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									                                                       22
                                                     Years of
                                                      Caring




     Special Program and Resource Connection
        3045 Gomer Street • Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
 Tel: (914) 243-0583 • Fax (914) 243-3039 • www.sparcinc.org



          2010-2011
Social, Recreational and Therapeutic Services




 Improving the Lives of People with Special Needs
GREETINGS
Dear Friends and Families,

I am excited to present SPARC's 2010-11
services, our response to ongoing requests
from participants, parents and interagency
collaborations. It is amazing to see how we
have grown since 1989, filling the gaps to
accommodate all age groups over 4 years old                Business Address
and supporting a wide range of personal                    3045 Gomer Street
challenges. SPARC takes pride in being a              Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
grassroots organization, a place where you are
encouraged to express your ideas, concerns or                    Phone
appreciation. This is how we started and this                (914) 243-0583
is how we continue to evolve as an agency.
                                                                   Fax
                                                             (914) 243-3039
It has been so rewarding getting to know each
other more closely last season. So many of                    Website
you showed your support for SPARC by                       www.SPARCInc.org
participating in meetings, events and with
generous contributions. Your involvement                     Office Hours
makes all the difference in our ability to create   Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
programs that fit into our families' lives,
shaping the happiness and development of                    Administration
our participants. We have shared so many                 Rose Rothe, MA, CTRS
festive occasions and accomplishments with             Founder, Executive Director
par ticipants at par ties, events and                   Patti Colombo, MS, CTRS
performances, including: the "Red Carpet"                   Program Director
screening with SPARC's film production
workshop, Horseback Riding show, Please                   Jennifer Avitabile, MA
Give premiere, Hudson River cruise,                       Program Coordinator
Teen/Young Adult Family BBQ, 11th annual
Golf outing, creation of our family recipe book,            Katrina Klein, MA
teen raffle contest, wine-tasting gala and our            Program Coordinator
"We Fill the Gap" promo video. I look forward
to maintaining our relationships, both                Melinda Zappone, MS, MHC
                                                         Program Coordinator
personally and to stay in touch with how
SPARC can best serve your needs.                          Board of Directors
                                                               President
As always, I thank all who work so hard, with               Suzanne Chase
passion and dedication, to further SPARC's
success. And thank you for allowing us to be                  Vice President
part of your lives. I look forward to another                 Susan Morris
year of fun and friendship!
                                                               Arshad Bahl
                                                             Sharon Berman
                                                               Gayle Cratty
Warmly,                                                       Kate Greczylo
                                                             Virginia Norton
Rose Rothe, CTRS                                              Elyssa Rothe
Founder /                                                    Regina Servidio
Executive Director                                             Roger Vogt

                                                        Please call for information
                                      TABLE OF CONTENTS
CALENDAR AT A GLANCE..........................................................................................................2
WELCOME: Who we Are, Goals, Professional Team ...................................................................4
REGISTRATION INFORMATION
       Locations, Eligibility, Procedures, Fees/Scholarships ........................................................5
       Dismissal, Weather Advisory/Cancellations .....................................................................5
CUSTOMIZED SERVICES
      Contractual Group Home Programs ...............................................................................6
      Private Instruction /Therapy ............................................................................................6
      Pre-Schools/Early-Intervention ........................................................................................6
      After-School Programs ....................................................................................................7
      Autism Spectrum Services...............................................................................................7
      LINK-Up with SPARC .......................................................................................................7
YOUTH PROGRAMS AGE 4-12
       Club SPARC .....................................................................................................................8
       KIDZ Time........................................................................................................................8
       Making Strides ................................................................................................................9
TEEN PROGRAMS AGE 13-20
       Girl Talk..........................................................................................................................10
       Dinner Friends...............................................................................................................10
       Intro to Golf ..................................................................................................................10
       Teen Time......................................................................................................................11
       Film Fans .......................................................................................................................11
       Club SPARC ..................................................................................................................12
       Making Strides ..............................................................................................................12
       Film Production Workshop ............................................................................................12
ADULT PROGRAMS AGE 20 +
       Exploring Art .................................................................................................................13
       Create-a-Motion ...........................................................................................................13
       Music Lovers Society .....................................................................................................13
       Cooking Fun .................................................................................................................14
       Dinner Friends (young adults).......................................................................................14
       Terrific Times..................................................................................................................14
       Athletics .......................................................................................................................15
       Pet Connection .............................................................................................................15
       Intro to Golf .................................................................................................................16
       Active & Fit-On Your Feet Or In Your Seat ....................................................................16
       Social Club (young adults).............................................................................................17
       Social Circle ...................................................................................................................17
       Film Fans (young adults) ...............................................................................................18
       Film Production Workshop (young adults) ....................................................................18

SUMMER PROGRAM .................................................................................................................19
FRIENDS OF SPARC:
Volunteer/Board/Internship Opportunities ...................................................................................20
Wine Tasting Gala, Golf Outing ...................................................................................................20
Cookbook, SPARC Apparel, Goodshop, Website..........................................................................20
ENROLLMENT FORM: Participation/Photo Release, Registration Form ....................................23
    2010-2011 CALEN




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DAR AT A GLANCE




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WELCOME TO SPARC
SPARC, Inc., Special Program And Resource            OUR PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Connection, is a not-for-profit agency               IS JUST RIGHT FOR YOU
providing social, recreation and therapeutic         SPARC’s team of experienced, creative
ser vices for youth and adults with                  professionals is trained in specializations
developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989,         including therapeutic recreation, music
we are now entering our 22nd year of service.        therapy, art therapy, psychology, nursing,
                                                     special education and social work. We
SPARC helps enhance lives through satisfying         understand participants’ personal needs, the
leisure activities. We provide services to over      spectrum of functional abilities, learning and
1,000 individuals at more than 50 program            developmental disabilities, communication
sites throughout Westchester County. Our             disorders, medical frailty, seizures, allergies,
community program sites, trip opportunities          special diets, incontinence, adaptive
and local volunteers allow participants to           equipment, and sign language. SPARC staff is
develop a social network while strengthening         knowledgeable about individuals’
personal contributions and acceptance in their       social/emotional, physical, and medical
neighborhoods. SPARC programs improve the            concerns. Our specialists inspire participants to
lives of participants be enabling activities and     “reach for the stars” in a spirit of
interactions that capture individual talents and     encouragement, friendship and fun.
encourage each person to reach their
potential.

OUR GOALS
Every person needs time to relax, be with
friends, develop new abilities, and learn about
oneself. SPARC provides active, challenging,
and creative recreation for people with special
needs, as well as respite for their families. Our
specialists guide par ticipants through
enjoyable, goal-oriented activities as steps
towards developing behavioral, functional and
life skill goals. We provide support, instruction,
adapted materials and interventions for each
participant’s growth and success.

In a fun and joyful atmosphere, SPARC
programs foster:
  • community integration skills
  • decision-making and self-determination
  • problem solving in social situations
  • confidence and independence
  • socialization and new friendships
  • self-expression and communication skills
  • new interests and leisure skills
  • self-esteem and accomplishments
SPARC strives to be part of the rhythm of life for
each person who benefits from new skills,
favorite activities, and friendships developed in
our programs.

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    REGISTRATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
PROGRAM LOCATIONS                                     bookkeeping efforts. Please call (914) 243-
SPARC programs meet in over 50 community              0583 to inquire about scholarships, flexible
settings throughout Westchester. We are               payment plan or to request a financial aid
available to come to your site in surrounding         application if fees create a hardship.
counties, the Bronx and Manhattan. Facilities
are fully accessible.                                 Programs indicated by * in brochure receive
                                                      Medicaid respite funding. SPARC fees cover
ELIGIBILITY                                           program enhancements and additional
                                                      benefits. Fees are determined at 60%
SPARC welcomes and accommodates
                                                      required, 40% requested family contribution.
individuals with developmental disabilities. We
                                                      Medicaid regulations do not allow us to require
also offer “Kids Express,” a mainstream,
                                                      a mandatory donation and you have the right
inclusionary after-school program. Our staff:
                                                      to opt out. However, without continued
participant ratio is based on members’
                                                      family support in the same amount we have
functional abilities, is generally not suitable for
                                                      historically charged, programs expenses will
individuals requiring 1:1 super vision. We
                                                      not be met, thus jeopardizing our future ability
cannot support behavioral issues which create
                                                      to offer Teen Time, Social Club, Making Strides,
safety concerns. Each session is designed with
                                                      SPIRIT and other youth/young adult programs.
sensitivity to participants’ strengths, needs and
                                                      You are welcome to increase the amount of
compatible peers. Groups are co-ed, based on
                                                      your contribution should you wish.
age and capabilities. Membership is open and
equal regardless of residence.
                                                      Refunds for withdrawal are available up to 1
                                                      week prior to program start date; afterwards
ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES                                 cancellation fees may apply.
New participants must file SPARC’s registration
application prior to joining programs. An             PROGRAM DISMISSAL
interview will be planned with a Program              Pick-up is expected promptly at conclusion of
Coordinator to find the right placement for           activities. Staff commitments prevent extended
each applicant. Returning participants must           arrangements. Late arrivals will be charged
update registration forms annually with               $10.00 per 5 minute increments.
changes in personal or contact information
and signed authorization for recreation
participation. Returning group members                WEATHER ADVISORY/CANCELLATIONS
meeting deadlines have first choice should a          As program locations cover a broad
waiting list be necessary. The registration           geographic range, weather varies and may
deadline for Fall is September 1, and for Spring      cause cancellations in only some areas of the
is January 1; in general, 3 weeks prior to            county. Program cancellation notice will be
program start dates. If the deadline has              provided through email and telephone calls no
passed, please call to inquire about vacancies.       later than 3 hours prior to program schedule.
We will make every effort to accommodate              Information is also available on SPARC’s office
interested individuals.                               telephone answering machine (914) 243-0583.

PROGRAM FEES,
SCHOLARSHIPS, REFUNDS
Full payment of fees is required prior to
program start dates. Full year enrollment
guarantees your spot and assists our

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CUSTOMIZED SERVICES
GROUP HOMES                                                 for children to explore and learn about their
Programs tailored to your residents’ needs; in              world. SPARC programs give children
your home /center /school; your own schedule.               opportunities to enjoy themselves as they
                                                            develop basic functional and social skills. Our
At SPARC, we have built our agency on the                   professionals nurture each child’s creative
ability to be flexible and sensitive to the                 strengths, self-expression, social
concerns of individuals living in group                     awareness/interaction, and personal growth.
residences. SPARC’s 22 years of on-site                     Activity goals include: sensory integration,
programming to most group home agencies in                  communication and language skills, playing
Westchester makes this one of our most                      with others, body awareness, taking turns and
popular and successful services. Your personal              following directions
contract with SPARC will provide for:                       • Create-A-Motion: creative
• Our Recreation, Art or Music Therapists in                  dance/movement/drama.
  your home, center or school.                              • Magic of Music: musical activity through
• Program services provided weekly or at your                 instruments, rhythm and songs.
  preferred monthly schedule.                               • Art/Crafts: create projects with art materials
• Assurance of dependable activities without                  such as paint, clay, collage, and sculptures.
  the complications of transportation or staffing.          • Active and Quiet Games: group and
• Choice of any activity in this brochure and the             partner activities and/or table top games.
  opportunity to call and discuss other ideas.
                                                            ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFTER-SCHOOL
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION OR 1:1 THERAPY                          SOCIAL SKILL PROGRAMS

SPARC professionals offer a personal program                Kids Express: Our inclusionary, after-school
of 1:1 therapy, individualized or semi-private              recreation program for grades K-5 emphasizes
instruction for children or adults adjusting to             social skills while children enjoy creative, fun
social, cognitive emotional or physical                     small group activities. Our goal-oriented,
challenges. We provide assessment and goal-                 individualized plans facilitate development
oriented plans enabling participants to make                through team building games, unique crafts
a c h i e v e m e n t s a n d p ro g r e s s t h ro u g h   and role play. Kids Express is also available for
involvement in their special activity interests.            special education groups. Students learn
Weekly visits or other schedules are available to           about:
fit your personal lifestyle. Sessions can be in             • making and being a good friend
your home or our setting.                                   • dealing with social challenges
• computers/technology                                      • listening
• pet therapy                                               • sharing
• art (painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry,               • following rules
   ceramics, crafts)                                        • understanding and expressing feelings
• music (voice, instrument)                                 • self-awareness
• photography                                               • self-esteem.
• drama                                                     Our 12 week program meets fall and spring.
• yoga, sports, fitness, dance                              Kids Express is currently contracted to serve
• creative writing                                          students in the 14 elementary schools in
• cooking                                                   Lakeland, Somers, Hendrick Hudson and
• gardening                                                 Yorktown Central School Districts. Call us for
• or other activities of                                    information about your school.
   your choice.
                                                            Magic of Music: Our music therapist leads
PRE-SCHOOLS AND EARLY                                       this lively interactive program, involving
INTERVENTION                                                children in singing, movement and musical
A program designed for your specific site as a              games. SPARC’s individualized, goal-oriented
contractual service.                                        program fosters:
                                                            • receptive and expressive language
Early intervention addresses issues that affect             • social skills
the development of school–aged and younger                  • improve attention
children, taking advantage of every teachable               • encourage self-expression
moment. Play is the most natural experience                 Small classes allow children to enthusiastically

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Please call to discuss how we can bring these
services to you: (914) 243-0583.

explore rhythm and rhyme, percussion                          • appropriate ways for expressing and
instruments, and dramatic play. Songs and music                 handling emotions
are from popular, classical and world cultures.
                                                              LINK-UP with SPARC - Learning
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL AFTER-                                 Independence in the Community
SCHOOL RECREATION                                             For young Adults ages 18-35, New Daytime
                                                              Programming
After-school SPIRIT is a relaxed and fun time
for teens to “hang out” and socialize, while                  Are you finding that your young adult has
expanding safe coverage hours for busy                        more leisure time than anticipated upon
parents. This leisure education opportunity                   leaving the school system, staying home and
has been a lifeline for teens who have not had                lacking structure or companionship during the
an appropriate way to participate in the school               day? Our innovative pilot program guides
community after class hours. Students choose                  young adults who are transitioning from the
activities which empower them to make this                    school setting or need a supplement to part-
group their own and may include: games, art,                  time employment or an alternative to
music, movement, role-play, discussions and                   traditional day habilitation programs.
other typical teen interests and trends. SPARC
instructors facilitate:                                       This structured recreation and life skills
• leadership roles                                            program will be offered 3 morning or
• independence and confidence                                 afternoon hours, 2 days weekly as a pilot
• self-esteem                                                 program. Program growth will be in response
• social connections                                          to family interest. Our ratio of 1 professional
• dealing with social challenges                              and 1 assistant to 6 consumers supports
• new interests and leisure skills                            participants who have already mastered some
SPIRIT currently serves students in Eastchester               independence in community inclusion and
Union Free School District, in development for                seek opportunities for volunteer work and
Hendrick Hudson and Somers School Districts.                  other independent functioning. LINK-UP
Call us for information about your school.                    promotes life learning and experience in:
                                                              • community integration
                                                              • personal development
AUTISM SPECTRUM SERVICES                                      • use of leisure time
                                                              • socialization
Play is an important role in the lives of children            • community service
with special needs, through which they                        • pre-vocational skills
explore, understand and connect with the                      • travel training
world. Research indicates the most successful                 • money management
social skills programs occur in a natural                     • recreation activities.
e n v i ro n m e n t , w i t h c o n s i s t e n c y, a n d   Participant interest will determine a central or
intervention strategies that address individual               northern Westchester location, as well as the 2
skill deficits. SPARC professionals are trained in            day schedule and 3 hour time span. The cost
the unique needs of children with autism                      is $120 weekly with an option to register in 8
spectrum disorders (ASD.) Our Specialists                     week segments, starting Fall 2010. Please call
nur ture ever y child to feel safe and                        to get involved!
comfortable in a weekly structured program,
empowering children to trust and try new
things. While KIDZ TIME is exclusively for
children with ASD’s, we serve participants with
Asperger’s PDD and those with greater
challenges through many of our activities.
Activities offer opportunities for:
• gaining social skills
• increasing attention and focus
• dealing with winning and losing
• self-expression
• self-esteem
• play skills

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YOUTH PROGRAMS, AGES 4-12
SATURDAY
CLUB SPARC
Kids crave weekend play-dates but it’s not always easy for parents to make this happen. Not
every kid finds it easy to match up with peers and parents’ efforts to coordinate plans can be
challenging. Club SPARC offers small groups for children 7–11 years old, facilitating the formation
of rewarding friendships. Participants are matched together based on compatible interests and
social skills. Kids learn about making and being a good friend through the use of unusual team
building games, unique creative projects, role-plays, and many more group activities based on
their own interests. Forming and sustaining friendships, encouraging creativity and self-
expression, building conversation skills, expanding problem solving and decision making skills will
be encouraged while promoting new interests and enhancing self-esteem.
            Age:                Younger and Older groups for children ages 7-11
            Place:              Pace University, Pleasantville Campus
            Time:               10:00 am – 11:30 pm
            Cost:               $ 650 full year, $ 325 for 12 weeks
            Start Dates:        Fall:   10/2/10
                                Spring: 1/22/11




KIDZ TIME
Your child can find play a time for smiles, friends and fun! For some families, KIDZ TIME is the first
successful community recreation activity for their child on the autism spectrum. Children enjoy
specially designed creative music, art and games. SPARC Specialists, trained in interventions for
ASDs, assist children at their level of readiness in developing targeted skills through sequential
steps. Each child is guided to practice communication and self-expression, social awareness and
interaction, expressive and receptive language skills. In a positive, flexible environment, our goals
include: reducing frustration, increasing attention and focus, listening skills, taking turns, dealing
with winning and losing, alternatives to aggressive responses, making accomplishments and self-
esteem. For children who benefit from parent or sibling participation, they are encouraged to join
the fun. Parents may appreciate respite time during program or relax in our waiting area to
network with other parents and siblings.
           Age:               For children on the autism spectrum, aged 4-12
           Place:             Pace University, Pleasantville Campus
           Time:              10:30 am – 12:30 pm
           Cost:              $ 800 full year, $ 400 for 12 weeks
                              Siblings $ 400 full year, $ 200 for 12 weeks
           Start Date:        Fall:     10/2/10
                              Spring: 1/22/11
                              Summer: 6/4/11 $250 for 7 weeks Siblings $ 125

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  “While busy having fun, Ayaan is
  learning important skills adapted
  to his pace, that he absorbs into
  his abilities. For Ayesha, she see
  others like her brother, with
  special needs and children like
  her, helping, loving, coping and
  thriving in similar families.”
           - Taskeen Hamidullah-Bahl

MAKING STRIDES
Adapted horseback riding gives participants new skills, a sense of accomplishment and a love for
animals. Professional instruction in basic Western-style riding techniques helps riders gain
independence while improving balance, posture, self-esteem, and concentration. The stable, in
a beautiful wooded setting with a rushing stream, offers participants indoor and outdoor riding
facilities, opportunities to groom and feed horses and have lots of fun. Individualized riding
evaluation and goals are determined for each rider. The season culminates with riders and
families cheering each other on at our own special riding show event.
            Place:             Hollow Brook Riding Academy, Putnam Valley
            Time:              Riders assigned between 9:30 am– 12:00 pm
            *Cost:             $ 280 for 7 weeks,
                               $ 560/ $ 840 for multiple sessions
            Start Dates:       Fall:      9/25/10
                               Spring: 4/2/11
                               Summer: 6/4/11




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TEEN PROGRAMS, AGES 13-20
MONDAY
GIRL TALK
A group for girls to come and be empowered! Through weekly get-togethers, teens and young
adults will gather to openly discuss topics, both fun and serious, such as: fashion, relationships,
self-esteem, women’s roles, anger management, peer pressure, etiquette, body image, and
decision-making. This group provides a safe place for young women to connect with each other
to explore choices and consequences through discussion and interactive games.
          Place:              Local Cafe, Yorktown and White Plains locations
          Time:               7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
          Cost:               $ 370 for 28 weeks, $ 185 for 14 weeks
          Start Dates:        Fall:     9/20/10
                              Spring: 2/7/11


TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY
DINNER FRIENDS
Have a night out on the town enjoying dinner with
friends. What’s your favorite – Chinese, Italian,
Mexican, diners, or deli-style? We will sample new
restaurants and types of food each week. Restaurant
choice and location is determined by group
consensus twice a month. E-mail notification will
provide weekly directions for drop off at each location. Participants build independence as they
learn to manage money, understand safety and good judgment in the community, and interact
with one another during a meal.
          Place:              Restaurants, TBA, Selected by participant consensus
          Day:                Tuesdays (1st & 3rd of each month) Lower Westchester
                              Wednesdays (1st & 3rd each month) Northern Westchester
          Time:               6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
          *Cost:              $ 260 plus meal cost for 14 weeks, $ 130 for 7 weeks
          Start Dates:        Fall:   10/5/10 through 1/18/11
                              Spring: 3/1/11 through 6/21/11

WEDNESDAY
INTRO TO GOLF
Our golf pro gives personalized instruction in a small group lesson,
preparing you to understand and enjoy the game of golf. Learn
body mechanics and golf techniques such as your stance, pivoting
and swinging. Practice golf etiquette, picking out a club and finding
your way around the golf center. Become familiar with making your
way around the clubhouse and golf course. Practice on the driving
range and the putting greens then play one or two holes.
         Place:              Mohansic Golf Course
         Time:               7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
         *Cost:              $ 150 for 8 weeks
         Start Date:         Summer: 6/8/11 – 7/27/11


            “I think I made a new best friend tonight.”
10                                  - Marcus Hernandez
FRIDAY
TEEN TIME

Looking for friendship, excitement, and unique
activities? Spend your evenings hanging out with
other teens in this supportive, social environment!
Join trips, dances and parties, try art, games or
community service projects, talk about teen
concerns, engage in teambuilding activities, bring
your own CD’s, have a snack, make a meal and
help plan activities wherever your imagination
takes us! Trips may include: bowling, mini-golf,
Battle of the Bands, dinner, movies, arcades,
theatre, swimming, summer cruise, baseball
game, nature walk, sports clubs, and festivals! SPARC specialists support leisure education, stress
management, independence, self-expression, development of socialization skills and attitudes to
make leisure time enjoyable.
           Place:             Yorktown Community and Cultural Center
                              Ardsley Middle School
           Time:              6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
           *Cost:             $ 550 for 30 weeks
           Start Date:        9/24/10 -6/3/11
                              Summer: 7/5/11-8/4/11, Tuesdays and Thursdays
                              Summer Cost: $ 200 for 5 weeks, 2 x a week


SATURDAY
FILM FANS
Do you love going out with friends on Saturday nights, catching a movie and gabbing over
dessert? Then Film Fans is the place for you! We have a night out on the town once a month
to see a movie chosen by the group. After the film, we’ll hit a nearby restaurant for some yummy
treats and SPARC’s group leader will facilitate a lively discussion and movie review. Build
independence as you learn group decision making, money management and social conversation
skills.
          Place:            White Plains or Cortland Manor locations
          Time:             6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
          *Cost:            $ 175 plus movie & dessert for 8 weeks
          Dates:            1x monthly 10/2/10, 11/6/10, 12/4/10, 1/8/11,
                             2/5/11, 3/5/11, 4/9/11, 5/7/11




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TEEN PROGRAMS AGES, 13-20
CLUB SPARC (for younger teens)
Teens crave weekend get-togethers with friends but it’s not always easy for parents to make this
happen. Not every teen finds it easy to match up with peers and parents’ efforts to coordinate
plans can be challenging. Club SPARC offers small groups for young teens 12– 15 years old,
facilitating the formation of rewarding friendships. Participants are matched together based on
compatible interests and social skills. Teens learn about making and being a good friend through
the use of unusual team building games, unique creative projects, role-plays, and many more
group activities based on their own interests. Forming and sustaining friendships, encouraging
creativity and self-expression, building conversation skills, expanding problem solving and decision
making skills will be encouraged while promoting new interests and enhancing self-esteem.
            Place:              Pace University, Pleasantville Campus
            Time:               10:00 am – 11:30 am
            *Cost:              $ 650 for 24 weeks, $ 325 for 12 weeks
            Start Dates:        Fall:     10/2/10
                                Spring: 1/22/11

MAKING STRIDES
Adapted horseback riding gives participants new skills, a sense of
accomplishment and a love for animals. Professional instruction in basic
Western-style riding techniques helps riders gain independence while
improving balance, posture, self-esteem, and concentration. The stable, in
a beautiful wooded setting with a rushing stream, offers participants indoor
and outdoor riding facilities, opportunities to groom and feed horses and have lots of fun.
Individualized riding evaluation and goals are determined for each rider. The season culminates
with riders and families cheering each other on at our own special riding show event.
           Place:              Hollow Brook Riding Academy, Putnam Valley
           Time:               Riders assigned between 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
           *Cost:              $ 280 for 7 weeks, $560 / $840 for additional sessions
           Start Dates:        Fall:      9/25/10
                               Spring: 4/2/11
                               Summer: 6/4/11

FILM PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
(for independent, older teens)
Enjoy instruction in technical and creative movie making
skills from SPARC’s professional producer/editors, while
enjoying a social group of friends. We film neighborhood
events, our own biographies, create fictional scripts, do
movie reviews, make music videos and conduct interviews.
Develop skills in camera work, lighting, props, editing
studio, directing, critiquing and being on camera (optional.)
Our own “Red Carpet Event” invites friends and families for a gala showcase of our filmmakers’
work. Past on-location shoots included: farmer’s market, historic art district, political candidates’
forum, Guiding Eyes, Leo’s car wash, fundraising walk, ham radio convention and more. Share
your creative accomplishments with family and friends on DVDs or
www.YouTube.com/SPARCIncTV.
           Time:               10:30 am - 12:30 pm
           Place:              Pace University, Pleasantville
           *Cost:              $ 600 for 28 weeks, $ 300 for 14 weeks
           Start Dates:        Fall:     9/25/10
                               Spring: 2/12/11
                               Summer: 6/11/11, $ 160 for 6 weeks

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                                    ADULT PROGRAMS AGES 20+
MONDAYS
EXPLORING ART
Here’s the place to let your creativity flow! Explore both sophisticated art supplies and everyday
crafts in unique ways. Your self-expression and artistic experience are as valuable as the
wonderful project you take home each week. This is a great time for those just starting to
“dabble” in the arts or more experienced artists. Projects are based on your interests and can
include: holiday crafting, stenciling, ceramics, soap making, mobiles, woodwork, planters,
centerpieces, jewelry making, paper mache, scrapbooking, sculpture, printing and more. You will
be amazed at what you can do!
          Place:              P/NW BOCES, Yorktown
                              South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry
          Time:               7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
          Cost:               $ 185 for 14 weeks, $ 370 for 28 weeks
          Start Dates:        Fall:        9/20/10
                              Spring: 2/7/11
                              Summer: 7/11/11, $ 90 for 7 weeks

CREATE-A-MOTION
Tap your feet, lift your arms, twirl and enjoy life through creative
movement and music! Enhance fitness, self-esteem and confidence using movement as an
expressive, joyful way to develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate the imagination and
relate to others.
           Time:             10:00 am - 11:00 am, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
           Place:            United Methodist Church, Peekskill
           Cost:             $ 185 for 14 weeks, $ 370 for 28 weeks
           Start Dates:      Fall:     9/20/10
                             Spring: 2/7/11

MUSIC LOVERS SOCIETY
Sing-along, dance and play percussion instruments in
our high energy, interactive, joyful music program.
Activities encourage social connections, improved
receptive and expressive language, communication
and musical self-expression. Share your enthusiasm
through dance, performing a solo, help to choose
musical selections, as well as learning new songs.
Look forward to lively theme night festivities with our
own special “Elvis” and more.
           Time:            6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm, 7:30 pm– 8:30 pm
           Place:           Yorktown
           Cost:            $ 185 for 14 weeks, $ 370 for 28 weeks
           Start Dates:     Fall:     9/20/10
                            Spring: 2/7/11
                             Summer: 7/11/11, $90 for 7 weeks

 “Our consumers like to experience new things and visit friends living in other
 group homes -- SPARC programs offer those opportunities. SPARC staff do a
 terrific job interacting with the consumers and involving them in activities.”
                                 - Julie Cook, Opengate ICF Program Coordinator               13
ADULT PROGRAMS AGES 20+
TUESDAY
COOKING FUN
A tasty class for people who love to cook and those who love to learn. Develop food preparation
techniques, gain shopping experience with special trips to a local grocery store, learn about
kitchen safety, taste new foods and collect recipes for your favorite snacks, meals, desserts, salads
and ethnic cuisine. Use these skills in your home to treat family and friends to delicious recipes.
           Time:              7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
           Place:             1st Presbyterian Church, Yorktown
                              Lower Westchester location TBA
           Cost:              $ 185 for 10 weeks, $ 370 for 20 weeks
           Start Dates:       Fall:      10/5/10
                              Spring: 3/1/11

DINNER FRIENDS (for young adults)
Have a night out on the town enjoying dinner
with friends. What’s your favorite – Chinese,
Italian, Mexican, diners, deli-style? We will sample
new restaurants and types of food each week.
Restaurant choice and location is determined by
group consensus twice a month. E-mail
notification will provide weekly directions for drop
off at each location. Par ticipants build
independence as they learn to manage money,
understand safety and good judgment in the
community, and interact with one another during
a meal.
           Place:               Lower/Mid Westchester Restaurants, TBA, Selected by participants
           Time:                6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
           *Cost:               $ 130 plus meals for 7 weeks, $ 260 for 14 weeks
           Start Dates:         (1st & 3rd Tuesday each month)
                                Fall:      10/5/10
                                Spring: 3/1/11

TERRIFIC TIMES
Sing, create art projects, enjoy games and special celebrations during this evening of adapted
recreation and socialization. Program rotates with music one week and creative recreation
activities the next. This supportive program guides participants to practice communication, social
awareness and interaction, expressive and receptive language skills. Participants look forward to
fun weekly activities, while gaining basic skills and personal development.
            Place:            P/NW BOCES, Yorktown
            Time:             7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
            Cost:             $ 185 for 14 weeks, $ 370 for 28 weeks
            Start Dates:      Fall:      9/21/10
                              Spring: 2/8/11
                              Summer: 7/5/11, $ 90 for 7 weeks




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WEDNESDAY
ATHLETIC CLUB
Enjoy being part of our skills-based athletic club and explore a variety of recreational sports and
active games while meeting new friends, having fun and keeping physically fit! Warm-up, drills
and adapted games include basketball, baseball, soccer, track, hockey, volleyball and more.
Participants need to be able to follow directions and engage in team activities.
          Place:               P/NW BOCES Gym, Yorktown
          Time:                7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
          Cost:                $ 185 for 14 weeks, $ 370 full year
          Start Dates:         Fall:     9/22/10
                               Spring: 2/9/11

MUSIC LOVERS SOCIETY
See description on Monday
          Place:             South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry
          Time:              6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
          Cost:              $ 185 for 14 weeks, $ 370 for 28 weeks
          Start Dates:       Fall:     9/22/10
                             Spring: 2/9/11
                             Summer: 7/6/11, $ 90 for 7 weeks

PET CONNECTION
Share your love while learning to care for our DELTA certified dogs. Trainers from HEART (Human-
Animal Educational And Relational Therapy) and their therapy pets offer you a special animal
friendship in your life. Group activities include walking dogs, giving commands, playing Frisbee
or fetch, as well as 1:1 time for each participant and dog. We will also enjoy varied animal theme
activities: cooking dog biscuits, a calendar collage, dog monopoly, puzzles, and more.
            Place:             Yorktown High School
            Time:              7:00 to 8:00 pm
            Cost:              $ 90 for 7 weeks, $ 180 for 14 weeks
            Start Dates:       Fall:     9/29/10 - 12/15/10
                               Spring: 3/2/11 – 5/18/11

DINNER FRIENDS (for young adults)
See description on Tuesday
          Place:           Northern Westchester Restaurants, TBA, Selected by participants
          Time:            6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
          *Cost:           $ 130 plus meals for 7 weeks, $260 for 14 weeks
                           (1st & 3rd Wednesday each month)
                           Fall:       10/6/10
                           Spring: 3/2/11



  “Since my daughter started SPARC she is a different person. She is very
  sociable, looks forward to every week and has made friends that will last
  her a lifetime. Thank you for making our children feel good about
  themselves and for such a wonderful staff.”
                                                          Francesca Falciano                   15
ADULT PROGRAMS AGES 20+
INTRO TO GOLF
Our golf pro gives personalized instruction in a small group lesson,
preparing you to understand and enjoy the game of golf. Learn
body mechanics and golf techniques such as: your stance, pivoting
and swinging. Practice golf etiquette, picking out a club and finding
your way around the golf center. Become familiar with making your
way around the clubhouse and golf course. Practice on the driving
range and the putting greens then play one or two holes.
         Place:              Mohansic Golf Course
         Time:               7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
         *Cost:              $ 150 for 8 weeks
         Start Date:         Summer: 6/8/11 – 7/27/11

THURSDAY
ACTIVE & FIT - ON YOUR FEET OR IN YOUR SEAT
Exercise adaptable for beginners or experienced gym members! Get a total body workout sitting
or standing while having such a good time it won’t feel like work at all. Learn a variety of popular
fitness techniques including stretching, aerobics, Pilates, yoga, use of elastic bands and hoops
and stress-relieving relaxation exercises. Open to all who bring a desire to stay in good health
while having fun with friends in a lively class!
          Place:               Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, Hartsdale
                               P/NW BOCES Gym, Yorktown
          Time:                6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
          Cost:                $ 185 for 14 weeks, $ 370 for 28 weeks
          Start Dates:         Fall:     9/23/10
                               Spring: 2/10/11

TERRIFIC TIMES
See description on Tuesday
          Place:              P/NW BOCES, Yorktown
          Time:               7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
          Cost:               $ 185 for 14 weeks, $ 370 for 28 weeks
          Start Dates:        Fall:     9/23/10
                              Spring: 2/10/11
                              Summer: 7/7/11 $90 for 7 weeks




 “It was breathtaking to watch Dom tonight as he persevered getting to the
 tee to hit his ball, never once thinking about the rough terrain or his walker.
 He swung and then hit the ball feeling it was the opportunity of a lifetime
 and it was truly overwhelming for me as his parent to watch!”
                                                                  - Cindy Lanza


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FRIDAY
SOCIAL CLUB (for young adults)
Looking for a great time on Friday nights? The Social Club is where it’s at for young adults in their
20’s. Discover this social “oasis” to meet old and new friends, listen to music, try new activities,
enjoy discussions, games, snacks, parties and be a part of the community. This is a supportive
environment to learn leisure skills, practice independence and develop leadership. Monthly trips
may include: movie and dinner nights, bowling, theatre, golf, billiards, swimming, hiking,
summer cruise, baseball game, sports club and wherever your imagination takes us!
          Place:              Yorktown
                              Ardsley Middle School
          Time:               6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
          *Cost:              $ 550 for 30 weeks
          Start Date:         9/24 – 6/3/11
                              Summer: 7/5/11-8/4/11, Tuesdays and Thursdays
                              Summer Cost: $ 200 for 5 weeks, 2 x week

SOCIAL CIRCLE          (for young adults)
The Social Circle is where it’s at for young adults in their 20s and 30s transitioning from living at
home to residential placement. Have a typical experience socializing with peers at the end of the
week. Meet with old and new friends, listen to music, try new activities, enjoy discussions,
games, arts/crafts, community service projects, snack preparation, parties, and trips. Be part of
the community in a supportive environment with guidance in leisure skills, independence,
community integration and money management. Trips may include: movie and dinner nights,
bowling, golf, billiards, a sports club and more of your choice!
         Place:                 1st Presbyterian Church, Yorktown
         Time:                  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
         Cost:                  $ 550 plus trip fees for 28 weeks
         Start Date:            10/1/10 - 5/20/11
                                Summer: 7/5/11-8/4/11, Tuesdays and Thursdays
                                Summer Cost: $ 220 plus trips for 5 weeks, 2 x week




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ADULT PROGRAMS AGES 20+
SATURDAY
EXPLORING ART
See description on Monday
          Time:              10:30 am - 11:30 am
          Place:             Yorktown High School
          Cost:              $ 185 for 14 weeks, $ 370 for 28 weeks
          Start Dates:       Fall:     9/25/10
                             Spring: 2//12/11

FILM FANS (for young adults)
Do you love going out with friends on Saturday nights, catching a movie
and gabbing over dessert? Then Film Fans is the place for you! We have
a night out on the town once a month to see a movie chosen by the
group. After the film, we’ll hit a nearby restaurant for some yummy
treats and SPARC’s group leader will facilitate a lively discussion and
movie review. Build independence as you learn group decision making,
money management and social conversation skills.
         Place:              Cortlandt Manor and White Plains locations
         Time:               6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
         *Cost:              $ 175 plus movie & dessert for 8 weeks
         Dates:              1x monthly 10/2/10, 11/6/10, 12/4/10, 1/8/11,
                              2/5/11, 3/5/11, 4/9/11, 5/7/11

FILM PRODUCTION WORKSHOP (for independent, young adults)
Enjoy instruction in technical and creative movie making skills from SPARC’s professional
producer/editors, while enjoying a social group of friends. We film neighborhood events, our own
biographies, create fictional scripts, do movie reviews, music videos and conduct interviews.
Develop skills in camera work, lighting, props, editing studio, directing, critiquing and being on
camera (optional.) Our own” Red Carpet Event” invites friends and families for a gala showcase
of our filmmakers’ work. Past on-location shoots included: farmer’s market, historic art district,
political candidates’ forum, Guiding Eyes, Leo’s car wash, fundraising walk, ham radio convention
and more. Share your creative accomplishments with family and friends on DVD’s or
www.YouTube.com/SPARCIncTV.
            Time:             10:30 am - 12:30 pm
            Place:            Pace University, Pleasantville Campus
            *Cost:            $ 300 for 14 weeks, $ 600 for 28 weeks
            Start Dates:      Fall:     9/25/10
                              Spring: 2/12/11
                              Summer: 6/11/11, $160 for 6 weeks




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                                          SUMMER PROGRAMMING
SUMMER PROGRAMMING
Summer activities are offered during June, July and August. Descriptions can be found
throughout the brochure in each age division, with details of summer dates, costs and locations.
Weather permitting; activities take advantage of nature and outdoor opportunities where
suitable.
          Youth:                     KIDZ TIME
                                     MAKING STRIDES
          Teens and Young Adults: TEEN TIME AND SOCIAL CLUB
                                     FILM PRODUCTION
                                     INTRO TO GOLF
                                     MAKING STRIDES
          Adults:                    SOCIAL CIRCLE
                                     TERRIFIC TIMES
                                     MUSIC LOVERS SOCIETY
                                     EXPLORING ART




  “Rachel's all about the friends.
  She gets the opportunity to
  socialize with old friends she
  doesn't see at school anymore
  and meet new friends at the
  parties and dances which are
  great fun for her.”
                          Judy Flamm


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FRIENDS OF SPARC




VO LU N T E E R / B O A R D / S T U D E N T                GOLF OUTING
INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES                                   June 15, 2010 will be a great day on the
Are you looking for a way to contribute your               greens at Mahopac Golf Club. Fundraising
time and energy to improve life in your                    supports SPARC trips, scholarships, dances,
c o m m u n i t y ? S PA R C v o l u n t e e r s f i n d   special events, adaptive materials and other
involvement with our participants extremely                vital programs.
rewarding. Taking part in our programs is fun,
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High school and college internships are                    The SPARC cookbook is a delicious opportunity
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clinical training. Adult volunteers participate in         participants through their favorite recipes.
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                               Testimonials
“So glad Gabriella had a positive experience; I know of no better program for
kids in our community than SPARC.”
                         - Bruce Apar, Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation


“We parents do not call or mention it often, but there is definitely a place in
heaven for you! And, here on earth, we are so grateful.”
                                                                            - Pauline


“I cannot begin to express the joy and happiness Magic of Music brings to Nia
and the emotion that brings up in me to see the spark in her eyes and smiles
each week she participates.”
                                                               - Olga Velazquez


“I love SPARC because we do different, cool stuff every time and I love all my
friends at Teen Time.”
                                                                     - Louis Milone


“Ryan's favorite day of the week!”
                                                                        - Sue Morris


“What a great opportunity for my son to have his Friday evenings "out" just like
typical teenagers!”
                                                                   - Amy Singer




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                        REGISTRATION FORM
            REGISTRATION DEADLINE: (please call for late openings)
                       FALL PROGRAMS - SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
                      SPRING PROGRAMS - JANUARY 15, 2011
             All information is required – Please fill out form completely.
Name: _______________________________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________________________
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Birthdate:_____________________________________________________________________
Parents/Guardians/House Manager: _______________________________________________
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Parent Employers: M____________________________ & F_____________________________
SS# ____________ - ________ - _____________ Medicaid #__________________________
Physical Exam Date: ____________________________________________________________
Day Program/School/Job: ________________________________________________________
Disability: _____________________________________________________________________
Medications: __________________________________________________________________
Self Care Needs: _______________________________________________________________
Allergies:______________________________________________________________________
Adaptive Equipment: ___________________________________________________________
Seizures:______________________________________________________________________
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Verbal: _______________________________________________________________________
Concerns: ____________________________________________________________________
More about participant: _________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
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 and given emergency medical treatment in case of injury. I grant permission for
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 services. Check if you do not want photo used _____, do not want name used
 _____. This signature is valid for ongoing enrollment in SPARC programs unless
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 participant agree to indemnify, release and hold harmless SPARC, its officers,
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 arising out of, or which may result from such participation.

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 Signature: _____________________________________________________________

 Date: ________________________________________________________________

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2.                                     ___Full Year
                                       ___Fall
                                       ___Spring
                                       ___Summer
3.                                     ___Full Year
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