JCC Manhattan offers support groups, programs, and resources designed to help individuals and families deal constructively with the range of challenges they face. The combined expertise of the facilitators and the personal experiences of the participants provide resources, networking, strategies, therapy options, emotional support, and community.
Programs for Parents and Professionals
Parent 2 Parent Resource Center
CLASSP (Consortium for Learning and Service to Special Populations)
JCC Manhattan offers a range of support groups designed to help individuals and families deal constructively with the range of challenges they face. The combined expertise of the facilitators and the personal experiences of the participants provide community, resources, networking, strategies, therapy options, and emotional support. Groups include:
- Fathers Talk: A group for fathers of children with developmental challenges
- Sibfun: Brothers + sisters of children with disabilities meet other children whose siblings have similar needs
- Parents of children with learning disabilities + other developmental delays
- Parents of adolescent teen girls with learning disabilities + other developmental delays
- Parents of teens with developmental disabilities + learning disabilities
- Parents of adults with learning disabilities + other developmental delays
Click here to view a list of available support groups
Hannah Kaplan-Cohen, life skills coach and parenting expert, skilled at working with young adults and families, runs the support groups. Registration is ongoing. Limited scholarships available. For additional information and a brief intake, please contact Hannah Kaplan-Cohen at email@example.com or 646.505.4460.
PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS
We offer a rich and informative series of lectures, workshops, and panels with renowned attorneys, authors, doctors, therapists, and experts. Please call Hannah Kaplan-Cohen at 646.505.4460 for additional information.
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PARENT 2 PARENT RESOURCE CENTER
The Parent 2 Parent Resource Center provides guidance to families dealing with the challenges of parenting individuals with special needs. The network is staffed by parent volunteers who will be available to answer questions, share their personal experiences, and provide referrals and resources from our network of families. Please call 646.505.4391 to leave a message and one of our volunteers will call you back.
The JCC is happy to offer a variety of books related to special needs for review as part of the library on the 7th floor. In addition to the parenting section in the library there is a special needs section located on the shelves on the right side of the library as you enter.
Click here to view a complete listing of Special Needs Resource Library offerings. Please note the JCC library is not a lending library.
If you have any questions about accessing these resources please contact Allison Kleinman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In collaboration with Mark Surabian of ATHelp.org, the JCC is committed to providing guidance to children and adults on the use of Assistive Technologies (AT) to address learning, communication, vision, and physical challenges. We offer free one hour consultations, training, and support for AT apps, software, and hardware solutions for school, leisure, and the workplace. AT consultations are available on select Tuesdays and Sundays, by appointment only. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Mark Surabian at ATHelp@me.com.
CLASSP (CONSORTIUM FOR LEARNING AND SERVICE TO SPECIAL POPULATIONS)
CLASSP is a training program for typically developing high school ages teens learning to work with the special needs population. Participants volunteer two hours per week in the JCC's special needs programs and participate in a 3-hour class along with teens from five other agencies in Manhattan and the Bronx which meets at the JCC four times a year. The teens also attend a youth worker conference with teens from Long Island, Westchester, Brooklyn, and more. Upon completion of the program participants receive college credit and a stipend.