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Special Needs Dance Classes for NYC Kids

NYBG Meetup Details And Other Upcoming Events

We plan to head to the family garden around 1:30 to play and will be there until at least 3:30pm. If you come make sure to wear clothing you don’t care about because you may be getting dirty! And if you haven’t been here before, the gardens open much earlier so feel free to get here beforehand to explore or to enjoy lunch in one of the cafes (soups are usually very good). Though we’ve been here a dozen times already we still haven’t managed to see the entire grounds – that’s how big they are!

This Thursday we hope you can join us at Highbridge pool for a free swim. Though security is known for being a little over-the-top, they have been very lenient with James and the Olympic sized 1-2ft pool has been a true gem for all of my kids (there is also an enormous 4-10 ft pool for more proficient swimmers).

Saturday we will be attempting to see the newest Ice Age movie at 10:00am at the 84th Street AMC Lowe’s theater. It’ll be our first time taking all 3 kids to a movie, but seeing as how the movie is sensory-friendly we figure what better time to try?

Lastly, please make a note that the Chuck E Cheese meetup has been moved from July 25th to the 23rd at 10:00am.

I’m working on the August calendar this week – if you have suggestions or requests for a meetup please email them to me by Friday if possible.

 

Please Make A Note: April 29th Meeting POSTPONED, New Meeting Date May 18th!

I can’t believe it, but this Friday, April 27th, is NOT our final meeting at PS 163 of The Foorce.

It has come to my attention that several popular special needs programs will not have their summer schedules for 2012 ready in time for this Friday’s meeting. In order to have adequate time to prepare and to provide the best range of information possible, the meeting this Friday has been rescheduled for May 18th, 2012 at 9:00AM.

The meeting will be all about special needs summer activities and camps – I’ve collected more than a few over the last couple months of camp fairs and conferences and I’m looking to share. Attendees will also have an opportunity to find out about and sign up for the casual social group that has met weekly for the last 3 summers – absolutely free and a great social outlet if your child isn’t booked up for the summer.

Anyone and everyone with a special needs friend or loved one is invited to join us – the meeting will be from 9:00am until everyone leaves and small children are welcome (I’m bringing 2!). As usual, the meeting will be held at PS 163 (corner of W. 97th and Amsterdam) – exact location TBA.

Hope to see you there, on MAY 18th!

Last Chance! Online Registration For Special Needs Baseball Ends Tonight (includes discount code for new members)!

Passing along this important message from Head Coach Jim:
Reminder:  Today is last day for on-line sign-up!
Little League will allow us to continue our long-standing tradition of accepting and processing paper applications on the field at start of season (and during the season).  But… online is a lot easier on everyone who makes this all-volunteer organization run.
Please: Go to www.westsidebaseball.org and REGISTER NOW!
PS:  Only if you are in Challenger division and new to Little League, you can automatically waive the $75 late fee by using code WSLL75

Special Needs Events Around NYC – February 2012

And I thought there was a lot to choose from in January! Though this collection is only a small sliver of what is being offered around NYC in February, I hope to see you at many of the unique events and opportunities listed below:

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February 3, 2012 (click the link below)

Next meeting of The Foorce at PS 163 – do not miss this special event – it’s FREE (and awesome)!

Alternative Medicine Approaches for Special Needs and Yoga Relaxation Session

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Achilles Kids Super Bowl Fun Run
Saturday, February 4th
JCC: 334 Amsterdam @ 76th Street
9:30 am – 12 noon
 
Are you ready to rumble???  Wear your NY Giants Blue or YOUR team colors and come ready to run down the “field” and score a touchdown!
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Achilles Kids February Fun Run
Saturday, February 25th
JCC: 334 Amsterdam @ 76th Street
9:30 am – 12 noon
 
February sure is a busy month! Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day…. We’re going to pack a ton of holiday celebrations into one mega event! Join us!
For more information, please call 212.354.0300

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Reelabilities – February 9-14, 2012

NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

Reelabilities Festival – click here for details!

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YAI Autism Family Support Services

2/16, 2/23 and 3/1 from 10am-12pm

3 session series on yoga and relaxation

  • Pre-registration is required by calling YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.
  • Parents and caregivers only! No children please.
  • Location: 460 West 34th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Structure: 1st half (Presentation), 2nd half (Support)
  • Fee: None!

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How to protect your adult child legally and financially
Thursday, February 16 7-9:00PM
JCC Manhattan
Join Andrew Cohen, Esq. and Mitch Weisbrot, CLU for an informative seminar that addresses the legal and financial preparations crucial to safeguarding assets, benefits and rights for your special needs child. Andrew and Mitch are fathers of children with disabilities. Their personal experience and professional expertise enable them to help other parents navigate the confusing and emotional aspects of estate planning to best serve the interests of each special needs individual. Topics of Discussion: • Government benefits for persons with disabilities • Estate planning and special needs trusts • Guardianship – why it’s important to establish this duty and authority • Transitioning to the workforce or a day habilitation program • Housing options • Legal quandaries – contracts, credit cards, crime, etc. • Marriage and children
$20.00 Member
$25.00 Nonmember
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For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

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Tech Kids Unlimited: A Mini-Tech Workshop for Kids with Special Needs 
Ages 8-15
Explore the magical world of I-stop animation. Students will work with an artist-in-residence specializing in digital animation to develop their own storyboards, shoot their work and create their own animations. If your child has previously taken this workshop, he or she will work on more advanced animations.

Wed, Feb 22, 2-6 pm
Thu, Feb 23, 3-6 pm
Fri, Feb 24, 11 am-2 pm
$245/$255

For more information or to register, please contact

Beth Rosenberg at brosenberg@jccmanhattan.org.

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AMC SFF Films – February 25, 10:00AM – Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Go to http://www.amctheatres.com/sff/ to find a participating theater near you.


Top Ten: Favorite Extracurricular and Social Activities For Special Needs Kids in NYC

January 25, 2012 1 comment

Disclaimer: This “Tuesday Top Ten” was bumped (rudely shoved) to Wednesday for the first time ever thanks to Beth Israel Medical Center, where we spent 5 hours in transit/waiting and 10 minutes with an actual doctor yesterday.

Moving on…

I’m almost hesitant in posting this week’s Top Ten because I don’t want people crowding up all of my favorite activities, but my altruistic nature has won so you are about to benefit from my experience, trials and errors, hours spent googling “special needs activities NYC” and not least of all my frugality (a fancy word we like to use for cheapness). In fact, many of the activities listed below are among my favorites because they are quality programs at low or no cost, though the ones that do cost a few more dollars are certainly worth it if they’re on the list!

There are obviously a bunch of other amazing activities and experiences in the city that didn’t make my Top Ten, but IMO it’s a pretty good problem to have such a large pool of choices! To clarify, the programs on this list are all extracurricular activities that include social interaction and meet regularly (so one-time events, general public venues and private lessons were not considered).

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1. Daniel’s Music Foundation: Take it from a music teacher, this one is far and away the best introduction to music you can make for your special needs child (or adult). Not surprisingly, there is a waiting list and altruistic though I may be, I’m not giving up my spot! This amazing program runs from September through May, offering music classes for all ages and abilities. If you haven’t already, read one of my many admiring posts about the Trush family (founders) and their fantastic foundation. Cost, free.

2. West Side Baseball (Registration ends on Tuesday, January 31st!) The Challengers division is open to children with any disability, ages 5-18. This program runs April through June and meets in Riverside Park – we’ve enjoyed 3 seasons and are looking forward to our fourth! Cost, $150 (scholarships available).

3. Safe Haven Hoops: for children 5-18. This program runs December through March. **Though the season is underway, special needs players can register anytime during the season for the Champions division. Cost $120, scholarships available. Thanks to this wonderful program, James has shown remarkable improvement in shooting baskets and not crying when others shoot baskets.

4. WSSL: Special needs soccer for ages 5-18. The VIP division meets September through November at the North Meadows in Central Park. Cost, $150, scholarships available.

5. Fitness For Focus: Special needs martial arts classes for kids ages 4 and up. Sessions available year round at 2 locations. There are free trial classes being offered January 29th and 30th! Email senseiglenn@fitnessforfocus.com for more details or to register for a free trial. Cost, varies (early bird registration discounts offered).

6. Adaptive Swim Lessons provided by NYC Parks – though we have only participated during the summer, there are opportunities year round throughout the city. In fact, free adaptive swim lessons and aquatic exercise therapy (for up to 12 people at a time) are being offered this Winter/Spring for anyone interested, including special needs school or adult groups, at locations in all five boroughs. For more information please call 718-760-6969 or email Victor.Calise@parks.nyc.gov.

7. Achilles Kids –  offers a school program and an extracurricular year round program that meets every other Saturday. Saturday sessions include training activities that integrate free-play, games, and nutritious snacks to make the experience fun and provide racing opportunities. Even better, the entire family can participate.

8. Adaptive Track and Field program provided by NYC Parks –  for kids ages 5-16 with (and without) physical and developmental disabilities, offered in multiple locations citywide. What’s really neat is the big integrated track meet at the end of the summer at Icahn Stadium (with many adaptive events), which was a really great experience for James to participate in (except for the starting gun). Even more appealing, the schedule is very flexible – we did once a week but could have done more. All of the equipment and t-shirts are provided. And, it’s free! Go to http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/pdfs/cityparks_Trackbrochure.pdf for last year’s information – I’ll post 2012 info when I get it!

9. Special Needs Aquatic, Cultural and Athletic Programs at Riverbank State Park. To me, this one is such a hidden gem, not just for the special needs population but for anyone with young children who doesn’t want to pay Manhattan prices for Manhattan classes. As noted in their program guide, “the physically challenged can participate in most of the free programs, activities, and classes. They may receive daily discounts or free admission.” However, there is a plethora of activities and classes for “special populations,” no matter what the disability (or age). Costs are low or free. Click the link to browse the Riverbank State Park Fall/Winter Program Guide 2011-2012.

10. KEEN – a national, nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. Neither income nor the severity of a child’s disability is a barrier to joining a KEEN program. This program meets on select Saturdays around the city and is open to athletes 4 to 21 years of age. For more info call 212.768.6785 or email info@KEENnewyork.org.

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Okay, now don’t all go register for everything at once!

Did I miss your favorite? Did I get someone’s contact info wrong? Please leave it in the comments section.

Special needs baseball, basketball, and soccer leagues added to Websites and Resources!

I can’t believe it took me so long to put up our favorite sports leagues on Wesbites and Resources. I guess we’re so busy playing in them that I forgot about advertising them, plus I almost hate to let the cat out of the bag.

Soccer is wrapping up today, basketball season starts December 3rd, and baseball registration opens up Dec. 1st for the Spring 2012 season. See my previous posts or go to Websites and Resources for more info on all of these amazing leagues!