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UNO® Braille Now Available for Kids With Visual Impairments

UNO® Braille Now Available for Kids With Visual Impairments

Mattel announced the debut of UNO® Braille, the first UNO card deck that would be accessible for players with visual impairments, on October 1. UNO Braille decks are designed in partnership with the National Federation for the Blind. They feature B...

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Classes & Fun Programs for Children with Special Needs in Westchester County

Classes & Fun Programs for Children with Special Needs in Westchester County

UPDATED October 2019: Families with children who have special needs and learning differences can find a variety of resources for classroom learning and after-school programming from preschool through 12th grade right here in Westchester County. Fin...

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Inclusive Classes & Fun Programs for Children with Special Needs on Long Island

Inclusive Classes & Fun Programs for Children with Special Needs on Long Island

UPDATED October 2019: If you have a child with special needs or learning disabilities, our guide will help you to find the right after-school activities, classes and other programs for kids on Long Island. Whether you need assistance with evaluatio...

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Activities for NYC Families with Children with Special Needs in October

Activities for NYC Families with Children with Special Needs in October

We've gathered the best family-friendly events for children with special needs in New York City in October.

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Studio Jacked in Nanuet is Offering a Hip Hop Program for Students with Special Needs

Studio Jacked in Nanuet is Offering a Hip Hop Program for Students with Special Needs

Owner of Studio Jacked Dance Company in Nanuet Jackie Galgano created a hip hop dance program for students with special needs based on her experiences with her own 3-year-old son, who has autism. His love of dancing–and the lack of activities avail...

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The Mets Will Host First-Ever Inclusion Day at Citi Field

The Mets Will Host First-Ever Inclusion Day at Citi Field

SO Fun City, an organization provides inclusive enrichment programming that suits the needs of all children, has teamed up with the New York Mets to host the first-ever Inclusion Day at Citi Field on August 7. The event will feature a pre-game carn...

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Neuro-Diverse Theater Group, EPIC Players, Presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Neuro-Diverse Theater Group, EPIC Players, Presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

EPIC is working with the Department of Education and has invited District 75 (the special needs NYC school district) to come to its June 5 show. The entire theater will be specifically cater to NYC school students with special needs. This could be ...

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Chickenshed NYC Seeks Partner School to Launch Inclusive Theatrical Program

Chickenshed NYC Seeks Partner School to Launch Inclusive Theatrical Program

Chickenshed NYC, New York’s inclusive theater company for children, is searching for partner elementary schools for the autumn 2019 launch of SeaChange, a new, inclusive theater program for students of all abilities and background.

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Students with Disabilities and Professional Dancers Will Share the Stage During “Superheroes” in New Jersey

Students with Disabilities and Professional Dancers Will Share the Stage During “Superheroes” in New Jersey

This May, students from the A. Harry Moore School will dance with professional Nai-Ni Chen company dancers in “Superheroes,” a performance inspired by the kids themselves. Nai-Ni has pioneered an innovative program for students with disabilities–ea...

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How to Encourage Social Development in Children

How to Encourage Social Development in Children

Children need to learn social skills as soon as they are able. Social intelligence is often a skill that children begin to understand when they are very young. However, it can be a bit difficult for children to grasp the entire concept of social in...

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Chapin Sisters Headline Otto Specht School Spring Farm Faire

Chapin Sisters Headline Otto Specht School Spring Farm Faire

On Saturday, April 13th, the Chapin Sisters, known for their "enchanting harmonies and lyrics that are infused with as much hope as they are longing," according to amazon.com, will be playing at the Otto Specht School Farm Faire! Last year, the sib...

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Legoland Discovery Center Westchester Partnering with a Special Needs Pre-School to Launch Merlin's Magic Spaces Installation

Legoland Discovery Center Westchester Partnering with a Special Needs Pre-School to Launch Merlin's Magic Spaces Installation

Legoland Discovery Center Westchester is partnering with ACDS Westchester, a special needs pre-school in Scarsdale, and Merlin's Magic Wand to launch Merlin's Magic Spaces—a room specifically designed for children who can't visit Legoland Discovery...

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Church in White Plains Holds Prom to Honor People with Special Needs

Church in White Plains Holds Prom to Honor People with Special Needs

The first ever Night to Shine in Westchester, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, will be held in White Plains at Ridgeway Church on Friday, Feb. 8. This unforgettable prom night experience, for people with special needs ages 14 and older, will ...

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Soccer Shots in Syosset Launches New Program for Kids with Special Needs

Soccer Shots in Syosset Launches New Program for Kids with Special Needs

Soccer Shots Long Island West has expanded its EMPOWER classes for kids with developmental and cognitive disabilities to a second location at the Variety Child Learning Center in Syosset. This class will only be available to students enrolled in th...

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Find Out What's So Special About the Gillen Brewer School

Find Out What's So Special About the Gillen Brewer School

The Gillen Brewer School, an independent school that focuses on special needs education helps its students grow through individualized attention, remarkably low student to staff ratios, and a strong relationship with the families it serves. With st...

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Fun Fit Kids Opens on Upper West Side and Develops Program for Kids With Special Needs

Fun Fit Kids Opens on Upper West Side and Develops Program for Kids With Special Needs

On September 4, Fun Fit Kids opened its first physical location on the Upper West Side. With the establishment of this space, it also developed a new program that will allow children with developmental and cognitive disabilities to participate in a...

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Autism- and Sensory-Friendly Shows in NYC to Book Now

Autism- and Sensory-Friendly Shows in NYC to Book Now

For families affected by autism or sensory sensitivities, going to see a show or theater production can seem impossible. The good news is many top venues in NYC are now trying to be more accessible and inclusive. Here we round up the best autism- a...

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Fast Feet NYC Launches Adaptive Summer Running Program

Fast Feet NYC Launches Adaptive Summer Running Program

Fast Feet Track Club, an adaptive and inclusive track and field team in Manhattan, is launching its first community team this summer for children and young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental differences. The summ...

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4 Sensory-Friendly Amusement Parks in the NY Metro Area

4 Sensory-Friendly Amusement Parks in the NY Metro Area

“I’m bored.” It’s the most common two words any parent hears during the summer months. And to stay ahead of that boredom, many families plan trips to beaches, pools, and local amusement parks. But many of these classic summertime locales present ch...

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Social-Emotional Learning Differences Program Launches at Congregation B'nai Yisrael of Armonk

Social-Emotional Learning Differences Program Launches at Congregation B'nai Yisrael of Armonk

Congregation B'nai Yisrael of Armonk is launching a new program for students with both social-emotional differences and special needs learning differences this upcoming fall. This Westchester program will help students with special needs in the New...

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Coupé Theatre Studio Offers Dance Program for Children with Special Needs

Coupé Theatre Studio Offers Dance Program for Children with Special Needs

Coupé Theatre Studio, located in Nanuet, introduced an integrative dance program called Rhythm Works in the fall. Rhythm Works is an inclusive hip-hop dance program open to dancers, ages 7-14, of all levels and abilities. The class is specifically ...

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TJE Dance Force Adds More Classes for Dancers with Special Needs

TJE Dance Force Adds More Classes for Dancers with Special Needs

TJE Dance Force has added more special needs dance classes at the Holbrook and Saint James studio locations.

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Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs in Rockland and Bergen

Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs in Rockland and Bergen

A roundup of cooking classes for kids with special needs in Rockland and Bergen counties

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Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs in Westchester

Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs in Westchester

A roundup of cooking classes for kids with special needs in Westchester County

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Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs on Long Island

Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs on Long Island

A roundup of cooking classes for kids with special needs on Long Island

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Chuck E. Cheese’s Adds Program for Children with Special Needs

Chuck E. Cheese’s Adds Program for Children with Special Needs

Chuck E. Cheese’s is introducing a Sensory Sensitive Sundays program this April for children with special needs.

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Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs in Queens

Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs in Queens

A roundup of cooking classes for kids with special needs in Queens

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Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs in Brooklyn

Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs in Brooklyn

A roundup of cooking classes for kids with special needs in Brooklyn

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Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs in Manhattan

Cooking Classes for Kids with Special Needs in Manhattan

A roundup of cooking classes for kids with special needs in Manhattan

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Temple Beth Sholom Welcomes Adults with Special Needs for Havdalah Celebration

Temple Beth Sholom Welcomes Adults with Special Needs for Havdalah Celebration

On Thursday, April 27 at 7:30pm, Temple Beth Sholom in New City will welcome 80-plus adult guests from Rockland ARC, Camp Venture, HVDDSO, and Jawonio for a Havdalah celebration.

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Music Nonprofit for People with Disabilities Expands Offerings

Music Nonprofit for People with Disabilities Expands Offerings

Daniel's Music Foundation in East Harlem now offers private music lessons and more for the community.

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HappyFest Obstacle Course and Festival Coming to Long Island

HappyFest Obstacle Course and Festival Coming to Long Island

HappyFest is the very first all-ages, all-abilities obstacle course and festival of its kind and will be held fat Long Island Sports Park, in Calverton, NY, on Oct. 15th.

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Children’s Entertainment Center Now Offering Sensory Friendly Facilities

Children’s Entertainment Center Now Offering Sensory Friendly Facilities

Safari Adventure in Riverhead has been refinished and now includes arcade games and inflatables as well as a sensory calming spa for kids with special needs.

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Educational Center Launches New Program for Kids with Special Needs

Educational Center Launches New Program for Kids with Special Needs

A multi-sensory instructional program designed to aid children with learning disabilities, launches at Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C.

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The Big Apple Circus Presents Matinee Performances for Those with Special Needs

The Big Apple Circus Presents Matinee Performances for Those with Special Needs

The Big Apple Circus presents specially adapted matinee performances of its new show, The Grand Tour, for children with special needs.

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Pediatric Therapy Center Launches Sensory Bounce at BounceU Nanuet

Pediatric Therapy Center Launches Sensory Bounce at BounceU Nanuet

Miriam Skydell and Associates has partnered with BounceU to offer Sensory Bounce at the BounceU Nanuet location. Sensory Bounce is a fun form of therapy that promotes social skills.

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Birthday Parties at Family Center for Autism

Birthday Parties at Family Center for Autism

Looking for a venue to hold a birthday party for your child with special needs? There's a new option right on Long Island.

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Youth Gym Offers Program for Those with ASD

Youth Gym Offers Program for Those with ASD

Evolution Youth Fitness, a children's gym in Port Jefferson Station, began a fitness program for children with autism last month. The fitness program for children on the spectrum aims to help children gain physical, social, and cognitive skills.

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Sensory-Friendly Birthday Parties at Norwalk's Pump It Up

Sensory-Friendly Birthday Parties at Norwalk's Pump It Up

Pump It Up, a children's entertainment facility and birthday party location in Norwalk, now offers sensory-friendly birthday parties for children with special needs.

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Bounce! Trampoline Sports Offers Sensory Bounce Time

Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Valley Cottage, an indoor trampoline park, now offers Sensory Bounce, trampoline time tailored to children with special needs.

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Seven Vacations for Families with Children with Special Needs

Seven Vacations for Families with Children with Special Needs

Traveling with children can be a challenge, but traveling with children with special needs can be even more challenging. Here are seven vacations, including Autism on the Seas and AdventureSmith, that cater to special needs to make your vacation an...

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Yes, You and Your Child with Special Needs Can...

It's easy to get used to hearing about all the things your child with special needs can't do, but there are so many within their grasp with the right modifications and help. We spoke to various experts, parents, and even kids themselves for tips on...

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Children with Special Needs Can Learn to Play Piano

IF you thought piano lessons were not an option for your child with special needs, think again. Kristyn Rushton, a residential program manager at Life's WORC shares what to look for in a piano teacher and details about a program that was designed s...

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How to Plan a Bar or Bat Mitzvah for a Child with Special Needs

Planning a bar or bat mitzvah is stressful for everyone, but when your child has special needs, there are more factors you need to plan for, from sensory issues to large crowds. But don't let this deter you from celebrating your child's mitzvah! A ...

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Sports Program for Kids with Special Needs Offers Classes in Saint James

Be the Best Sport, a nonprofit sports program for children with special needs, now offers its sports classes at Sports Arena in Saint James.

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KEEN New York Awarded $25,000 Partnership with Turbana

KEEN New York has been awarded a $25,000 partnership with Turbana by winning the organization's "Win $25K for Your Cause" contest on Facebook. KEEN is a nonprofit program dedicated to athletes with special needs.

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Sky Zone Offers Programs for Toddlers, Those with Special Needs

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Center in Deer Park now offers two special jump times: a sensory jump time for children with special needs and a toddler jump time. During both times, the facility is closed to others to provide a safe jumping environment.

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Air Trampoline Sports Dedicates Time for Kids with Special Needs

Air Trampoline Sports, an indoor trampoline facility in Ronkonkoma, now offers sensory jump time for children with special needs.

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Mid-Island Y JCC Receives Donation for Special Needs Center

Mid-Island Y JCC’s center for special needs in Plainview has a new name—the Adler Center for Special Needs—due to a donation from Kenneth and Ann Dorman Adler. The center provides services for children and adults with special needs.

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Easter Seals' Inclusive Preschool Opens in Sayville

Easter Seals Child Development Center recently opened an inclusive preschool for children with and without special needs on Long Island. The preschool’s lesson plans are designed to fit the unique needs of the students, and the creative curriculum ...

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