Adler Center For Special Needs


For more information or to register, please contact Lauren Watling:

(516) 822-3535, x303 or email

Vocational Programs — Work Readiness Groups 

Social skills and job readiness groups forming now! Individual job coaching and counseling is available. An intake will be scheduled prior to registration.

Adler Leadership & Independence Vocational Experience:


A.L.I.V.E. Internships

For Ages 18+

Generously funded by UJA Federation New York’s Caring Commission on Autism.

An assessment is required. For more information, please call Lauren, x303.

A.L.I.V.E. — Adler Leadership & Independence Vocational Experience

For Teens to Young Adults

Participants develop vocational and social skills to gain meaningful work experience and become more independent. Services include work readiness, social skills training, and support internships at the MIYJCC. There are opportunities to work in our cafe, the Mid-Island Perk, be a part of our Mid-Island Sweet Treats business, and assist in our food pantry.

Sundays  •  11:45-1:00 pm

Winter/Spring 2020  •  16 sessions per year  •  Fee: $400  Pro-rated fee available.

J.O.B.S.S. - Job Based Social Skills Group

For Young Adults & Adults Ages 21+ 

Through a generous grant from UJA Federation New York, Dr. Michelle Gorenstein created a social skills curriculum for young adults focused on obtaining and maintaining employment. The group will be structured and incorporate psycho-education, social skills training, and some CBT techniques. Lessons will include Active Listening, Nonverbal Communication, Theory of Mind, Making a Good Impression, Recognizing Emotions, and much more. Participants will receive an information sheet each week which will cover the lesson and ways to practice the skill. The hope is that these sheets will be used by parents, job coaches, and staff members to help the individuals with ASD generalize the skills outside of the group setting.  

Wednesdays  •  6:30 to 8:30 pm

Runs 15 weeks  •  Dinner provided  •  Fee: $365   Pro-rated fee available.

February 12, 26
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3

J.O.B.S.S. 2.0

After completing the first semester of the JOBSS program, participants have the opportunity

to have a closer look at some topics in which they feel they could gain a deeper understanding.

This program will build on knowledge gained in the first semester.

Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm weekly
Runs 11 weeks
Class Fee: $268

March 18, 25
April 1, 8, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3

J.O.B.S.S. - In The Community

Once participants complete two full semesters of the JOBSS program, they can move onto a vocational internship program. Participants will work in small groups with a job coach to do various jobs throughout the building and in the community.
Placement is based on interest and schedules.

2 hours per week
Runs 15 weeks
Class Fee $365


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