Other Programs-Not OPWDD

SOCIALIZATION:

eSPECIALMATCH
eSpecialMatch.com is a free social network  for  individuals and families of children with special needs and disabilities including Autism, Asperger’s, and Down’s Syndrome, as well as neurological, physical, sensory, and emotional issues.  Our goal is to  connect them  with resources, information and support. Our community is also a place where organizations and professionals can share their information, services, events, and expertise. www.especialmatch.com

MatchKonnection
MatchKonnection is a not-for-profit organization created by parents for high functioning young adults who have LD, ADHD, Autism, Asperger. Organizing MatchKonnection began with parents, relatives and friends of people with learning and neurological disabilities who wanted to help better the social lives of their children. It soon became apparent that we needed to include the very people we were trying to guide, so as to provide social opportunities for them. www.matchkonnection.com

Special Playdate
Every child deserves to have a friend. Special Playdate connects parents with other parents seeking playdate opportunities for their children with or without special needs.www.specialplaydate.com

SPROUT
Sprout provides innovative programs in the field of developmental disabilities. They include: Vacation Programs, Sproutstock, NYC Programs, Leadership, Annual NYC Film Festival, Sprout Touring Film Festival, Make-a-movie, Sproutflix. www.gosprout.org

Yachad/NJCD
Yachad / NJCD is dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring their participation in the full spectrum of Jewish life. www.njcd.org

ARTS & MUSIC

MoMA
Developmentally Disabled Visitors; Seniors and Homebound Individuals; *Please note that all programs and events taking place at MoMA are accessible by …http://www.moma.org/

Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Events & Programs: Programs for Visitors with Disabilities. These family programs, held on select Sundays, consist of thematic gallery tours and creative art activities for individuals with learning and developmental disabilities, with accompanying friends and family. Download the brochure (PDF). www.metmuseum.org/events/visitorsdisabilities/developmental

Daniel’s Music Foundation
Daniel Trush is the life force that drives Daniel’s Music Foundation. … Music classes are offered free to members which include children and adults. … By definition, Daniel’s Music Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides free musical instruction to all individuals with disabilities in the NYC area. But we are much more than just a foundation we are a community that opens doors to acceptance, respect, confidence and overall well being. www.danielsmusic.org

Nordoff-Robbins
The Nordoff-Robbins approach to music therapy is based on the belief that everyone possesses a sensitivity to music that can be utilized for personal growth and development. In this form of treatment, clients take an active role in creating music together with their therapists. At Nordoff-Robbins, we make music with people, not for them. Our approach is based on techniques that allow even the most disabled clients to become active and successful participants. Through this interaction therapists support and enhance the clients’ expressive skills and their ability to relate to others. http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/nordoff

EDUCATION INFORMATION:

We Connect Now
The We Connect Now is a that has been used as a resource by
institutions of higher learning and has been linked to by colleges and
universities and groups serving people with disabilities in all 50
states and at least 10 foreign countries. http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com/

RECREATION & SPORTS

Achilles Track Club International
Achilles International’s mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal …www.achillesinternational.org/

KEEN
KEEN is a national, nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. Neither income nor the severity of a child’s disability is a barrier to joining a KEEN program. www.keennewyork.org/

JCC NYC
Kulam: Programs for Children with special Needs
Family art, Swimming, Soccer, Tech kids unlimited, camps, etc..
http://www.jccmanhattan.org/kulam?page=cat-content&pid=2579

SNACK, the Special Needs Activity Center for Kids,
SNACK is the creation of New York mom and SNACK’s Executive Director, Jackie Ceonzo. After being unable to find a fulfilling program for her son, Joey, whose disabilities fall on the autism spectrum, she worked with a team of professionals to create a place for special needs children with challenging behaviors to socialize and enjoy recreational activities while learning practical skills in a collaborative, fun and welcoming environment. www.snacknyc.com

92nd Street Y
The Nesher Approach: 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 1:4 staff-to-child ratio. Nesher programs are developmentally appropriate and are engaging and fun. www.92y.org

SPROUT
Sprout provides innovative programs in the field of developmental disabilities. They include: Vacation Programs, Sproutstock, NYC Programs, Leadership, Annual NYC Film Festival, Sprout Touring Film Festival, Make-a-movie, Sproutflix. www.gosprout.org

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NYC
Mission: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through their participation in Special Olympics New York athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries into the classroom, the home, the workplace and the community. www.specialolympicsny.org

RESOURCES:

Big Apple Oranges
The resource for NYC special needs children and their families. Why the name ‘Big Apple Oranges’? Well, Big Apple refers to New York City and this guide is for families with special needs children in the 5 boroughs (although the laws and regulations are state-wide). The orange, like the apple, is a delicious, nutritious, healthy fruit – only different than the ‘big’ apple. So are our children – sentient, loving, unique individuals – only different. www.bigappleoranges.com

THERAPEUTIC:

Pet Partners:

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