Adaptations FAQ

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What is Adaptations?

Adaptations is a supportive social community for adults in their 20s and 30s. We offer individuals with a high level of independence a place to socialize, learn, grow, and deepen their connections to one another. Through structured social/recreational and employment programs, Adaptations provides multiple pathways to fostering independence, finding your passion, and experiencing the richness of community.

Who is in the Adaptations community?

Adaptations is for adults in their 20s and 30s who are living wh developmental and/or learning disabilities. Our Adaptations participants maintain a high level of independence. We define a high level of independence as being cognitively capable (an average or above IQ), having the ability to live independently with minimal supports, and being able to maintain employment with minimal support.

What types of support does Adaptations offer?

There are three areas of support we currently provide:

  • Social skills–based learning and dating skills, plus opportunities to practice socialization in small and large groups

  • Recreational programs (arts and literature, physical fitness, and cultural or day outings)

  • Skill development for the workplace

How do I join the program?

Step 1: Please contact Alex LoPinto at alopinto@jccmanhattan.org or 646.505.4375.to complete an initial questionnaire that tells us more about you. Return the questionnaire to us via email so we can begin to determine if Adaptations will fit your needs.

Step 2: Then, we will be in touch to set up a time to meet in person. If we feel Adaptations may not offer the supports that you are looking for, we will suggest other programs or opportunities which may be more helpful.

Can I try out Adaptations programs before filling out the questionnaire or going through the intake process?
You must be an Adaptations participant before you register or attend any programs. To become an Adaptations participant, please email Adaptations Intake Coordinator Alex LoPinto at alopinto@jccmanhattan.org.

Are there fees for programs?
There are fees associated with Adaptations programs, generally $10-$25 each. We never want money to be a barrier to programs and we offer scholarships if needed. No JCC or Adaptations membership fees are necessary to join.

I'm not working right now, so I am on a very tight budget. Do you offer scholarships?
We do offer scholarships, which are available to participants who fill out a quick scholarship form. Please speak to Alex LoPinto alopinto@jccmanhattan.org for more information. A scholarship currently grants you a 50% discount to all our programs (additional assistance may be available on an individual basis). We do not want finances to be a barrier to anyone attending our groups.

What if I'm 40 or older? Is there a place for me at Adaptations?
Yes! We have a 40+ group that meets monthly at the JCC for activities and socialization.

I live in Long Island (or New Jersey, Westchester, etc.).
I prefer not to travel alone. Is there anyone I can commute with to Adaptations programs?

We have participants who travel to us from near and far— New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, and other locations. We can link you to these fellow Adaptations participants, and also post an announcement on our facebook page if you are looking for a companion to travel with, whether you drive or take the train.

I'm looking at the Adaptations calendar, and don't know what some of the groups are about.
For example, what is CASL? What is Lit Club?

In your intake and orientation, Alex will go through each program description. In the meantime, click here for a description of our programs.

I've been formally diagnosed with a learning disability and have a master's degree.
What are people's cognitive levels in this program? Will there be people on my level?

Many of our participants have college education backgrounds. Adaptations participants are highly functioning and are looking to be independent in their lives. We foster a supportive environment at Adaptations where participants build a sense of community. Based on personality and interests, we can help match you up with potential friends at a similar level.

Can I come to everything?
We encourage you to come to as many social programs as you wish, although there are some skills-based and age-based groups which are for a specific population. We will discuss what programs and groups may be the most beneficial to you when we meet in person!

For more information, please email Alex LoPinto or call 646.505.4375.


Adaptations programs are generously supported by Jack and Shirley Silver and individual donors.

Help us continue to ensure accessible programming for everyone. Please support Special Needs programming at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.