Special Needs


Vacation Programs

Contact: Sharon Hanover, MSW, Director, Adler Center For Special Needs |  822-35353 x332  |  shanover@miyjcc.org

Steve Goldstein, Assistant Director, Adler Center For Special Needs | 822-3535 x356 | sgoldstein@miyjcc.org

Lauren Watling, Administrative Assistant | 822-3535 x303 | lwatling@miyjcc.org

Families who have a child with a disability often experience ongoing stress. Because of the additional care required, families identify respite care as a basic necessity, with the need increasing as the child gets older. Families who report less stress usually are the recipients of formal support services, such as respite care. Respite care for families who have a child with a disability helps maintain family stability and may provide opportunities for the child to participate in special activities.

Our innovative vacation respite programs are carefully designed to meet the individual needs of the participants. A participant intake and questionnaire are required prior to registering for the program. Children and teens who are in mainstream or inclusion classes may participate with their typical peers in collaboration with our Children's Services Department. Children and teens that may need more individualized attention and supervision may be placed in our self-contained classes. Programs begin at 10:00 am and run until 3:30 pm. A typical day includes arts & crafts, music, gym, swim, sensory based activities and specialty programs such as yoga, karate and more! Before and after-care may be available on an as-needed basis.

OPWDD VACATION RESPITE PROGRAMS: The Mid-Island Y JCC has been awarded a grant from the Family Support Services Department of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The grant will enable children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders to participate in vacation respite at a subsidized rate. Certain eligiblity status and documentation is required. Please bring a change of clothes, bathing suit, towel and a kosher, peanut/tree nut free, dairy lunch. Low child to staff ratio. Intake required; limited spots available. *For children without OPWDD eligibility, please contact Sharon at x332.


$15 per day

      Tuesday 4/7/15 OPWDD-0407 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
      Wednesday 4/8/15 OPWDD-0408 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
      Thursday 4/9/15 OPWDD-0409 10:00 am to 3:30 pm


INCLUSION VACATION ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
For children in mainstream or inclusion classes during the schoo year. A kosher dairy, peanut/nut-free lunch will be provided for the program. Children will participate with Youth Center programs with added staff support. Intake required; limited spots available.

      Tuesday 4/7/15 OPWDD-0407 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
      Wednesday 4/8/15 OPWDD-0408 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
      Thursday 4/9/15 OPWDD-0409 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Teen Travel C
Trips to be determined

      Tuesday 4/7/15 OPWDD-0407 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
      Wednesday 4/8/15 OPWDD-0408 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
      Thursday 4/9/15 OPWDD-0409 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

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