Monday, March 21, 2011

Resources at the JCC in Manhattan

We are big fans of the important programs offered to all New Yorkers by the JCC in Manhattan. This Upper West Side institution has an extensive "Special Needs" center that has programming for families and individuals from early childhood through adulthood.

On Thursday evening, April 7th, our own Susan Yellin, Esq. will be a featured speaker at the Center for Special Needs, discussing her book Life After High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families.

Other programming is part of ongoing services targeted at various interest groups. Two of the programs that we believe to be of particular importance are those providing social opportunities and support services for teens/young adults and post-college age individuals, respectively.

The Adaptations Program targets individuals in their 20's and 30's who have attended college but need a supportive environment as they work towards their life goals, because of their learning disabilities or other issues. Adaptations offers programming ranging from exercise to social training, with a number of opportunities for peer interaction. We know of no other program in the NY Metro area that offers these kinds of services for this population -- and would love to hear about other programs if they exist.

Another program is called Transitions, and is aimed at teens and young adults (ages 16-21) with high functioning autism, learning differences, and communication difficulties. Transitions' programming is designed to build friendships while emphasizing independence and social skills. We get lots of inquiries from parents and young adults about opportunities for social interactions for young people with limited social cognition. These two programs can offer help for this under-served group.

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