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  1. Debby Quashen
    April 20, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I’d like to know if you have any Asperger’s social skills groups for adults?

    • April 21, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Unfortunately I’m no longer in the NYC area, but I would check with YAI – i think they’ve had Aspergers social skills groups in the past and they’re a wonderful organization.

      • Debby Quashen
        April 21, 2015 at 11:09 am

        Your focus is on those 17 and under, no one is doing anything for adults. I’ve already tried YAI which has been around for decades. They don’t have anything that comes close to what I’m looking for. It’s fine to provide help to children, but what about adults who were not so lucky and are not being offered the same help and opportunity to receive help, because either no programs exist, are outside the local or they simply can’t afford the cost? I’m very discouraged everyone I’ve contacted either tells me the same thing or doesn’t bother to respond. Do you have any idea how it feels to have someone just blow you off? I’m not from Manhattan, I’m from Brooklyn. My Email address is Social isolation can be a terrible thing if you don’t have anyone including family.

      • April 21, 2015 at 11:36 am

        I promise I’m not blowing you off. It’s not a social skills group, but a wonderful, amazing social and creative outlet I can refer to you for adults with any disability is Daniel’s music foundation. I think their site is and I can’t say enough about how amazing they were for my teenage son and how much we miss them. Classes and membership are free, and the adult groups were very active and friendly. Hope this helps, I’d be happy to look into more opportunities and I’ll get back to you with more info. Your input is valuable and as my son, who is on the spectrum and very social, gets older I understand and appreciate your concern.

  2. sandra vicente
    July 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    hi,my name is sandy,and i have been trying to get help for a bike for my son,he has multible disabilitys,he was born,1pnd,4oz,he is 8yrs old now.everytime he see his brothers,or family ride there bikes he cries,because he wants to ride.i feel so bad,because i cant afford to get him a bike he needs.can you please help me with info to get him one.thank you so email address

    • December 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Special Cycles for Special Needs
      At Worksman, we believe everyone should enjoy the same opportunity to get out and ride! We are proud to offer safe, stable and stylish choices for riders of all levels of ability, providing riders a new form of mobility, exercise, and freedom to explore the community. As therapeutic tricycles, our diverse array of products help young riders improve their motor skills and endurance. In addition, riding is fun and offers the opportunity for inclusive play. For care givers, the use of a tricycle will provide the clinician an age-appropriate, safe, dynamic modality for improving balance, coordination, and strength. Tricycles help to build self-confidence and allow riders a feeling of self-mobility often not gained from the regularly used assistive device. The multiple adjustments and accessories that these cycles offer makes them valuable additions to the medical therapy selection of therapeutic devices used to further develop the functional skills of the people they serve.

      Please SCROLL DOWN the page to view our diverse product offerings. This is a long page with a great deal of photos and information available to you. THANK YOU!

      Worksman Cycles also offers our friends with special needs, and their families, one other great benefit: the gift of affordability. Unlike manufacturers who only make cycles for riders with special needs, Worksman refuses to charge outrageous prices simply because the cycles are “specialty” products. Worksman is America’s largest and most respected Adult Tricycle manufacturer and many of our standard models are ideal for riders with special needs. For those with additional requirements, we offer many different versions and options. Our new line of tricycles for children with special needs adheres to the same philosophy of building great tricycles at fair prices.

      Product Specs and Helpful Hints! — (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view file)

      Feel free to call us at 888-3-WHEELER so we may assist you.

  3. April 11, 2013 at 10:38 am

    My son Marquis is alot like Neli…he is young, autistic, black, a male and also has been arrested and jailed. Now, Marquis has been committed to an abusive state institutiion and he feels like he is in prison. He has been repeatedly assaulted, neglected and abuse and is frequently tied to a bed in his room. As his mother, I am seeking your support for Marquis and this petition, please read Marquis’ story, sign and share.

  4. Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.
    March 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.

    After more than 24 years as Program Director of Social Services and Training Coordinator of Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc., I have now transitioned to the next phase of my career-that of consultant and independent trainer.  Please feel free to call upon me so you can utilize my years of expertise, training skills and passion for imparting valuable information, strategies and motivation to families and staff.  It would be my pleasure to provide your families and staff with my services. Please contact me to arrange for a session at your site.

    Workshops for Parents of Children with Disabilities and
    Professionals who Provide them with Support


    “Needs, Wants Wishes and Dreams: Programs and Services that Bring Relief to Parents of Children with Disabilities”

    Parents of children with disabilities are confronted on a daily basis with many stresses that can lead to: abusive behaviors, emotional turmoil, family chaos and in some cases family dissolution. This workshop will take participants through a journey of realization that there are indeed programs, services, systems and strategies that can help parents of children with disabilities feel supported and empowered to bring up their child or children with disabilities in a safe and nurturing environment.

    The workshop can be done in one session or broken up into sub topics covering specific social service needs such as: Respite, Recreation, Benefits and Entitlements, Child Care, Support Groups, Housing, Transportation, Financial Aid, Advocacy Strategies, Legal Help, Laws that Protect the Rights of Families, Future Planning, Guardianship. Participants will certainly be given the opportunity to raise their own issues and share so feedback can be provided.

    The session (or sessions) is presented in an interactive manner respecting and welcoming participant’s involvement. Each participant leaves the session with a comprehensive packet of information that can hopefully provide future relief and hope for a bright, supportive future in which the child with disabilities can grow and develop reaching his/her potential. Every child with a label of disability, has strengths and abilities. That reality can be better realized when a family is linked with support services.

    Come and share your own Needs, Wants, Wishes and Dreams!

    Summertime and the Living is Easy: Summer Options for Children with Disabilities

    School is out, now what! Parents of children with disabilities need to know about their options when it comes to summer programs that will provide an appropriate experience for their children. This session will cover such issues as:

    What questions do I need to ask the summer program in order to determine if it meets the goals that I would want for my child during the summer?
    How do I prepare my child with special needs for a summer program?
    Day programs vs. Sleepaway programs
    Mainstream programs vs. Special Needs programs
    Financial Aid to pay for camp
    Summer Remedial Programs
    Specific quality summer programs serving NYC children with disabilities
    How do I find those camps?
    Where do I find Summer Camp Fairs so I can meet the staff?

    We All Belong!

    This workshop, designed for mainstream program providers, gives a multi-sensory experience taking participants on a journey of sensitivity and understanding so they are better prepared to include children with disabilities. It will cover issues such as:

    How to sensitize all staff and children in your programs to the concept of inclusion: We all have differences and in many ways we are all the same. We all have skills, talents and strengths and we all have areas of need.
    What are the various types of disabilities and how do they impact on the functioning of the child in our program?
    Where to obtain greater skill competency in working with a wide variety of children.
    Expanding the view of your program to be more holistic in its purpose: giving information out on a regular basis that supports all types of families.
    Develop a better understanding of your own vulnerability so that compassion toward others must be nurtured.

  5. Lisa
    March 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Not sure if you guys heard about this yet – babysitting for children with special needs.

    • Sandy
      March 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Great service – many thanks!

  6. Joe Reddy
    February 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Hi all – i have been working with a young man – 18 yrs old who is both vision impaired and MR. We have been running together once or twice a week for several months. We hare participated in several 5ks. I was wondering if other people with similar experience might be able to help me overcome a problem. In races he runs very well for between 1 & 2 miles, but then generally starts to shut down on me. I know from some training runs that he is quite capable of more, but outside of the very first race, he has done this each time. I spend most of the last half of the distance pulling, pushing, cajoling, wheedling, whining and sometimes yelling to keep him moving. He always finishes, but it requires a lot of effort on my part and I feel he could easily do better.

    • February 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Do you participate in Achilles, or have any contacts there? I imagine they must run into issues often enough to have some good advice!

  7. Jose Herrera
    September 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    My developmentally delayed son told me he was pinched by his paraprofessional. I looked at his arm and found a dark, thumb sized bruise. I went to the school looking for answers and was basically told “kids lie”. The para has yet to contact me. I want her removed asap. What should I do? Feel free to email me off list if you have any experience or advice to offer.

  8. Irene
    June 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Hi I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of a (reasonably priced) adapted dance program, as well as a social group for girls in The Bronx or Manhattan area. My daughter is a very girly, home schooled, 8 year old who is diagnosed with PDD-NOS. She’s already involved in swimming, and Girl Scouts (she’s a 2nd year Brownie, and I’m the co-leader) but I need to find a group that is a little more adapted for her socially. Thanks


  9. william greenberg
    May 31, 2012 at 8:51 am

    i have a 9 year old boy who was born with a birth defect of his spinal cord which has resulted in him being paralyzed below his waist. yet, he is very active in sports, particularly ice (sled) hockey and track & field. we live in manhattan. we are particularly looking for players, less than 18, for our new NYC-based kids sled hockey team. please email me if interested (

    • May 31, 2012 at 8:58 am

      That sounds really interesting! Are you looking to create a team or does one already exist? Please keep us posted as your plans progress.

      • July 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

        update: we now have 25 physically disabled kids on our roster and are going to split into two teams. our goal is to have even more players and to form our own nyc-based sled hockey league. please email me if you are interested. check out our website at

      • July 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        Wow I am so totally interested in that for my 12 year old – when is the season and where do you meet?

      • July 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        lots to write. can we talk on the phone? pls email me your phone number at and ill call you.

  10. Yesica
    May 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Hi, I am looking for dance classes and social skill classes for my daughter. she is 6 years old. It can be in the Bronx or manhattan .

    Thank you

    • May 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Did you see my summer activities word doc – I think there are a couple of things like that, and know we have our own little social group that meets all summer, though it is not official or formal in any sense. Email me if you want me to send the doc to you via attachment. You might also try

  11. Jessica
    March 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Hi I’m looking for a sensory gym for my 2year old he is autistic. He already receives therapy I’m looking for a sensory gym me and my husband can take him so he could enjoy. I would like to know if you know of any places like that

    Thank you

  12. Meri Krassner
    April 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    There is a website that describes itself as
    “A Social Network for Special Needs” and has many kinds of resources for all sorts of special needs. It’s worth checking out.It’s:


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