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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!

This Friday, April 27th – Special Needs Summer Activities and Resources (Final Meeting of the 2011-2012 School Year)!

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

Because I sadly have had to cancel Lydia (insufficient funding, trying to reschedule), the meeting this week will be all about providing resources for 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. This meeting will also offer 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) and will be in the cafeteria or auditorium depending on availability.

Hope to see you on Friday!

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 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

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).


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 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

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 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


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 Spring 2012 – Registration Closes January 31st!

WSLL SPRING 2012 REGISTRATION IS OPEN ON-LINE ONLY at through Tuesday January 31st at 10PM.

The Registration Fee is $150, which must be paid by credit card. The fee helps cover the cost of uniforms (jersey,baseball pants, socks and cap), team equipment, balls, professional umpires, field prep supplies, charter and insurance. Players must provide their own mitts. A LATE FEE of $75 will apply to anyone who does not register ON-LINE during the designated registration period.

Full and partial SCHOLARSHIPS are available. If you are requesting a scholarship please contact the Registrar at for the Scholarship Code BEFORE going On-Line to register. Roster slots are limited. Returning WSLL players who register ON TIME and ON-LINE receive priority over new players but we recommend that everyone register as early as possible. Do NOT Register if you already know that your child will have to miss more than two games during the season.

TENTATIVE 2012 Field Assignment and SCHEDULE (pending Field Permits)

Make sure to indicate CHALLENGERS division (6- 18+plus- if still in high school) for children with special needs — practices are on Sunday afternoons at the Boat Basin fields (77th & Riverside Park)

NOTE: Games WILL be played on MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND this Spring.

April 6th-7th – Passover/Easter – NO Games
June 23rd-24th  MAKE-UP GAMES (if necessary)

For more information regarding eligibility and commitment please visit our tournament season icon on our website.


1. Coach and Assistant Coach: One (of each) per team. Please Indicate Interest on registration form.
2. Volunteer Umpires 1-2 per team: Please Indicate Interest on registration form.
3. Field Prep: 1-2 per team — indicate interest to Coach and/or Division Head
4. Equipment Packing – Please contact if interested.
5. Sponsors–If you know of someone who would like to Sponsor a team or would like to help recruit sponsors please contact Sponsor Coordinator Sandra Echols at

Companies, Families and Individuals can sponsor a West Side Little League team for $800 and get their name and/or logo on the back of that team’s jerseys. Sponsors can request a specific team or division and will receive a jersey and a commemorative plaque with their team’s photo. Sponsorships are critical to the League’s ability to offer scholarships and cover the costs of running the League. You can sponsor by going to the Fundraising Kiosk on our Home Page If you have any questions please contact Sponsor Coordinator Sandra Echols


Special Needs Karate – Spring 2012 – Early Registration Discount Until January 6

Passing the savings on to you:

Dear Parent,

We’re very happy to announce our Spring 2012 schedule on Sundays Uptown at 131 West 72nd Street – and we look forward to more good progress by our wonderful students!

Spring Session Begins – Sunday, January 29th, Monday, January 30th
We plan a 14 week Spring Session ending on Sunday, June 3, 2012, Monday, June 4.

Free Trial Classes on Sunday, January 29th, Monday, January 30th
We encourage your child to bring a friend who might like to try a class.
If the friend signs up, we offer an additional registration discount – for your child as well as for the friend(s).

Early Registration Form
Please click here to download the early registration form and if interested in this discount – YOU MUST mail your registration by,Friday, January 6!

Sensei Glenn

Safe Haven Basketball Champions Division Starts December 3rd – New UWS Locations!

Passing along an email from Ken McGrory, man in charge:

The  CHAMPIONS DIVISION   of the Safe Haven West Side Basketball League will officially begin on Saturday DECEMBER 3rd,  2011.  ALL PRACTICES & GAMES  ARE  PLAYED ON SATURDAYS.

*****   This year, for the first time, parents can register their child online for Safe Haven.  Please go to for further information about the league and to register on line.*****  

The school that we have played at in previous years is not available this year because of weekend construction beginning at that location.  Therefore, we are moving to two different locations for this season.   Please read carefully below.  If you have any questions, please contact me  (Ken) 917 592 9665 or Rhonda.

             *********   New Gym Locations   **********




Seniors –  Level A   9:15 – 10:45 AM  (approx ages 15 – 24  – fast paced, more assertive) 

Seniors – Level B  10:45 – 12:15 PM  (approx ages 15 – 24  –  moderately paced, more on-court  instructions during game)





Juniors    12:30 – 1:45 PM    ( approx ages 11-15)

 Rising Stars –  1:45 – 3:15 PM       (approx ages 5 – 11)

We will be available to discuss which division your child should play in if it is not apparent.  Please note that the division that they play in Soccer may not automatically correlate to which division that they play in Basketball.

There are different skill sets involved and we want your child to get the best experience, skill building and learning the  structured parts of playing basketball – and of course,  HAVE FUN !!

You can visit the newly updated website  –   for further info.