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Cross Island YMCA Programs for individuals with Special Needs for all ages!:

Summer Camps – We host camps that are geared for children with physical and developmental disabilities.  The main goal of our camp is to fully integrate our children with special needs into our typical day camp setting. Camp days include swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, sports and other recreational activities. Children with Physical Challenges receive wheelchair accessible transportation, adaptive physical activities and equipment.  A fulltime nurse is also present both onsite and on field trips outside of the Y for children who require special care like catheterization and/or medication administration. This camp has one coordinator and a minimum of five personal assistants that are available for every 10 campers.  This camp is subsided through the generous support of Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation. Over 60 children with disabilities are served in our Cross Island YMCA Summer Day Camp.

After school for special needs middle school at IS 224  -  This Y After School program includes: Y specialists who facilitate physical fitness, arts, character development, and team building activities.  An Educational Coordinator who develops lesson plans and ensures that the activities are in line with Common Core and the day school curricula, and work with the school and Y staff on student progress, a Behavior Specialist for Middle School programs, to develop and support incentives for youth.  Participation parent/guardian/family events. Y staff are within DOH ratio (ages 6-9 years old is 1:10 and ages 10+ is 1:15).  Wednesday and Thursdays 2.20-5.30pm.

Private ½ Hour Swimming Instruction for youth – This program is taught by specially trained aquatic staff and personalized to suit the needs of each individual.  Scheduled at the child’s convenience, and coincides with a children’s group swimming class this class is offered in eight week sessions; once per week.   This program currently runs with a 2 year wait list.  

Inclusion in School age Child Care - Our teachers welcome children in a warm and safe, licensed environment. With a wide range of activities to stimulate children's creativity, self-esteem, and independence, our YMCA values-based program helps young children learn the essential social, physical, and intellectual building blocks. Children with special needs in our Early Childhood programs receive an Individual Educational Plan.  We utilize this plan with an outside provider to avail services such as speech, physical, and/or occupational therapy during school time.  Our teachers keep in contact with both the parent & therapist.   

Inclusion in Aquatics & Gym / Swim Classes - This physical fitness program is designed to encourage our children to enjoy using their bodies, learn to move correctly, and develop self-confidence through physical activity. The primary objective is to develop the child’s motor skills in the gym and pool while teaching the basics of gymnastics and swimming. Through this class the child and parent become aware of how to be safer both on dry land and in the water. Activities are based on the developmental abilities of the child.
 
Respite for Elementary Age Mentally Challenged Children – This 3 hour program engages mentally challenged children with gym activities, swimming, arts and crafts and snack time.  This program is geared to children who can follow simple directions. This program runs Saturday’s Sept—June. 

Respite for Mentally Challenged Teens and Adults – We provide 3 hours of fun, fitness and skill enhancing activities; calisthenics, volleyball, T-ball, basketball, swimming and water games, etc for ages 16 to 45 years. This program runs Saturday’s Sept—June. 

Instructional Water Exercise for Adults with Disabilities – This program enhances physical fitness, maintain/improve muscle tone and improve flexibility, enhance balance and coordination.  Program can be modified to suit individual needs.  Instruction is provided as well as time to practice.  This program is offered twice per week for one hour plus an additional day/hour for recreation. 

Arthritis Water Exercise – With gentle movements performed in warm water this class helps to increase or maintain range of motion, strengthen muscles and enhance overall fitness. Each exercise is designed to help a specific joint and its surrounding muscles. This program runs two hours a week year round.  30 adults are served in Arthritis Water Exercise Class.

Zumba® for Teens & Adults w/Developmental Disabilities - ZUMBA® is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness program. The routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. This class is modified especially for individuals with disabilities.  This class meets once a week year round. 

Special Olympics Training – Sports vary throughout the year and include swimming, tennis, track and field, basketball, bocce, and hockey. Training is two hours per week plus competitions. Over 50 athletes participate in Special Olympics.

Greenkill Trip – Weekend trip to YMCA Camp includes hiking, boating, nature study, crafts, sports, evening social and cafeteria dining.  Trips are twice per year via bus. 

Special Events are held throughout the year - Summer Picnic, Halloween Social, Valentine Social, Holiday Luncheon and Fundraising bowl-a-thon.  

We are proud of working with our ongoing partnership agencies:

Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation, QSAC, MS Society, Arthritis Society, NYC Board of Education, NYC Parks Dept., AHRC, AABR, Queens Center for Progress, Services for the Underserved, Young Adult Institute, Bernard Fineson Developmental Center, and Shield institute.

 

If you have any questions regarding any of the above mention programs please call or email our Special Needs Directors:

Jean Dattner | 718-551-9325 | jdattner@ymcanyc.org
Dianne DiPeri | 718-551-9319 | ddiperi@ymcanyc.org