillside Elementary School Parent Organization InFree Programs for
Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Funded in part by The Office of People with Developmental Disabilities
Parents and their preschool through elementary school children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and siblings are welcome to Parents Place Family Days.
Your kids can meet other children, sing, participate in yoga, arts and crafts and have gluten-free refreshments.
Monthly Support Group
These groups provide opportunities for sharing information, resources, and decreasing feelings isolation by meeting with others “in the same boat;” and developing strategies to cope with their children’s behavioral challenges.
Individuals and Couples can receive one to six “ goal-oriented” counseling sessions relating to the unique challenges and issues relating to their child’s special needs.
Groups are facilitated by Kathi Campbell, LMSW
Groups are drop-ins, but RSVP is encouraged, as it helps us plan.
2 pm to 4 pm
June 14, 2015
June 28, 2015
July 12, 2015
July 26, 2015
Parent Morning Groups
10am to 11:30am
June 17, 2015
July 15, 2015
2 Central Avenue
Tarrytown, New York 10591
For more information, please call or email Kathi Campbell at: 914 631-2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The New York State Special Education Task Force (NYSETF), operated through Disability Rights New York (DRNY) and the Protection and Advocacy agency of New York State, has formed a regional affiliate for the Lower Hudson Region! The Executive Committee for the Lower Hudson Region was just appointed and consists of leading attorneys, advocates, and practitioners in the Lower Hudson Region. With the support of the State Task Force, the Lower Hudson Special Education Task force serves several important purposes: -Providing a forum where all parents, advocates, attorneys, school personnel, service providers and individuals with disabilities can discuss issues, policies, proposed changes to law and regulations impacting students with disabilities; -Purposefully choosing and conducting all activities in a manner which promotes participation and collaboration of stakeholders and interested persons in the region; -Promoting and encouraging networking, discussion and initiatives among stakeholders and interested persons in the region; -Identifying issues impacting students with disabilities and promoting awareness of such issues among all stakeholders in the region; and -Sharing information about issues, trends, gaps, and initiatives related to students with disabilities with the State Task Force. To get on the email list, see the list of the Executive Committee appointees, and find out about the kick off event for the Lower Hudson Special Education Task Force at WIHD, please visit https://www.nyspecialedtaskforce.org/lower-hudson-special-education-task-force.html
Westchester Institute for Human DevelopmentBenefits Navigation and SupportHow do I apply for benefits?Does applying for benefits or to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilitiesseems overwhelming?Who should apply? Where do I start?What information will I need?There is no charge for this service.Please check our website for moreinformationwww.wihd.orgPlease contact Nicki Turano, LCSW for more email@example.com or 914-493-3953Feel free to forward this flyer to anyone you think may be interested.Did you know that at the age of 18 everyone becomes an emancipated adult? Do you have questions about guardian-ship? Who should have a guardian?How do you obtain guardianshi
2014-2015 Professional Development and Parent Seminars - Center for Autism and Related Disabilities The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities is a university-affiliated resource center that brings research and practice together in community settings. CARD Albany provides evidence-based training and support to families and professionals and, through ongoing research, contributes knowledge to the field of autism spectrum disorders. CARD Albany is now accepting registration for the 2014-2015 Professional Development and Parent Seminars (PDPS). The goal of the PDPS is to provide participants with an understanding of essential components of educational programs to better prepare them to develop effective interventions for students with autism spectrum disorders. Participants will become familiar with identifying and integrating evidence-based strategies to meet the needs of individual students with ASDs, as well as the needs of their families and the professionals with whom they are associated. Seminars are offered at NO COST to participants living in New York State through a grant from the New York State Education Department. For more information about this program, please visit the following link: http://www.albany.edu/autism/pdps.php Flyer: http://www.albany.edu/autism/files/PDPS_flyer_revised.pdf Online registration: http://www.albany.edu/pdps/form.php For questions about the program, please contact Erica Davis, Training Program Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or 518-442-5414 New York State Education Department P-12: Office of Special Education 89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB Albany, NY 12234Autism Center Strengthening Lives. Shaping Futures.Educational Advocacy ProgramThe WJCS Autism Center is now offering special education advocacy services forfamilies in Westchester. We provide initial consultation as well as classroomobservations and representation at CSE meetings.We help parents:√ Navigate the special education system√ Identify and understand their child’s needs√ Feel more empowered in the IEP processWJCS Headquarters, 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603914.761.0600 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wjcs.comFor more information on this program and other services orto schedule a consultation, please contact:Lee Englander, MAWJCS Autism Center Program Coordinator914-761-0600 email@example.comWestchester Institute for Human Development Housing Resource Guide In 2012 Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) was awarded a grant by the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Applied Research program to create a Resource Guide for families seeking housing for their adult sons and daughters with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ASD/I-DD) in Westchester County, New York. We have focused on the "bricks and mortar" aspects of housing in Westchester, an economically and socially diverse county immediately north of New York City. Future editions of the guide will address the challenges associated with the provision of services, and issues elsewhere in New York State. Creating sustainable housing options can be daunting, we do not have all of the answers, and we welcome questions and comments and any other feedback. The Housing Resource Guide can be found by clicking here! WJCS Autism Center After-School & Weekend Programs Autism Center 2014-2015 If you're interested in any of the Autism Center programs or would like to gain more resources, please contact Lee Englander, M.A., Program Coordinator, Autism Center at firstname.lastname@example.org (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 or Maria-Elena Fox, Program Assistant, Autism Center at email@example.com (914) 761-0600 ext. 230. *This list is not an endorsement of any services or programs, but rather a resource for families and professionals to learn of upcoming events that have been made known to us.* PLEASE CHECK WITH PROVIDERS FOR START DATES, SCHEDULE CHANGES, AND CANCELLATIONS. WJCS PROGRAMS ARE INDICATED* WJCS After-School & Weekend Programs *Educational Advocacy Agency: WJCS Location: Age Range: Description: Affordable consultation and educational advocacy services for families with children with special needs Contact: Lee Englander, special needs advocate: (914) 761-0600 x228 or firstname.lastname@example.org *FAD - Family Advocacy (social skills/recreational) Agency: WJCS Autism Center Location: 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY Age Range: 8th - 12th gradesDescription: FAMILY ADVOCACY (FAD) is a social, recreational, skills-based group for adolescents on the autism spectrum and their families. Meeting twice-monthly on Thursday evenings in a club-like format, participants engage in experiential activities planned to enhance social, recreational and independent living skills. Monthly professionally-guided parent groups offer education, preparation for transition into the adult world, formal and informal supports, networking and problem-solving opportunities. Contact: For more information, please contact Kari Phillips, Assistant Program Director, at (914) 949-6761 ext. 477 *Grandparent Support Group Agency: WJCS Autism Center Location: 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY Age Range: For grandparents of children with Autism Description: Monthly meetings are held to share experiences, provide mutual support, discuss resources and strategies concerning a variety of topics including behavior, family dynamic, recreation, and services. Contact: For more information, please contact Lee Englander, Program Coordinator, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 or email email@example.com *Healthy Relationships and Sexuality Group Agency: WJCS Location: 141 North Central Avenue Hartsdale, NY Age Range: teens and young adults Description: HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AND SEXUALITY GROUP is a 10 week workshop for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities including autism. Groups are designed to help individuals understand their maturing bodies, safe expression of their feelings as sexual beings and reduce vulnerability and potential for exploitation. Several groups are being formed for the Fall 2013. Contact: For more information, please contact Kari Phillips, Assistant Program Director, at (914) 949-6761 ext. 477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org *Moving Forward (social/ recreational) Agency: WJCS Location: 141 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY Age Range: 21+ Description: An informal social and recreational group for adults with developmental disabilities that meets weekly. Contact: For more information, please contact Kari Phillips, Assistant Program Director, at (914) 949-6761 ext. 477 or email email@example.comParent Management Training (PMT) Agency: WJCS Location: locations vary Age Range: For parents of children on the autistic spectrum Description: PMT is a 12 session evidence based parent behavior management training group. Parents will learn new ways to understand their child's behavior and will practice skills and techniques for effectively handling problem behaviors. Contact: For more information, please call Norma Litman, LCSW, at (914) 949-6761 ext. 408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org *Project Lifesaver Agency: WJCS Autism Center Location: 845 North Broadway White Plains, NY Age Range: Children - Adults whom have a history of wandering Description: Project Lifesaver is a wristband transmitter program for children and adults diagnosed with ASD and other developmental disabilities who wander. Contact: For more information, contact Lee Englander, Program Coordinator, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 email@example.com or Maria-Elena Fox, Program Assistant, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 230 firstname.lastname@example.org *SHELANU Agency: WJCS Location: White Plains Age Range: Young Adults/Adults Description: Shelanu creates a home away from home using spaces in White Plains and Tarrytown to create a community in which members will have a physical and emotional space grounded in Jewish values and practices where they can come together to share, learn and grow, both socially and professionally. It is anticipated that developing lasting friendships, having a place to go with friends, sharing experiences, participating in activities together will enable young adults on the autism spectrum to increase their skills and confidence to succeed, while always having a safe and supportive place to return. Contact: Robin Davies-Small at (914) 949-6761 x509 or email@example.com *Spectrum Baseball (baseball) Agency: Miracle League of Westchester & WJCSLocation: Games are held at Miracle Field-Ridge Road Park Hartsdale, NYAge Range: 5+Description: The Miracle League and WJCS offer a free, non-competitive league for children with an autism spectrum disorder. The league uses a "buddy" system where each player is paired with an able-bodied peer.Contact: For more information, please call (914) 960-6391 Website: www.mlwny.org *Supper Club (social/recreational) Agency: WJCS Autism Center Location: a variety of eateries in downtown White Plains Age Range: Young adults 18 - 35 Description: This informal social and recreational group meets twice a month to help develop social skills, improve connections with others, and reinforce strengths. The relaxed setting allows members to come together in a non-threatening environment to share their personal experiences, gain emotional support, insight and strategies for coping with the daily struggles of work, family, and friends. Contact: For more information, please contact Lee Englander, Program Coordinator, at (914) 761-0600 ext. 228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org *Therapeutic Social Skills (TSS) Groups (social skills) Agency: WJCS Location: locations vary Age Range: Children 4-14 on the autistic spectrum Description: A variety of social skills groups based on age and ability for children diagnosed with ASD. Teaches essential social skills and provides for a supportive atmosphere in which youngsters can practice their skills. Contact: For more information, contact Kari Phillips, Assistant Program Director, at (914) 949-6761 ext. 477 or email email@example.com For Children Under 5 Angelfish Therapy (swimming) Agency: Angelfish Therapy Location: White Plains NY, Manhattan NY, Stamford/Greenwich CT, Norwalk CT, Westport CT, Wilton CT, and Danbury CT Age Range: 2-17 Description: Angelfish Therapy helps children with a variety of sensory, motor, speech, and learning issues reach their full potential through fun and challenging aquatic therapy sessions, specialized swim instruction, and even land-based therapy. Contact: For more information, call (203) 545-0024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.AngelfishTherapy.com/ Artsmarts with Miss Patti (art and music) Agency: Ms. Patti's Artsmarts Location: Varies throughout Northern Westchester County Age Range: 3-5 Description: ArtSmart is a combination of art and music, focusing on recreating famous artworks and making our own original music. Children with special needs welcome with a SEIT or parent accompanying them. Each case is discussed on an individual basis. Contact: For more information, contact Miss Patti at (646) 234-5995 or email email@example.com. Website: www.nyartsmart.com Heartsong (art and music) Agency: Heartsong Location: 277 Martine Avenue Suite #230 White Plains, NY Age Range: 18 months-3 years, 3 years+ Description: Heartsong is nationally recognized for its program that utilizes the powerful tools of music therapy and art therapy which enable children with disabilities to express themselves. Heartsong uses music and art in its many forms and styles to nurture a child's emotional, physical, sensory and cognitive development. Contact: For more information, call (914) 358-5613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.heartsong.org Ice Skating Lessons (ice skating) Agency: Fairfield Ice Academy Location: 85 Mill Plain Road Fairfield, CT Age Range: All Ages Description: Private, Semi-private, and Small Group lessons; focus on children with disabilities. Contact: For more information, call (203) 254-8399. Website: http://www.sportsplexatfairfield.com/index.php/ice-skating/special-needs JCC of Mid-Westchester Saturday/Sunday and Afterschool Enrichment Programs Agency: JCC of Mid-Westchester Location: 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY Age Range: 5 and below, Pre-K-12 years Description: The JCC of Mid-Westchester offers Saturday, Sunday and Afterschool Enrichment programs for children with developmental disabilities. Sunday Funday is an all-inclusive social-skills based program featuring sports, gymnastics, social skills, speech, art, computers, and theater. The JCC also offers a Nursery School Towards Tomorrow program for children with special needs, aging from 2.9-5 years of age. Contact: For more information, contact Charley Moskowitz at (914) 472-3300 ext. 361 or email@example.com Website: www.jccmw.org The Kidz Club (social skills) Agency: Alcott School Location: 27 Crane Road, Scarsdale, NY Age Range: 3-6 Description: Kidz Club is designed to teach social skills to preschool - Kindergarten children who need support to engage appropriately in typical play situations on the playground, with playmates, etc. The Kidz Club parents group meets during the hour Kidz Club is in session. Contact: For more information, contact Maria Francella (914) 472-4404 firstname.lastname@example.org or Monica Zenda (914) 472-4404 email@example.comWebsite: http://www.alcottschool.org/programs/kidz_club.html Moving Wheels and Heels (dance) Agency: Steffi Nossen School of Dance Location: 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY Age Range: 3+ Description: An integrated dance class for students of all abilities, wheelchair & stand-up, to explore the joy of movement. Combines technique, improvisation, and movement. Classes arranged by age level. They can also make a range to go to your location. Contact Person: For more information, contact Judy Ross at (914) 328-1900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.steffinossen.org Multi-sensory Play/Connections Group (social skills) Agency: Dramatic Pragmatics Speech and Language Center Location: 111 Bowman Avenue, Rye Brook, NY Age Range: 3-5 Description: Weekly multi-sensory skill building groups to help our younger students develop age-appropriate social, play, and language skills through structured movement, art, drama, and music activities. Contact Person: For more information, call (914) 305-1210 or email email@example.com. Website: www.dramaticpragmatics.com Pegasus Therapeutic Riding (horseback riding) Agency: Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Location: Farm locations include Pleasantville, Brewster, Greenwich CT, and Darien CT Age Range: 4+ Description: Provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs. This program offers therapeutic riding as well as non-riding activities. Contact: For more information call (845) 669-8235 Website: www.pegasustr.org Social Butterflies Social Skills Groups (social skills) Agency: Social Butterflies Location: Sessions held in Briarcliff Manor, NY Age Range: Pre-K - 5 Description: Social Butterflies is a social skills group working with preschool and elementary aged children who have a variety of communication and social/emotional delays. We dedicate our sessions towards reaching the ultimate goals of independence, confidence, and comfort. Contact: For more information, call (914) 382-7091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.sbflies.com Social Skills Classes Agency: Sociable Kidz Location: 1600 Harrison Ave, Ste 105, Mamaroneck, NY Age Range: 4 -12 Description: Social skills-so essential, yet so difficult for many kids to master. The good news is that social skills can be learned, and nobody teaches them more effectively than Sociable Kidz, an acclaimed social-skills program founded by kindergarten teacher Susan Hendler in 2010 to serve children ages 4 to 12. The program uses proven techniques and methods-in ways that are fun, interesting, and age-appropriate for kids, such as games and role-playing-to help children improve their self-esteem, make friends, make eye contact while talking to others, learn to share, and more. Many other concerns, such as social isolation and bullying, are addressed, too.Contact: For more information, call (914) 502-3295 or email email@example.comWebsite: Sociablekidz.com South East Consortium (recreational) Agency: South East Consortium for Special Services Location: 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY Age Range: 4+ Description: South East Consortium is a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to providing therapeutic recreation programs and leisure-related services to children and adults with disabilities and special needs residing in our member municipalities. Contact: For more information, call (914) 698-5232 Website: www.secrec.org *Therapeutic Social Skills (TSS) Groups (social skills) Agency: WJCS Location: locations vary Age Range: Children 4-14 on the autistic spectrum Description: A variety of social skills groups based on age and ability for children diagnosed with ASD. Teaches essential social skills and provides for a supportive atmosphere in which youngsters can practice their skills. A bi-weekly parent support group accompanies these groups. Contact: For more information, contact Kari Phillips, Assistant Program Director, at (914) 949-6761 ext. 477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Westchester Gymnastics (gymnastics) Agency: Westchester Gymnastics Location: 5 Skyline Drive Hawthorne, NY Age Range: 18 Months - 5 Years Description: Classes for children with special needs Contact: For more information, call (914) 592-2324 Website: www.westchestergymnastics.net YAI Autism Center and Elahi Yoga (dance and cooking) Agency: YAI Autism Center Location: New York City, NY Age Range: 3+ Description: In conjuction with Elahi Yoga, YAI Autism Center is offering yoga/ballet, yoga/dance, , meditation and cooking classes. Contact: For more information, call 1-888-YAI-Autism to learn about autism services for children, adults and families in the New York metropolitan area or call 212-273-6182 to learn more about recreational services available through the YAI Network. Website: www.yai.org For Children Over 5 Adapted Aquatics (swimming) Agency: Pace University Location: Pace University - Pleasantville Campus Age Range: Children Description: Customizing in a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, sensory, mental, motor, impairments, and water phobia. Contact: For more information, call Katherine Palladino, Aquatics Director, at (914) 773-3280 or email email@example.com. Angelfish Therapy (swimming) Agency: Angelfish Therapy Location: White Plains NY, Manhattan NY, Stamford/Greenwich CT, Norwalk CT, Westport CT, Wilton CT, and Danbury CT Age Range: 2-17 Description: Angelfish Therapy helps children with a variety of sensory, motor, speech, and learning issues reach their full potential through fun and challenging aquatic therapy sessions, specialized swim instruction, and innovative summer camps. Contact: For more information, call (203) 545-0024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.AngelfishTherapy.com Backyard Sports Plus Location: White PlainsAge Range: 5-15Description:The BYS Plus Program offers Special Needs children, ages 5-15, a safe and appropriately competitive program to learn and enjoy team sports. The activities focus on athletic development skills while stressing the proper behaviors required for optimal group cooperation. Contact: Danny Bernstein at (914) 304-4052 or visit www.byardsportsplus.com Dramatic Pragmatics Social Language Groups (social/speech & language)Agency: Dramatic Pragmatics Speech and Language CenterLocation: 111 Bowman Avenue, Rye Brook, NYAge Range: 5+Description: Weekly multi-sensory skill building groups to help our younger students develop age-appropriate social, play, and language skills through structured movement, art, drama, and music activities. Contact: For more information, call (914) 305-1210 or email DramaticPragmatics@gmail.com Website: www.dramaticpragmatics.com The Friendship Circle (Jewish recreational) Agency: Chabad Lubavitch of Westchester County Location: Throughout Westchester; Headquarters: 1 Chase Rd., Scarsdale, NY Age Range: 5+ Description: The Friendship Circle reaches out and extends a helping hand to families whose children have special needs and involves them in a full range of Jewish and social experiences. The program matches children with teenage mentors. Contact: For more information, please call (914) 437-5762 Website: http://www.chabadofwestchester.com/templates/section_cdo/aid/1329467/jewish/Friendship-Circle.htm Get Social (Social Skills)Agency: Rosenthal JCC of Northern WestchesterLocation: 600 Bear Ridge Road, PleasantvilleAge Range: K-2nd gradeDescription: This unique activity class is designed to facilitate positive peer interaction in a small, structured setting. This class will help children gain confidence with their peers in social situations. Contact: For more information, contact Jennifer Ruoff at (914) 741-0333 ext. 29 Website: http://www.rosenthaljcc.org/jcc-classes/special-needs/get-social/ Gym Buddies (social/recreational) Agency: Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester Location: 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville Age Range: K-4th gradeDescription: This inclusion program is your chance to play with the big kids. Children play in the gym with tweens and teens who act as role models and engage the children through games and activities. Contact: For more information, contact Jennifer Ruoff at (914) 741-0333 ext. 29 Website: http://www.rosenthaljcc.org/events/2013/10/06/events/gym-buddies/ Heartsong (music)Agency: HeartsongLocation: 277 Martine Avenue, Suite #230 White Plains, NY Age Range: 3+Description: Heartsong is nationally recognized for its program that utilizes the powerful tools of music therapy and art therapy, enabling children with disabilities to express themselves. This is accomplished by using music and art, in its many forms and styles, to nurture a child's emotional, physical, sensory and cognitive development.Contact: For more information, call (914) 358-5613 or email email@example.com Website: www.heartsong.org Ice Skating Lessons (ice skating)Agency: Fairfield Ice Academy Location: 85 Mill Plain Rd. Fairfield, CTAge Range: All ages Description: Private, Semi-private, and Small Group lessons; focus on children with disabilities.Contact: For more information, call (203) 254-8399. Website: http://www.sportsplexatfairfield.com/index.php/ice-skating/special-needs Magic To Do Players (theater)Agency: Westco ProductionsLocation: 9 Romar Avenue, White Plains, NYAge Range: 8 - early 20s Description: A full theater arts program for persons with developmental disabilities offering instruction in dancing, singing, improvisation, speaking and acting skills. Contact: For more information, call (914) 495-4521Website: www.westcoproductions.org The Meeting House (social/recreational)Agency: The Meeting House Location: NYCAge Range: 6-12Description: The Meeting House is a recreational after-school organization providing community for children who need help with socialization and communication through exciting group classes and integrated after-school programming Contact: For more information, call the program administrator at (212) 355-1908Website: www.themeetinghouseafterschool.org Moving Wheels and Heels (dance)Agency: Steffi Nossen School of DanceLocation: 216 Central Avenue White Plains, NYAge Range: 3 - Adult Description: An integrated dance class for students of all abilities, wheelchair & stand-up, to explore the joy of movement. Combines technique, improvisation, and movement. Classes arranged by age level. Contact: For more information, contact Judy Ross at (914) 328-1900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Website: www.steffinossen.org Nor-West Regional Special Services (recreational)Agency: Nor-West Regional Special ServicesLocation: Open to residents of Cortland, Ossining, Peekskill, and YorktownAge Range: 5-23Description: Nor-west offers a variety of recreational programs.Contact: For more information, call (914) 737-4797. Website: www.nor-west.org Rise Above (musical theater program)Agency: Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester Location: 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville Age Range: K-6th grades Description: Learn the basics of musical theater, self confidence, and how to perform. Elementary school-age children will learn to work together, follow instructions, learn songs and simple dance steps and more in this fun, relaxed environment. Friends and families will enjoy an end-of-session presentation! Production and direction from Michelle Morgenthal and Noah Silverman, teenage theater experts who have performed throughout Westchester! Oversight by a certified special education teacher and supervised by a licensed social worker. Contact: For an intake interview, contact Jennifer Ruoff at (914) 741-0333 ext. 29 or JRuoff@rosenthaljcc.org Website: www.rosenthaljcc.org Saturday Explorers (social/recreational)Agency: Cerebral Palsy of Westchester Location: 1186 King St. Rye Brook, NYAge Range: 5-10Description: Saturday Explorers offers children on the autistic spectrum the chance to increase socialization with an emphasis on educational structured play. Contact: For more information, contact Denise Avolio, Program Coordinator, email email@example.com Website: http://cpwestchester.org/agencyservices.asp?menu=17 Saturday Night Out (social/recreational)Agency: JCC on the HudsonLocation: 371 South Broadway Tarrytown, NYAge Range: 10 - 13Description: This supervised program offers kids a venue to socialize on the weekends with their friends. Parents drop off their child at a designated place which might be bowling, movies, sport events, local plays or a restaurant. Children begin to build independence as they learn how to manage money, behave in a safe and appropriate manner in the community, and interact with one another during fun social activities.Contact: For more information, contact Mindy S. Cohen, Director of Special Needs, at (914) 366-7898 ext. 108. Website: www.JCConthehudson.org Sensational Sundays (swimming/recreational)Agency: YWCA of White PlainsLocation: 515 North Street, White Plains, NYAge Range: 5+Description: Programs include swimming, music lessons, and Sunday recreation.Contact: For more information, contact the Director of Special Services at (914) 949-6227 ext. 108. Website: http://www.ywcawhiteplains.org/html/special_programs.html SKIP Mini-vacation Program (Special Kids Interesting Places)Agency: JCC on the HudsonLocation: Tarrytown, NYAge Range: K-6th grades Description: SKIP is a full day school vacation program specially staffed and modified to provide children with developmental disabilities and delays the opportunity to participate in Vacation Sensations and Vacation SPORTSations. Intakes are required. Register for as many or as few days as you'd like. Each day begins and ends at the JCC.Contact: For more information, contact Mindy S. Cohen, Director of Special Needs, at firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.JCConthehudson.org South East Consortium (recreational)From Pleasantville SEPTALimited openings are still available for September 2014 at The Pleasantville Lab School at Pace University! The Lab School program at Pace University in Pleasantville is designed for high school students ages 18-21 years old, with cognitive/intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, who are either Alternately Assessed or working towards a CDOS Credential, and Regents Diploma access has already been sufficiently provided. The program is a 12:1:1 program, coordinated by an experienced special education teacher, a teaching assistant, a full-time graduate assistant, as well as Pace University students and wrap-around services providers. The Lab School offers explicit and experiential instruction in vocational studies, independent living skills and social skills, on a college campus. Students have access to and participate in campus activities such as student run clubs, working out at the fitness center, attending sporting events and a variety of other campus based activities. Students participate in daily internships at locations such as the campus bookstore, security office, department offices, Document Services, Educational Media Services, Buildings and Grounds, Custodial Services and the Athletic Center. Pace University students participate in the Lab School as peer vocation, social and academic mentors, providing support at the various activities students participate in throughout the campus. Interested?Contact: Mr. Michael Voron Program Coordinator The Pleasantville Lab School at Pace University 914-773-3933 or VORONM@pville.k12.ny.us Backyard Sports Plus Four Seasons Of Special Needs Sports Programming: Fall Basketball & Football, Late Fall Tennis, Winter Indoor Soccer, Spring Baseball Register For Our Current Special Needs Programs BYS Plus Basketball & Football The BYS Plus Program offers Special Needs children, ages 5-15, a safe and appropriately competitive program to learn and enjoy team sports. The activities focus on athletic development skills while stressing the proper behaviors required for optimal group cooperation. Staffed by outstanding teacher/coaches and high school peer mentors 1:1 teaching ratio Professionally designed curriculum Program builds skills, confidence, self esteem, and a lifetime devotion to sports and fitness All programs held at SUNY Purchase Custom programs for Recreation Departments, Community Centers and on site afterschool programs Praised by parents and professionals as one of Westchester’s leading Special Needs Sport Programs Click here to register Click here to download our basketball/football schedule Yad B'Yad Program Program Description (brochure attached) YAD B'YAD (Hand-in-Hand) Yad B'Yad is a synagogue based inclusive program for Jewish teenagers with developmental challenges that focuses on social skills and Jewish education. The target population for the program is Jewish teens ages 13 to 21 who struggle with social interactions and may have learning, cognitive or emotional challenges. Many opportunities are provided for teens to team with high school peer mentors to work together in the classroom and engage in electives (i.e. Jewish cooking, Israeli dance, and art expression), social action, Jewish Holiday programs and other special events. Field trips into the community enable students to generalize and reinforce skills learned in class. The program runs from 5:30-7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings, the same evening as the current Religious School program. Yad B'Yad includes Jewish families from all denominations and traditions throughout Westchester County. For more information contact: Jessica Yablow Yad B'Yad Program Coordinator Congregation Kol Ami 252 Soundview Ave., White Plains, New York 10606 (914) 949-4717 ext. 105, or Kay Osborne ext. X125 JYablow@gmail.com Check out our website at www.nykolami.orghttp://www.nykolami.org/youth-programming/yad-b-yad Project SEARCH NYCA has proudly partnered with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), Southern Westchester BOCES (SW BOCES) and ARC of Westchester to launch Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism, a High School Transition Program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their last year of school. The High School Transition Program is a one-year internship program for students with ASD in their last year of high school. It is targeted for students whose goal is competitive employment. The program takes place at NYPH campus in White Plains, NY, where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills. Students participate in three internships to explore a variety of career paths. The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher from SW BOCES and a job coach from ARC of Westchester to create an employment goal and support the student during this important transition from school to work. To learn more about how this program will help your child with ASD transition from High School to employment, please email us: email@example.com Benefits to the Students: Participate in a variety of internships within the host business.Acquire competitive, transferable and marketable job skills.Gain increased independence, confidence and self esteem. Benefits to the Business: Access to a new, diverse talent stream with skills that match labor needs.Performance and retention in some high-turnover, entry-level positions can increase dramatically.Gain interns/employees with ASD to serve as role models for patients/consumers.Experience increased regional and national recognition through marketing of this unique program. Project SEARCH has grown from one original program site at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to over 240 across 39 states and 5 countries. Learn more at www.projectsearch.us. HEROES GET REMEMBERED BUT LEGENDS NEVER DIE, The story of John Cleaver Kelly, a film for National OCD Awareness Week "As many of you may not know, this week National OCD Awareness week,(October 8th-14th) and yesterday, was National Mental Health Awareness day. 18 months ago, our best friend John Kelly, lost his battle with OCD, John was the best friend a kid could ask for and was really the heart of our small town. When he passed, many people were in shock and didn't really know how to react, and didn't realize that OCD could actually do this to someone. However, as time went on our small community of Dobbs Ferry rallied. Just 3 months after his death all of Johns friends came together and in less than two weeks and organized the “John Cleaver Kelly Legends Softball Tournament”, which raised over 8,000 dollars for OCD, but more importantly kept Johns spirit alive. All the teams were named after the little league teams the now young adults of the community played for as kids, and months of pain turned into a day of joy. John's goal was to always find a cure for OCD, and he never gave up in his fight! " This year, John Tessitore, Johns close friend, directed and narrated a film "Heroes Get Remembered but Legends Never Die" telling Johns remarkable story through his personal journals, family and friends in an effort to end the Stigma about Mental Disorders. THE FILM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDJGSHF6hJk Federation for Children with Special Needs: Camp for Special Need List
Welcome to the Federation's Summer Fun Camp Directory. Here you will find links to over 200 camp Web sites serving children with disabilities, as well as useful information and resources to help create a rewarding summer camp experience for you and your child. Choose from the links below to get started.
Download useful information and resources, Summer Planning for Children with Special Needs (PDF), or print a copy of the camps links and summer planning resources, Summer Fun Camp Directory (PDF).
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