The JCC Manhattan-Special Needs Programs

Organization: JCC Manhattan

Website:  or


Address: 334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

Contact: Melissa Lader-Director School Age Special Needs Programs & Camp Kulam

Phone: 646-505-5729


Contact: Hannah Cohen-Coordinator Special Needs Parenting & Support Groups

Phone: 646-505-4460


Contact: Allison Kleinman-Director of Adaptions-Young Adult Life Skills Network

Phone: 646 505-4367


You can find classes and programs for children of all ages and adults with wonderful learning opportunities and social interactions. For the child that likes to move there is soccer,swimming, gymnastics and karate. There is also music therapy, story pirates, drop-in art classes and even a tween and teen lounge. For the grown-ups there are a wide variety of support groups, lectures, and even a resource library.

Special Needs Activity Center

Organization: Special Needs Activity Center


Phone: 212 439-9996

Address: 220 East 86th Street, New York NY 11028

Snack provides activities after school and weekends for children ages 3-18 with autism and other special needs. They also hold many parent education lectures given by a wide variety of professionals in the area of special needs children.

Resources for Children with Special Needs

Organization: Resources for Children with Special Needs


Phone: 212 677-4650

Address: 116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 11113

Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN) is located in New York City and is the only independent nonprofit organization that works for families and children with all special needs, across all boroughs, to understand, navigate, and access the services needed to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop their full potential.



Nesher Program for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Organization: Nesher Program for Children with Developmental Disabilities at the 92nd street Y


Phone: 212 415-5624

Contact: Melanie Mandel

Address: 195 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10128

Nesher provides a series of recreation based programs, designed to strengthen and support the social development and learning experiences of children with developmental disabilities including neurological impairment, mental retardation, speech and language delays, learning disabilities, PDD, Asperger syndrome and Autism. Nesher supports social skills, fine and gross motor coordination, communication and language and academic skills. Nesher is staffed with experienced teachers, specialists and teaching artists, with a 1 to 4 staff to child ratio. Nesher programs are developmentally appropriate and are engaging and fun.

Adaptive Sports Foundation

Organization: Adaptive Sports Foundation

Phone: (518) 734-5070

Address: P.O. Box 266,  100 Silverman Way, Windham NY 12496

Since 1984, the Adaptive Sports Foundation has been providing services to children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. As the largest adaptive sport program on the East Coast and considered amongst the top adaptive programs in the country, Adaptive Sports Foundation offers both winter and summer sports to a wide range of special needs children and adults. Participation in sports gives the disabled individual increased self worth and self esteem. Students are often heard saying, “If I can do this, I can do anything.”

West Side Soccer League-VIP Team

Organization: West Side Soccer League-VIP team


The Safe Haven West Side Basketball League – Champions Division

Organization: The Safe Haven West Side Basketball League – Champions Division


Location: PS 163 — The Alfred E. Smith Schoo, 163 West 97th Street, New York, NY 10025 (Between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves.)

Dates: Saturdays, December 3, 2011 thru March 24, 2012

Times: Depending on age group


Ken McGrory: (917) 592-9665

Rhonda Havre: (Write “Special Needs” as subject) (718) 671-8442

Now in its 13th season, the Safe Haven West Side Basketball League’s Champions Division welcomes players with developmental, social and emotional disabilities and their families in a warm, welcoming environment of active fun.

“Division manager Ken McGrory and administrative manager Rhonda Havre have created a dynamic program—from the first teaching clinics to the end-of-season celebration—carefully designed to adapt to the needs of each participant. The program has succeeded in strengthening participants’ confidence, attention and social skills while developing their athletic abilities.”

The Champions Division consists of approximately 90 participants from all five boroughs within three sub-groups:

Rising Stars – ages 5 to 10

Juniors – ages 11 to 15

Seniors – ages 16 to 25

“Group assignments are determined by various factors—size, ability, social concerns—and are mutually agreed upon by coaches and parents.”


Baseball-Westside Little League-Challenger Division

Organization: BaseBall-West Side Little League-Challenger Division


The Challenger Division of Westside Little League is a program for developmentally and physically challenged youth, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities.More than the skills of baseball are learned through the experience; the value of the Little League Challenger Division is found in the proven therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports, the strengthening of participants’ self-esteem, the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play, and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play, which are hallmarks of the Little League program.