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We Need Your Help – It’s Not Too Late To Support Or Join Our Team For the Central Park Challenge!

This is just a gentle reminder that our team, The Foorce, will be participating in the 2012 YAI Central Park Challenge for our third consecutive year on June 2, 2012, and we need your help to reach our goal!

We’ve been fortunate to have a great support system for James, including many people and programs in the city. We have been truly inspired by the work of the YAI Network and the difference they make in the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities each day. Children and adults with disabilities rely on the YAI Network for basic services such as preschools, health care, housing, job training and more in order to reach their fullest potential and be active members of our community. We have also had a wonderful experience dealing personally with them as we continue to work on finding services for James.

There are several ways you can support us:
1) by joining our team – anyone is welcome, and when I say anyone I mean any age, ability, friends, family and strangers alike. To join, go to and click on the button that says “join team.”
2) by donating to our team – ANY amount is greatly appreciated by us and by the YAI. To donate to our team, please go to and click on “Support the Foorce!”
3) by cheering us on, in person or in spirit. Well wishes, happy thought and prayers are always appreciated 🙂
Still not feeling motivated, need more convincing? Please allow me to redirect you to the following link (there are free food offers inside this link, I promise).
The Top Ten Reasons To Join The Foorce 2012:

We hope to have our biggest team yet this year – remember that this event is incredibly family friendly with events for children as young as 2 and walkers/runners of ALL ages and abilities. Each year we have so much fun and love meeting new people – feel free to invite your own family and friends to join us as well! Again, if you are unable to join us but would like to support us please visit our team website – – every dollar is appreciated more than you know!
If you have questions or trouble with the site, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you from all of us for your time, generosity and consideration as we support a cause near and dear to our hearts.
The Searfoorce Family

More Fun Achilles Events and Races – September and October 2011

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Achilles Kids
Back to School & Heroes Fun Run
Saturday, September 10th   9:30 am
Jewish Community Center

334 Amsterdam Ave. @ 76th Street
Start off the school year with a backpack full of school supplies!
Join us THIS Saturday for a fun-filled event!

For more information, please call 212.354.0300 or email us at

Directions: #1, 2 or 3 train to 72nd St.
Walk NORTH four blocks on Amsterdam Ave to the JCC.

Saturday, September 24th
Fifth Avenue & 82nd St.
(at steps in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Registration: 8:30 am 
AGES 8 – 14 years ONLY!


1. The NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile is a very exciting ONE MILE RACE down Fifth Avenue. It can be walked, but it IS one mile. Fifth Avenue will be lined with spectators cheering for the kids – so it’s a great event for our older kids to experience.

2. This world class race is a New York Road Runners event with NUMEROUS race heats for various age groups throughout the morning. That being the case, NYRR sticks to a very tight schedule and the races go off like clockwork.

PLEASE allow extra time so you can get there early or you WILL miss the race.
(and we don’t want THAT to happen!)

Saturday, October 1st
Central Park: 72nd Street, Band Shell Area
Registration: 9:30 am
Race Start: 10:30 am

FROM EAST SIDE: #6 train to 68th Street. Walk to 5th Avenue, enter park at 72nd St. Walk towards the middle of the park along 72nd st. CROSS East Drive and follow the 72nd St. Transverse across the park til you see the Bethesda Fountain on your right. Entrance to the Band Shell area will be directly opposite the fountain, on your LEFT.

FROM WEST SIDE: #1 to 66th St or 2, 3 to 72nd St. Enter park at W. 67th St. Cross West Drive and follow path (just to the north/left of Sheep Meadow) across the park to Band Shell area.

Achilles Kids
42 West 38th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10018
T: 212.354.0300
F: 212. 354-3978

More Achilles Events August 13 and 27 – Free Fun for the Whole Family!

Achilles Kids Upcoming Events
Achilles Kids Super Summer Fun Run
Saturday, August 13th

Jewish Community Center

334 Amsterdam Ave. @ 76th Street

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Directions: #1 2, or 3 train to 72nd St. Walk 4 blocks NORTH on Amsterdam to the JCC.

For more information, please call us at 212.354.0300 or email us

Hope to see you there!

Achilles Kids Back To School Fun Run

Saturday, August 27th

Jewish Community Center

334 Amsterdam Ave. @ 76th Street

9:30 am – 12 pm

Achilles Kids | 42 West 38th Street, 4th Floor | New York, NY 10018T 212.354.0300 | F 212.354.3978

A Special Day For Special Kids at West Hills Day Camp on July 30, 2011

June 16, 2011 2 comments

As summer approaches I have spent more and more time looking for fun activities and events near NYC for James, and last night I stumbled across this one – it looks promising.

Below is a description of the event as well as a map of the grounds, taken from the site

The 7th Annual Special Day for Special Kids (SD4SK), being held on Saturday July 30, 2011 at West Hills Day Camp, is excited to bring you a Summer Festival like no other. SD4SK is dedicated to children with special needs, a place where children of all ages, with autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD, OCD, and other related neurobiological disorders, can feel comfortable enough to let go and just have fun in a safe environment. While these Special Kids are enjoying the many activities being offered, we will be bringing information and resources to parents and professionals in the field. Years prior, we have welcomed over 500 patrons to this event, and this year, we expect even more. 


The site has many more details about the big day including a list of expert presentations – some of the experts will speak about life care planning, ABA therapy, motor speech disorders, due process rights at school and government benefits.  The stage schedule varies from reptile shows to dance performances. Ticket prices are very reasonable, and even less $$ if you buy them online.

July Excursions, Adventures and Other Less Exciting But Equally Fun Gatherings of The Foorce

The schedule for July is below!! If you simply can’t wait another second scroll right down to it and start filling in those blank spots on your calendar. Just do it in pencil because I am still waiting to hear about James’s summer swim schedule, and you guessed it, the two aforementioned doctors’ appointments are still flapping in the wind.

If you’re still reading, I just want to take a second to clarify the whole “group” thing. I have received quite a few emails about how to “get into the social group” or “sign up for meetings” or “is there space left to join the summer group.” I’m flattered, really, and a little sorry to tell you – it’s not that exclusive. In fact, anyone can come – just part of what makes the get-togethers so exciting. Though the group is centered around special needs families, you don’t have to have a special needs family member to “get in.” Friends, family, neighbors, classmates, anyone you think might be interested is welcome to come – any age, disabled or not. The point behind this group (for me) is to provide social and fun opportunities that are inclusive to everyone. With the spread we have in our house, you know I mean everyone.

Here’s where it gets a little bit official, though. If you signed up for the mailing list OR subscribed to this blog you will get reminders and more details as events draw nearer – you don’t need to do anything else. You will also be asked to RSVP for some meetings, especially if they involve group discounts or bringing food (nothing worse than showing up with 3 dozen brownies for 2 kids who can’t eat chocolate). If you want to receive reminders but haven’t signed up or subscribed, sign up or subscribe. Email me if you’re confused now – we’ll work it out.

Without further adieu, I present the (tentatively) amazing July schedule (subject to all kinds of change):

July 5* – Potluck picnic at the Hudson “Swing a Ring” Beach ( 1p.m. Bring sand toys and lawn games!

July 9* – Relax by the Natural History Museum sprinklers, 12 noon.

July 14* – Boat Basin Cafe for lunch followed by sprinklers at the Classic Playground (near 79th and Riverside on the water) 12:30pm

July 17 *- New York Botanical Gardens – hands on exhibits in the Family and Children’s gardens, 1p.m.

July 20 – New York Science Museum including the Science Playground and Rocket Park Mini Golf, 11:00a.m.

July 23 – V&T Pizzeria for lunch (110th and Amsterdam) followed by Morningside Park’s very cool playground (near 117th and Morningside) 12 noon.

*Locations may be changed due to inclement weather.

June summary: DMF at Brooklyn Cyclones, Coney Island (22), Achilles 5M Race, Central Park (26)

August sneak peek: Police Museum, Bronx Zoo, BounceU, beach trip, and Central Park Brass kids’ music series.

I hope to see you at one or all of these events this summer!

Brooklyn Cyclones Game + DMF Performance = Another Fun Family Event: Only 50 Tickets Left

We participated in this event twice last year and are excited to be able to do it again in a couple of weeks. I was sure James would freak out going down on the field to sing the anthem in front of so many people, but with the help of some friends (and some very cute cheerleaders) he had a fantastic time!

The setting doesn’t hurt, either. The Brooklyn Cyclones play in Coney Island and their stadium has an ocean view. Add to that the beach, aquarium, boardwalk and even a circus nearby and you could make a day of it – it’s a Wednesday, so not a crowded day, either. And, the stadium is an easy subway ride so no rush hour traffic to worry about. Unfortunately the game this year is at 7:05pm on a school night, so we may have to miss a little bit of school that day (or to sleep in the next day) but I’m sure the kids will live.

DMF sings the anthem on the field before the game and then we all stay and have a blast in a section together. There are only 50 tickets left at the price listed below, but I’m sure you could get tickets on your own as well. If you would like to order tickets or find out more, see the email copied below:

To our friends,

Hope all is well!

Just a reminder that Daniel’s Music Foundation will be singing the National Anthem again at the June 22nd Brooklyn Cyclones game (starts at 7:00PM). Last year was a memorable evening and we decided to do it again and the Cyclones agreed!

The cost of each ticket is $16 and we have only 50 tickets remaining out of 250!  One of our members, Artie Elefant is coordinating this effort. Please contact him directly or on his cell phone at (917) 328-1352 if you are interested in joining us. And of course, you can always contact us at

We look forward to to seeing you there! Play ball!

Warm regards,

Daniel, Ken, Nancy and Mike

Hope you can make it to this unique, fun opportunity!

Family Connect for a Promising Future on June 10th, 2011

I don’t know who to thank for sending me information about this conference below but I sincerely appreciated the flyer (thanks!).

This event looks like it will be excellent, and there are free raffle giveaways, breakfast and lunch provided, and Metro cards for families and caregivers on top of the guest speaker and topics listed below! And, it’s FREE! You can register online to attend at or by calling 718-436-7979 ext. 704.

Please join us for our FREE conference Family Connect for a Promising Future.  We will be providing families and professionals with information and resources for children with developmental disabilities.

Friday, June 10th, 2011
8:30am – 2:30pm
Baruch Performing Arts Center
25th Street between Lexington & 3rd Ave

Keynote Speaker: Adine Ray Usher, Ed.D.
Consultant/Advocate for Students with Physical Disabilities

Additional Topics Include: Healthcare Needs • Assistive Technology • Inclusion • Sensory Integration

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