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									                                   Compiled By: Julie Sorrell, MSW and Karen Ponton

*List updated in June 2009. These organizations are for your reference only. Inclusion on this list does
not constitute an endorsement by the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.
Key to specific types of resources:
         Academic                                       Hiking

          Basketball                                    Hockey

          Baseball/Softball                             Soccer
          Biking                                        Summer Camp

          Dance                                         Respite

          Equestrian                                    Travel
          Fitness                                       Wide Range of Sports

Table of Contents
A-1 Universal Care, Inc.                                                       3
ACDS (Association for Children with Down Syndrome)                             3
ACLD (Association for Children with Learning Disabilities)                     3

AHA (Asperger Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Association)                  4
AHRC Nassau                                                                    4

Bellmore-Merrick Adult Continuing Education                                    5
Boy Scouts of America                                                          5
Camp Huntington                                                                6

Camp Northwood                                                                 6

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck                                                               7

Camp Ramapo                                                                    7

Catholic Charities                                                             7
CHADD                                                                          8
Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities                          8
Compass Project                                                                9
Cristina & Friends                                                             9
District # 31 Challenger Baseball                                              9
East Meadow Little League Challenger Division                                  10
Eden II/ Genesis Program                                                       10
Family Project                                                                 10

Friedberg JCC                                                                  11
Friendship Connection                                                          11
Gersh Academy: West Hills Day Camp                                             11

HANDS                                                                          12
Hannah Kroner School of Dance                                                  12

Helping Hands Behavioral Outreach Inc.                                         12

Hofstra University Youth Program                                             12

Hooves for Hope                                                              13
HOPE Fitness                                                                 13
Horse Ability Inc.                                                           13
Independent Group Home Living Program, Inc.                                  14
Kulanu Resources                                                             14
Lakewood Stables                                                             14
Learning about Children with Special Needs & Jewish Tradition Old Westbury   14
Hebrew Congregation
Life’s WORC                                                                  15
Long Island Blues Hockey                                                     15

Long Island Jr. Soccer                                                       15
Match Konnection                                                             16
Middle Country Library                                                       16
Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center                                         16
Nassau Community College                                                     17
Nassau County Police Activity League (PAL)                                   17

New York Institute of Technology, Vocational Independence Program            17
North Shore Family & Guidance Hiking Program                                 18

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc.                                                  18
Power Pals                                                                   18
Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.                              19
Samuel Field YM & YWHA                                                       19
Search Beyond Adventures                                                     19
Sid Jacobsen JCC                                                             20

Southampton Fresh Air Home                                                   20

Special Olympics – NY/LI Region                                              21

Sprout                                                                       21
STARS                                                                        21
STRIDE                                                                       22

Summit Camp & Travel                                                         22

Town of Hempstead Anchor Program                                             22

Town of Hempstead Parks & Recreation                                         23
Woodward Children’s Center                                                   23
World Gym Kids                                                               23
YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities                          23

Additional Recreation Resources                                              25

A-1 Universal Care, Inc.
293 Castle Ave., Suite 1B                                         Contact Person:
Westbury, NY 11590                                                Donna Harris
P: (516) 338-8777

A-1 Universal Care, Inc. is a community based not-for-profit agency founded in 1995 by a group of concerned parents
to provide professional, comprehensive, & quality services to the mentally retarded & developmentally disabled
population, residing in Nassau County.
Resources: Family Support (Respite & Recreation Programs), Medicaid Service Coordination, & waiver services
Geographic Area Served: Nassau County
Population: Children ages 12 to adult

ACDS (Association for Children with Down Syndrome)
4 Fern Place                                                      Contact Person:
Plainview, NY 11803                                               Erica Lepurage, Recreation Coordinator
P: (516) 867-0888

ACDS presents a summer adventure program. This is a respite program to give individuals the opportunity to develop
independence, enjoy recreational activities & practice their daily living skills. This unique program has been designed
to give children a summer adventure either before typical summer programs start or after summer programs end &
before the school year begins.
Resources: Respite program
Population: Children ages 14 & up

ACLD (Association for Children with Learning Disabilities)
807 South Oyster Bay Rd.                                  Contact Person:
Bethpage, NY 11714                                        Susan Ann Fratello
P: (516) 940-2720 ext. 282                                Susan Padovano, Respite Services Coordinator
Website:                                     P: (631) 940-2720 ext. 269

ACLD’s mission is to support the pursuit of an enviable life for people with developmental disabilities by assisting
individuals to make meaningful choices, develop significant relationships & have productive, healthy & enjoyable lives.
Resources: Summer camp, summer vacations, peer group interactions, unique activities
Population: Children ages 12 - adult

AHA (Asperger Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Association)
189 Wheatley Rd.                                     Contact Person:
Brookville, NY 11545                                 Samara Tetenbaum, MA, Group Leader
P: (516) 470-0360                                    P: (516) 686-4440

AHA is a New York non-profit organization providing information & support for families, individuals & professionals
affected by Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism & other Pervasive Developmental Disorders since 1988.
Resources: support groups, social skills groups, bowling, & annual Family Picnic and golf outing, yoga
Fee: varies

Teen Group – Social Coping Held at the Fay J. Linder Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities, Brookville, NY
Description: 8-week teen group for high functioning teens (boys & girls) who are conversationally verbal on the autism
spectrum. Topics covered include friendship skills, conversational skills, self-understanding, coping with anxiety, anger,
& other emotions dealing with bullying, cliques, & other school drama.
Who: young adults ages 15-18
Fee: $400 for full 8 weeks

Nassau Bowling
Where: AMF East Meadow Lanes                      Contact: Adriana Gonzales         P: (516) 783-0917

AHRC Nassau
Family Support Services Department                                  Contact Person:
115 East Bethpage Rd.                                               Paul Cullen
Plainview, NY 11803-4299
P: (516) 293-1111 ext.5619

AHRC is a not-for-profit member based organization. The mission of AHRC is to teach, support & advocate for children
& teens with intellectual & other developmental disabilities to make life choices, exercise independence & develop
responsibility. AHRC Nassau encourages individuals to fulfill their dreams & become productive members of the
community.AHRC Nassau’s Family Support Services Department, with the assistance of OMRDD, has recently begun
operating a walking program at Cantiague Park in Hicksville for families with children who have intellectual &
developmental deficits.
Resources: Camp Loyaltown, Leisure Time Program, walking program

Camp Loyaltown, AHRC             115 East Bethpage Rd.             Plainview, NY 11803-4299
P: (516) 293-1111 ext.5608       E-mail:             Website:

Since 1973 AHRC Nassau has been operating Camp Loyaltown as a summer haven for children & adults with
intellectual & other developmental disabilities, while providing worry-free respite for family members. Camp
Loyaltown’s philosophy is to provide campers with a fun, safe, & stimulating vacation. The camp is located in the
Catskill Mountains of New York.
Description of Program Resources: Traditional camp programs including; swimming, boating, Arts & Crafts, Ceramics,
woodworking, fabric arts, dance, music drama, athletics, recreation, nature & cooking.
Population: Children as young as 4 to adults in the 80s who have developmental & other disabilities. Campers’
functional levels range from mildly developmentally disabled through severely disabled. Many of the individuals who
are served have no other handicapping conditions while others have one or a number of the following additional
disabilities: Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Autism, Visual Impairment, Speech Impairment, Orthopedic Involvement,
Emotional Sensitivity, Hyperactivity & other mental or physical impairments.

Fee: for Nassau County Residents: one 2 week session $1,760; for an additional 2 weeks session $3,605; & for
Session 6 $825 (if attending a 2 week session also $1,545)

Leisure Time Program, AHRC               189 Wheatley Rd.             Brookville, NY 11729
P: (516) 293-1111                        Website:

Population: Children ages 12-17 & young adults 18 & up

Bellmore-Merrick Adult Continuing Education
1260 Meadowbrook Rd.
Merrick, NY 11566
P: (516) 992-1062

Programs offered through the Bellmore-Merrick School District, day & evening classes in art, computers, cooking,
dance, health, finance, fitness and sports.
Resources: Day & evening classes in art, computers, cooking, dance, health, finance, fitness & sports.
Geographic Area Served: Bellmore-Merrick
Population: Adult continuing classes
Fee: Depends upon class

Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
7 Scouting Boulevard                                               Contact Person:
Medford, NY 11763                                                  Ken Swanson
Website:                                            P: (631) 924-7000 ext. 33
                                                                   Susan Isaacson
                                                                   P: (516) 227-7138

Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest & most prominent values-based youth development organization.
BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating
citizenship, & develops personal fitness.
Resources: There are various special needs programs available for young adults & adults
Population: Children ages 6 - adult
Fee: varies

Description: A co-ed program for participants 14 years and older. It is composed of outdoor activities, hobbies,
education, community awareness & service. Each explorer post designs their own program with the aid of an Explorer

Learning for Life Champions                                          Website:
It is the mission of Learning for Life to enable young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive
character traits, career development, leadership, & life skills so they can make ethical choices & achieve their full
Description: A co-ed program designed to teach youth with special needs the life skills they need to achieve self-
sufficiency. It is held in a classroom & is carried out by the classroom teacher.

Camp Huntington
                      56 Bruceville Rd.                              Contact Person:
                      High Falls, NY 12440                           Daniel Falk, Executive Director
                      P: (212) 678-0089
                      Toll Free: (866) 514-5281

Camp Huntington is a summer recreation program for the learning & developmentally disabled. At Camp Huntington,
the goal is to allow each camper to be the best that he/she can be. This camp offers 3 distinct, specially designed
programs to meet the needs of a wide variety of special needs children. The programs contain specific approaches
that address key social, emotional & environmental issues for each disability group. The camper programs are blended
together within groups & on campus to encourage positive social & emotional exchanges between campers.
Resources: summer camp, 3 programs (described below)
Geographic Area Served: All over the world.
Population: Serve those with Learning & Developmental Disabilities, ADD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperser’s,
PDD, & other special needs.
Fee: Single-Rate all-inclusive for 6 weeks: $10,250 (includes many extras but does not include extra supervision fees
for behavioral or physical support). Half Session Fee for 3 weeks: $5,850. Session 3 (2 weeks): $3,950. Session 4 (one
week): $1,975.

Recreation and social skills development for children with Learning Disabilities/ ADD/HD
Description: The recreation program is specifically designed for children & teenagers with learning disabilities,
ADD/ADHD & neurological impairments. Campers participate in a variety of daily activities which are much like those
offered at a camp for the non-disabled. Counselors use the recreational activities as a means of remediation for
attention, memory, & perceptual disabilities. The learning & organizational strategies being taught at home & in school
are reinforced in a fun & relaxing environment.

Independence for the Developmentally Disabled
Description: The independence program is designed for 2 purposes. The first is to provide the developmentally
delayed with access to quality summer camp experiences. The second purpose is to begin the process of instilling
campers, at an early age with a sense of independence.

Participation for children with Autism, Asperser’s and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Description: Camping offers a great deal to children with Autism, Asperser’s, or other Pervasive Developmental Delays,
who benefit from the positive structure of our program. This individualized & structured program provides activities
that allow campers to feel secure. Each activity is developed to assist children with communication & participation.
Campers are introduced to new skills & activities, in a precise & consistent manner. Children are encouraged to
participate positively with counselors & fellow campers. Appropriate interaction is rewarded with praise or a favorite

Camp Northwood
                      132 State Rte. 365                            Contact Person:
                      Remsen, NY 13438                              Gordie Felt, Director
                      P: (315) 831-3621                             E-mail:

Since 1976, Camp Northwood & The Northwood Center have been providing quality programming to a coed
population of 165 socially immature, learning challenged children in need of structure & individualized attention. 2:1
camper/counselor ratio, non-competitive recreational programming & intentional focus on social skills development
that enable students to experience acceptance in a thriving camp community. The Camp Northwood program is based

on the philosophy that every child needs to experience success in order to develop social confidence. Camp
Northwood provides a support system that allows children to have successful experiences while participating in a
variety of traditional camping activities.
Resources: Summer camp & summer programs
Geographic Area Served: National
Population: Socially immature, high functioning, LD/AS/ADD Children ages 12 -21. Interview Required.
Fee: $1,235.00 per week

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
2 Chetswezey Rd.                                                  Contact Persons:
P.O. Box 677                                                      Jean Gilrane
Center Moriches, NY 11934                                         Johneen Feehan
P: (631) 878-1070

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck of New York provides recreational & respite care activities in a camp setting. The camp provides
opportunities for social & personal growth within a supportive environment. Campers learn to try a variety of creative
& challenging activities & experience success. Campers develop enhanced self-esteem which carriers over to work,
home, or school environments.
Resources: Respite Summer Camp, Sleep Away for a Week, & Weekend Respite once a month
Geographic Area Served: All Long Island, NYC, & out of state
Population: All special needs (physical & developmental). Children 12-16 & Young Adults 17-21.
Fee: $685 per week. Sliding scale fee available.

Camp Ramapo
                       Rhinebeck, NY                                Contact Person:
                      E-mail:          Mike Kunin, Camp Director
                      Website:            P: (845) 876-8403

This summer camp is ideal for youth who benefit from increased structure & supervision. The program is focused on
the development of positive social & self-help skills, forming productive relationships, & having fun in a safe & well
cared for environment.
Resources: Teen Leadership Program
Population: youth with autism & similar pervasive developmental delays, Learning Disabilities, emotional & behavioral
problems, & attention deficit disorder.
Fee: varies

Catholic Charities
Office of Faith Formation
Diocese of Rockville Centre
50 Park Ave, P.O. Box 9023
Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023
P: (516) 678-5800
St. Rose of Lima Parish
2 Bayview Ave.
Massapequa, NY 11758
P: (516) 798-4992 Rectory


St. Rose of Lima Parish has a mass for special needs individuals on the 2nd Saturday of every month in the auditorium.
For a complete schedule of dates & times please call the rectory phone number above.
Resources: special needs mass
Population: Young adults ages 21 & up
Fee: No fee

CHADD National Resource Center on AD/HD [Nassau County CHADD]
8181 Professional Place, Suite 150                  Contact Person:
Landover, MD 20875                                  Tim MacGeorge, Director
P: 1 (800) 233-4050 ext.124
Or (516) 932-0903 for Nassau County Division

CHADD is a national non-profit organization, which is designed to assist individuals with AD/HD & their families.
CHADD has over 11,000 local chapters around the country, which offer support for parents, adults with ADHD,
educators, professionals, & others. They offer a 7-week parent-to-parent education program & operate the CDC
funded National Resource Center on ADHD.
Resources: varies
Geographic Area Served: National
Population: Children 7 adults with AD/HD
Fee: Membership Organization. Fee information is available online. Information & referral services are available free of

Cody Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities
P: (631) 632-3070                                                  Contact Persons:
Website:                                        Ellen Woodward
                                                                   P: (631) 632-3127
                                                                   Lynne Barnett
                                                                   P: (631) 632-8983

The Cody Center for Autism & Developmental disabilities at Stony Brook University was founded in 2001. The mission
of the Center is to promote excellence in clinical treatment, research, community service, & educational programs
benefiting those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) & related developmental disabilities.
Resources: Respite and summer Programs
Geographic Area Served: Nassau and Suffolk
Population: Developmental Disabilities. MUST meet OMRDD criteria for respite & recreation programs

Compass Project
Mid Island Y JCC                                             Contact Persons:
45 Manetto Hill Rd.                                          Elise Hahn-Felix
Plainview, NY 11803                                          P: (516) 729-0066
Website:                              E-mail:
                                                             Evan Oppenheimer
                                                             P: (516) 822-3535 ext. 355
                                                             Mitch Nagler, MA, Coordinator for College Programs
                                                             P: (516) 351-0322

Designed to help individuals identify career & education direction, The Compass Project of the Jewish Child Care
Association (JCCA) is a vital resource for young adults with learning disabilities & special needs. The Compass project
provides counseling, career assessment, & guidance for individuals with their families as well as programs to help
people develop independent living skills, increase one’s ability to self-advocate, assist in planning for college &
employment & socialize within a multicultural context.
Resources: S.O.A.R. Program (Summer Opportunities And Recreation), Theater for Action, Backpack to Employment,
Club Compass, Bridges (Compass Project College Programs), & more
Population: young adults with learning disabilities & special needs
Fee: varies by program                   **Note: For some programs interviews are required.

Cristina & Friends
80 Lipton Lane                                                     Contact Person:
Williston Park, NY 11596                                           Evelyn Cortez, President
P: (516) 739-3237

Christina & Friends is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization established in 2000. The organization sponsors
recreational & therapeutic activities that provide children with an opportunity to develop friendships & gain a sense of
Resources: therapeutic horseback riding, swimming, art workshops, sensory sessions, alternative therapies, etc.
Population: children with special needs ages 2-18
Fee: No fee

District # 31 Challenger Baseball
45 Stillwater Ave.                                                 Contact Person:
Massapequa, NY 11758                                               Al Freise
P: (516) 541-4677

Resources: Sports
Geographic Area Served: Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh, Massapequa, Seaford, & Uniondale
Population: All boys and girls, ages 5 -21, while still in school
Fee: $15 spring program, $10 fall program (does not accept credit cards)

East Meadow Little League Challenger Division
P.O. Box 158                                                        Contact Person:
East Meadow, NY 11554                                               Lee Cook
P: (516) 481-0943                                                   E-mail:

Softball program for Special Needs Children and Adults with any disability, held at the East Meadow Little League
Baseball Complex, 90 Merrick Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11554.
Resources: Sports
Geographic Area Served: Nassau, Suffolk & Queens
Population: Children ages 12-16, young adults ages 17-21, & adults 21 and over
Fee: No fee

Eden II/Genesis Program
270 Washington Ave.
Plainview, NY 11803
P: (516) 937-1397

The mission of the Eden II/Genesis Program is to provide people with autism specialized community-based programs
& other opportunities, with the goal of enabling them to achieve the highest possible quality of living across their life
Population: Children ages 12 - adult

Family Project
Grand Ave Middle School                                             Contact Person:
2301 Grand Ave.                                                     Steven Rose
Bellmore, NY 1710                                                   E-mail:
P: (516) 992-1124

Recreation & social skills program meets Every Tuesday in January & February & 2 weeks in March
Resources: Support Groups, Music, Sports, Dance & Fitness Programs
Geographic Area Served: Bellmore, Merrick
Population: Special needs students, ages 12-17 & young adults 21 -24
Fee: No fee

Friedberg JCC
15 Neil Court                                                      Contact Persons:
Oceanside, NY 11572                                                Ann Harie Pedalino
P: (516) 766-4341                                                  E-mail:
Website:                                      Lindsay Maver

Resources: varies
Geographic Area Served: South Nassau
Population: Individuals with ADHD, ADD, DDD, Aspersers, Downs, Autistic, Speech Language Delays, & Learning
Fee: varies

Girls Fitness Club     Ezra Center for People with Disabilities
Who: Young ladies ages 16-24
When: 8 Wednesdays 4/22-6/10, 4pm-5pm
Fee: $80

Friendship Connection
17 Maple Dr.                                                       Contact Persons:
Great Neck, NY 11021                                               Jonathan Berent, LCSW
                                                                   P: (516) 872-9383
                                                                   Eli Ran Eliar, PhD
                                                                   P: (516) 422-4727

Resources: Socialization – therapeutic grant. Movie & Pizza night, board games, Super Bowl Party, Gym night, Arts &
Crafts, International Food Night, monthly support group meetings for parents of developmentally delayed kids, &
weekly meetings held at NYI of Technology in Old Westbury.
Geographic Area Served: NY Metropolitan
Population: Learning disabled, children 17-21 & young adults 21 & up
Fee: $250 per 14 sessions

Gersh Academy: West Hills Day Camp
150 Broadhollow Rd.                                                Contact Person:
Suite 120                                                          Sheryl Kleven
Melville, NY 11747                                                 P: (631) 385-3342 ext. 14
P: (631) 385-3342                                                  E-mail:

Resources: Summer camp offering 4-8 week sessions, full day programs from 9am-4pm, includes swimming, rock
climbing, miniature golf, music & drama, fishing/boating, soccer, softball, playgrounds, basketball, arts & crafts &
computer games with instruction.
Geographic Area Served:
Population: Children ages 5-13 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, aspersers syndrome, ADD, ADHD, OCD,
nonverbal learning disability & depression.

2206 Nicole Dr.                                                      Contact Person:
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11766                                     Carol Gagonin, President
                                                                     P: (631) 567-4030

Founded in 1972, HANDS provides emotional & practical support for adults & older youths with disabilities.
Resources: groups & socials
Population: Physically disabled adults, 21 & up
Fee: varies

Hannah Kroner School of Dance
1180 Willis Ave.                                                     Contact Person:
Albertson, NY 11507                                                  Hannah Kroner
P: (516) 484-5430

Resources: Dance & Exercise
Population: Children ages 9-15 with physical & mental disabilities
Fee: varies

Helping Hands Behavioral Outreach Inc.
191 Sweet Hollow Rd.                                                 Contact Person:
Old Bethpage, NY 11804                                               Vanetta LaRosa, PhD, BCBA
P: (516) 870-7826                                                    Denise Wright, Assistant Director
E-mail:                                           Lee Aiello, MA, BCBA, Program Coordinator
Website:                                   P: (516) 313-9294

Helping Hands Behavioral Outreach Inc. is a socialization program for children & teenagers with Autism &
Developmental Disabilities that relies on the power of peer mentors to teach social behaviors.
Resources: Saturday Socialization, Friday Night Hang Out, & other socialization programs
Population: Children ages 12-21
Fee: Varies by program

Hofstra University Youth Program
                   250 Hofstra University                             Contact Person:
                   Hempstead, NY 11549                                Terence Ryan, Director of Summer Camps
                   E-mail:                       P: (516) 463-CAMP
                   Website: CAMP                 Janice Sawyer, Youth Saturday Program
                   CLASSES             P: (516) 463-5993

Resources: summer camp & Saturday classes
Population: children ages 12-21 for camp, Saturday classes for young adults 16 & up
Fee: varies

HOPE Fitness
1784 Hempstead Turnpike                                             Contact Person:
East Meadow, NY 11554                                               H Greenberg
P: (877) 396-HOPE

The Mission of HOPEFitness is to bring fun & challenging opportunities in exercise to Youths & Adults with Intellectual,
Developmental & Physical Disabilities. HOPEFitness strives to improve the lives & general health of the Disabled
population by providing a customized exercise curriculum based on the needs & abilities of each individual client.
Resources: Fitness programs (aerobic classes, weight training, group fitness training, & personal (1 on 1) fitness
Geographic Area Served: Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens
Population: Individuals with all types of disabilities
Fee: $15 per visit. Sliding scale fee available.

Hooves for Hope
135A Middle Neck Rd.                                                Contact Person:
Sands Point, NY 11050                                               Johnny Ferrara, Cofounder, Executive Director
P: (516) 369-6689

Hooves for Hope is an equine program serving children with autism that was established by the Sonny Garguilo Riding
Center for Kids. It is strongly committed to enriching the lives of children with autism through equine-assisted
activities. Hooves for Hope provides a professional team of caring & well-trained individuals working together to help
children with autism benefit from the magical relationship between humans & horses.
Resources: equestrian programming
Population: Must be at least 5 years of age. Children with autism.
Fee: $510 for 6-session package, $640 for 8-session package, $900 for 12-session package. There is also an additional
cancellation/return check fee for $35.

Horse Ability Inc.
238 Round Swamp Rd.                                                 Contact Person:
Melville, NY 11747                                                  Katie McGowan, Executive Director
P: (516) 631-1646 or (631) 367-1646

Founded in 1993, HorseAbility is a non-profit organization with 501 (c)(3) status. HorseAbility is one of the only North
America Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Premier Accredited Centers on Long Island. HorseAbility’s
mission is to offer a wide range of horse-related programs to children, adults, & families with special needs to promote
the physical, psychological, emotional, social & spiritual well being of its participants. HorseAbility offers a wide range
of opportunities for clients including a Therapeutic Riding Program, Hippotherapy Program, one-week Summer Day
Camp, & an Equine Facilitated Therapy Program.
Resources: summer day camp, volunteer opportunities, respite programs
Population: Serves ranges from those who are physically challenged (e.g. people with cerebral palsy, multiple
sclerosis, & visual impairments), developmentally & cognitively disabled (e.g. people with Down Syndrome, Autism &
learning disabilities), & emotionally disabled (e.g. people with interpersonal difficulties & psychological impairments).
Children ages 12-17 & young adults 18 & up
Fee: varies

Independent Group Home Living Program, Inc.
221 North Sunrise Service Rd.
Manorville, NY 11949
P: (631) 878-8900

Independent Group Home Living Program, Inc.’s mission is to provide programs, services & supports for people with
developmental disabilities so they can realize their full potential as human beings & contributing members of their
Resources: Offers overnight freestanding respite houses, Saturday recreation, in-home respite, community recreation
habilitation, recreation travel program, Friday evening respite, weekend camp respite, OPTS program, family support
group, & community activities.
Population: Children ages 12-17 & young adults 18 & up

Kulanu Resources
68 Washington Ave.                                                   Contact Person:
Cedarhurst, NY 11516                                                 Johnathan Cooper, LCSW, Direction of Inclusion &
P: (516) 569-3083                                                    Community Services
E-mail:                                          E-mail:

Resources: Call for different programs
Population: children with special needs
Fee: varies

Lakewood Stables
633 Eagle Ave.
West Hempstead, NY 11552
P: (516) 486-9673

Lakewood Stables ltd. is a full service equestrian facility offering various levels of lessons, boarding, leasing & training.
The stables goals are to offer customers a great equestrian experience. Everyone is encouraged to experience an
unbelievable riding experience.
Resources: Therapeutic horseback riding, summer camp
Population: Children ages 12-17 & young adults 18 & up
Fee: Varies by program

Learning About Children with Special Needs & Jewish Tradition Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation
21 Old Westbury Rd.                                      Contact Person:
Old Westbury, NY 11568                                   Rabbi Michael Stranger
                                                         P: (516) 484-1545 ext. 196

Resources: Offers various programs for children with special needs.
Population: Open to all
Fee: No fee.

Life’s WORC
1501 Franklin Ave.                                         Contact Persons:
Garden City, NY 11530                                      Florence Faga, LCSW, Admissions Coordinator ext. 470
P: (516) 741-9000                                          E-mail:
Website:                                 Linda Renyi, LMSW, Admissions Coordinator ext. 271

Resources: Programming including Act One Dram Club, & Recreation
Geographic Area Served: Queens, Nassau, & Suffolk
Population: Ages 1- Adult with developmental delays. MUST meet NYS OMRDD criteria
Fee: varies

Act One Drama Club Garden City
Description: Children 8 to 12 & teens 13-17
When: Beginning first week of July 2009, eight weeks long. Days to be announced, 1x week, 4:30 – 5:30 pm & 5:30 –
6:30 pm

Recreation                       East Rockaway, Garden City & Dix Hills
Description: for ages 13 & older
When: Saturdays, year round, 11am – 4 pm – Each group meets 1x month

Long Island Blues Hockey
P.O. Box 344                                                   Contact Person:
Plainview, NY 11803                                            Neil Robbins
P: (631) 467-4926 or (516) 903-7319

Hockey deigned for kids with developmental disabilities.
Resources: hockey
Geographic Area Served: Nassau & Suffolk Counties
Population: Children ages 5-17 & young adults 18 & up

Long Island Jr. Soccer
101 Sunnyside Boulevard, Suite 555
Plainview, NY 11803
P: (516) 694-3567

Resources: recreational and travel soccer
Population: children 5 & up

Match Konnection: New Possibilities for Young Adults with Learning & Neurological Disabilities
P: (718) 548-1933                                        Contact Person:
Website:                         Myrna Zinn

Match Konnection is a not-for-profit organization created by parents for high functioning young adults who have LD,
ADHD, Autism, & Aspergers. Match Konnection began with parents, relatives & friends of people with these disabilities
coming together monthly for discussions & practical ideas to help better the social lives of their children. Their goal is
to provide a social organization with an educational base to young people with learning disabilities & neurological
Resources: Sponsoring events that young people would enjoy (concerts, actors, artists, musicians, & other social &
cultural activities)
Geographic Area Served: National
Population: MUST be 21 & up

Middle Country Library
101 Eastwood Boulevard
Centereach, NY 11720
P: (631) 585-9393

This library serves as a community resource database for those with special needs.
Resources: Database
Geographic Area Served: National
Population: All ages
Fee: No fee to use the database

Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center
45 Mannetto Hill Rd.                                                Contact Person:
Plainview, NY 11803                                                 Josh Henkel
P: (516) 822-3535                                                   P: (516) 822-3535 ext. 324

Resources: summer camp, teen groups & clubs
Population: children ages 12-17 & young adults 18 & up
Fee: varies

The Next Step (building basic leadership skills)
Description: Peer led/staff supervised. Includes discussion of teen issues & skill-building exercises to enhance self-
esteem. Teens also participate in community service Mitzvah Days.
When: Sundays 11:15-12:30 pm, meets weekly
Who: teens in grades 7-12
Fee: M $70      NM $103

Nassau Community College
Lifelong Learning                                                   Contact Person:
One Education Dr.                                                   Beth Hawley
Garden City, NY 11530
P: (516) 572-7472

Resources: More than 300 courses are offered including special programs for living, GED preparation, language skills,
dance, sports, recreation & entertainment, etc.
Geographic Area Served: Nassau County
Population: young adults 18 & up
Fee: Varies by course

Nassau County Police Activity League (PAL)
P: (516) 826-1760                                                   Contact Person:
Website:                                              Darlene Capobianco

Nassau County Police Activity League is a not-for-profit organization. PAL’s mission is to prevent juvenile delinquency
& aid in development of good citizenship through positive interaction of youths & police officers.
Resources: Sports programs throughout the Nassau County area including basketball, soccer, bowling, karate, fitness,
tract, baseball, lacrosse, etc.
Geographic Area Served: Bellmore, Merrick, Levittown, New Hyde Park, Wantagh & West Hempstead Locations.
Population: children ages 12-17 & young adults 18 & up
Fee: varies

New York Institute of Technology, Vocational Independence Program
300 Carleton Avenue                                    Contact Person:
Central Islip, NY 11722                                Cari Rose-Tomo
P: (631) 348-3134

New York Institute of Technology, Vocational Independence Programs mission is to maximize the potential of
individuals with learning differences by teaching skills & strategies & providing support necessary for successful
independent lives.
Resources: 7-week summer program
Geographic Area Served: Queens Nassau & Suffolk
Population: Ages 16-21, Young Adults 21 & over

North Shore Family & Guidance Hiking Program
480 Old Westbury Rd.
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577
P: (516) 626-1971

North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center is the pre-eminent not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long
Island. Dedicated to strengthening the emotional well being of children & families, the Guidance Center leads the way
in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, training, parent education & advocacy.
Resources: Hikes, challenging trails, outdoor activities to promote group membership, communication, enhance self-
esteem, self-confidence, & master social skills.
Population: children ages 11-17 & young adults ages 18-19
Fee: No fee

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc.
829 Old Nichols Rd.                                                Contact Persons:
Islandia, NY 11749                                                 Lisa A. Gatti
P: (631) 348-1389                                                  Lisa Sobarzo
E-mail:                                        Caroline Thompson

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian is a non-profit 501(c) (3) therapeutic horseback-riding program dedicated to teaching
horseback riding to individuals with disabilities.
Resources: Ongoing equine therapy
Geographic Area Served: NY Metropolitan Area
Population: All special needs population, children ages 12-21 and young adults 21 & up
Fee: Varies depending on program and individual. Sliding scale fee available.

Power Pals
4 Cedar Swamp Rd.                                                  Contact Person:
Glen Cove, NY 11542                                                Chris Speziali
P: (516) 359-7734

At Power Pals every child, each with unique array of talents & limitations, is fostered in a safe & comfortable classes.
Participants learn the fundamentals of a variety of sports as well as the basic concepts of muscular movements, which
will promote the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
Resources: Summer & afternoon recreation program for typically developing & special needs children. Daily curriculum
include kickball, soccer, t-ball, bike riding lessons, waterslides & slip-n-slide
Population: Children ages 12-17 & young adults 18
Fee: $35 for group sessions. $50 for private lessons. Advanced Registration Required.

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.
 116 E. 16th St. 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
P: (212) 677-4650

Resources shares knowledge & support to empower parents & other New Yorkers who care about young people with
disabilities. Founded in 1983, Resources for Children with Special Needs has grown to be the premier source of
knowledge & help with systems, programs & services affecting young people with disabilities in New York City.
Resources: Information for families & professionals, training workshops in both Spanish & English for families,
professionals, & community organizations, community events (annual Camp Fair), consultation & training services, etc.
Geographic Area Served: New York
Population: ages 3 & up, all disability types
Fee: varies

Samuel Field YM & YWHA
58-20 Little Neck Parkway                                         Contact Person:
Little Neck, NY 11362                                             Robin J. Topol, LCSW, Director of special Services
P: (718) 225-6750                                                 P: (718) 225-6750 ext. 259
Website:                                              E-mail:

Resources: summer camp
Population: Children ages 12-17 & young adults 18 & up
Fee: varies

Search Beyond Adventures
4603 Bloomington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
P: 1 (800) 800-9979

Founded in 1979, Search Beyond Adventures provides all-inclusive escorted vacations for travelers with disabilities &
special needs ages 17 & up.
Resources: All-inclusive escorted vacations
Population: Young adults ages 17 & up.
Fee: Prices vary from $895-$2995, depending on trip. For more detailed information on specific trip prices go to .

Sid Jacobsen JCC
Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Building                           Contact Persons:
300 Forest Dr.                                               Sharon Denison, MSW, Director of Special Needs
East Hills, NY 11518                                         Programming
P: (516) 484-1545                                            P: (516) 484-1545 ext. 148
Website:                                       E-mail:
                                                             Lisa Warren, LCSW, Director of Vocational Program
                                                             P: (516) 484-1545 ext. 786

For over 28 years, Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center has been a respected provider of programs for children,
youth, teens & young adults with special needs.
Resources: Day camp, sleep-away camp & vocation experience
Population: Children ages 12-17 & young adults 18 & up
Fee: Varies by program

Camp Kehilla Day Camp                                    Website:
Description: Camp Kehilla provides an emotionally safe environment for children with special needs who are not able
to meet the socialization demands of typical local day camps, but who are too high functioning for traditional special
education camps that service developmentally-challenged youngsters. Camp Kehilla’s goal is to provide an exciting &
positive summer experience, while maintaining gains made by each child as a result of his/her regular education.
Population: Ages 5-16

Kehilla Kayf at Round Lake Sleep-Away Camp                                  Website:
Description: Round Lake is a unique camp experience with over 25 years of experience serving children & teens with
ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome & mild social skill disorders. Round Lake’s Program of therapeutic recreation is
designed so that every activity – recreational, social & educational is planned to meet the capabilities of each child.
Population: Ages 7-18

Kehilla Vocation Experience                             Website:
Description: The Kehilla Vocation Experience gives campers with special needs who have ages out of existing camp
programs the opportunity to continue to grow with the JCC.
Population: Ages 17-21

Southhampton Fresh Air Home (SFAH)
                 36 Barkers Island Road
                 Southampton, NY 11968
                 P: (631) 283-1594

The Southhampton Fresh Air Home (SFAH) is one of the few residential camp facilities in the eastern United States
that accommodates severely as well as mildly & moderately physically challenged children. SFAH provides an
environment in which campers play, socialize, mature & develop physically, emotionally & psychologically. With its
unique atmosphere & varied programs, SFAH encourages self-confidence & new skills & attitudes, to enable its
campers to live more rewarding lives. During their time at SFAH, they will develop a sense of community, a sense of
belonging, & a sense of equality.
Resources: Sleep away camp for physically damaged children, June 28 to August 22
Geographic Area Served: National
Population: Physically challenged children ages 8–18
Fee: Scholarships available

Special Olympics – NY/LI Region
819 Grand Boulevard                                                  Contact Person:
Deer Park, NY 11729                                                  Tim Flynn, Director of Program
Website:                                   P: (631) 254-1465 ext. 15

Special Olympics NY Long Island’s mission is to provide year-round sports training & athletic competition of Olympic
style sports for children & adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical
fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, & participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, & friendship with their
families, other Special Olympics athletes, & the community. Its goal is to help bring all persons with intellectual
disabilities into larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected & given the chance to become
useful & productive citizens.
Resources: 21 Olympic-type sports
Geographic Area Served: Long Island
Population: Children ages 12-17 & young adults 18 & up
Eligibility: Individuals 8 & older, who have been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual
disability; or have a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measure; or have significant learning or vocational
problems due to a cognitive delay which require or have required specially-designed instruction.
Fee: No fee

893 Amsterdam Ave.                                      Contact Persons:
New York, NY 10025                                      Scott Randall, Program Director
P: (212) 222-9575                                       E-mail:
Website:                               Claire Zeaman, NYC Program Coordinator
                                                        Anthony Di Salvo, Director of Sprout Make-A-Movie Program

Founded in 1979, Sprout is an exciting & innovative organization that serves over 1800 people with special needs each
year. Sprout is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities &
mental retardation grow through challenging & safe travel experiences. Based in New York City, Sprout’s programs are
available to people with MR/DD & the agencies that serve them throughout the United States.
Resources: Vacation programs, Custom Design Trips, NYC Programs, Make-a-Movie Program, Film Festival, etc.
Population: Children ages 16 & up, young adults 21 & up. For vacation programs participants must be at least 21
years of age.
Fee: varies

Friends Academy                                                      Contact Person:
Locust Valley Duck Pond Rd.                                          Michael Trotta
Locust Valley, NY 11560                                              E-mail:
P: (516) 849-4040

Resources: socialization & recreation program
Population: Children ages 12-19 with Autism
Fee: varies

The STARS Recreation/Socialization Program meets every Saturday from 10AM – 3PM at the Friends Academy School
in Locust Valley. The program serves children with developmental disabilities from the ages of 5-21. The STARS
offers a well structured day and provides services in Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance and Movement and Adaptive

Physical Education. This is facilitated by a professional staff with years of experience in the field of developmental
disabilities. There are acres and acres of rolling hills, ball fields, an indoor and outdoor track, hiking trails, and a huge

STRIDE (Sports & Therapeutic Recreation Instruction/Developmental Education)
P.O. Box 778
Rensselear, NY 12144
P: (516) 598-1279

STRIDE was founded in 1986, its is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enriching the lives of
individuals with disabilities through sport & recreational opportunities. STRIDE’s primary efforts focus on directing &
providing enriching, recreational opportunities for individuals with
disabilities or other special needs.
Resources: Adaptive sports, golf, swimming, bowling, camping, & learn to ride a bike camp. Dance, sailing, Project
Fee: No fee

Summit Camp & Travel
                18 East 41st St., Suite 402
                New York, NY 10017
                P: (212) 689-3880

Summit Camp & Travel’s program is structured so that the campers receive regular instruction in the widest possible
variety of recreational skills, & are able to judge & appreciate their own progress. At the same time, this program is
flexible so that each child can pursue areas of individual interest. Through individual guidance & the maintenance of
realistic & consistent expectations, every opportunity for self-understanding, social development, the creation of
friendships, & for the improvement of interpersonal living skills is tenderly nurtured at Summit Camp & Travel.
Resources: summer camp & respite program
Population: Children ages 7-17 for camp & young adults 15-19 for traveling

Town of Hempstead ANCHOR Program (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps
through Organized Recreation)
630 Lido Blvd.                                     Contact Persons:
Lido Beach, NY 11561                               Joe Lenitni
P: (516) 431-6946                                  E-mail:
Website:         Mary Ann Hanson

Resources: Summer programs, sports, fitness programs, & drama
Geographic Area Served: Town of Hempstead
Population: children & adults with a wide range of disabilities. Children ages 12-21 & young adults 21 & up. MUST BE
Fee: No fee

Town of Hempstead Parks & Recreation
200 North Franklin St.
Hempstead, NY 11550
P: (516) 292-9000

Resources: activities for all seasons include sports, music, theater presentations & activities in various libraries
Geographic Area Served: Town of Hempstead
Population: All ages served. MUST BE A TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD RESIDENT
Fee: varies

Woodward Children’s Center
201 West Merrick Rd.
Freeport, NY 11520
P: (516) 379-0900

Founded in 1950, incorporated in 1957, Woodward Mental Health Center, Inc., also known as Woodward Children’s
Center, serves emotionally disabled children, ages 5-21. Woodward is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation.
Population: Youngsters 5-21 with a Primary Disabling Condition of Emotion Disturbance.
Fee: No fee

World Gym Kids
3738 Park Ave.
Wantagh, NY 11793
P: (516) 826-5555

Population: Children ages 8-14
Fee: varies

YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities
Long Island Respite                                                  Contact Person:
211 Old South Path                                                   Dennis Zettegren
Melville, NY 11747                                                   Norm Silverman, Camp Triumph
Website:                                                 P: (845) 358-5700 ext. 17

Since its inception in 1957, YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities Network has been a national leader in the
provision of services, education & training in the field of developmental & learning disabilities.
Resources: summer camp
Population: Children ages 12-17, young adults 18 & over
Fee: varies

Camp Triumph           Rockland County, NY
Camp Triumph is a six-week summer day camp program for individuals with learning and other developmental

Description: This camp is a program designed to encourage participants to make appropriate choices in day-to-day
activities. Campers participate in frequent trips that expose them to new experiences, build life skills & provide
opportunities to build positive friendships.
Who: Adolescents ages 12-17

Additional Recreation Resources:

OMRDD (Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabled)
415 Oser Ave.
Hauppauge, NY 11788
P: (631) 434-6100

Geographic Area Served: Nassau & Suffolk
Resources: Family Support Services Grant Programs
Population: Children ages 6-17 & young adults 18 & up

On the Internet:
Special Needs Camps & Special Needs Summer Camps
Online summer camp directory
Online camp directory for individuals with one or more of a wide range of special needs

Websites for sleep away travel camps:

Looking for information about camps & camping for individuals with disabilities?
Google these sites:
      2002 Summer Camps for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
      American Camping Association (ACA)
      Camp Channel
      Camps & Conferences Homepage
      Camps for Children with Diabetes
      Children’s Oncology Camping Association (COCA) International
      Directory of Summer Camps for Children with Disabilities 2002
      Epilepsy USA Camp Round-Up
      Kid’s Camps “Special Needs Camps”
      Summer Camps for Children with Physical Disabilities
      Summer Camps for Kids
      Therapy/Respite Camps for Kids


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