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    After School and Weekend Programs


    Brooklyn Children’s Museum

    The Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children with special needs can engage and explore their senses. The interactive equipment provides a multisensory experience with visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular, and gross motor activities. This room provides a welcoming environment for children with ASD. It is available for group rentals and parties also!


    On the second Sunday of each month, join us for  Brooklyn Children’s Museum‘s  Family Access Program.  This program welcomes children with special needs and offers a fun and engaging activity for the entire family. Families can explore their senses,  create works of art and visit the Sensory Room early, as part of a special program! (Please RSVP) Brooklyn Children’s Museum embraces children of all abilities. The Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children with special needs can engage and explore their senses.

    Where: BCM, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn

    When: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday   2:00-4:45pm.

    Cost: Museum admission

    Contact: 718-735-4400  specialneedsinfo@brooklynkids.org


    These programs welcome children with special needs by providing picture schedules, hands-on learning and communication supports for the activities. These adaptations enable children with different learning styles and cognitive abilities to express themselves and thrive in an accepting, comfortable environment that is fun for the entire family.


    Garden Gnomes

    This special six-part series in our Greenhouse and Garden provide a welcoming environment for children with cognitive and developmental challenges. Enabling children with different learning styles and abilities to express themselves and thrive in an accepting, comfortable, creative community.


    To attend the programs please RSVP with the child’s name, caregiver’s name and contact information to specialneedsinfo@brooklynkids.org(718) 735-4400 ext. 116


    Shorefront YM-YWHA

    Where:Shorefront YM-YWHA, 3300 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn

    When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 3:00- 6:00pm, ages 5-11

    Cost: Free

    Contact: 718-646-1444 ext 402 or 304


    92Y – Nesher Program – Ages 7-20

    Where: 92 St Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, Manhattan

    When: After school

    Contact: Melanie Mandel, 212-415-5626, 92Y.org/Nesher


    JCC  Manhattan: BOOST!

    Where: JCC, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

    When: 34 and 36 sessions, Ages 5-10; 9-12; 11-19

    Cost: $1700-$1980

    Contact: New registrants: nmartinez@jccmanhattan.org; Return registrants: 646-505-5708


    Tech Works: TechworksToGo! Mobile Van

    This van can go to your program to demonstrate and lend adaptive and assistive technology, including toys, aids for daily living, adaptive computer items – all for free!

    Contact: Carrie Banks, The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs/Kidsmobile. (Brooklyn) 718-253-4948; 718-253-5034 (tty).

    In All 5 boroughs: 1-877-UCP-CONNECT, projectconnect@ucpnyc.org


    Imagine It! Build It!  – Inclusive  Services (formerly The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs)

    Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn,  First Saturday of every month, 1:00-3:00pm; Second Thursday of every month, 6:30pm-7:45 pm  718-253-4948

    Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, Fourth Friday of every month, 4:30-5:30pm       718-935-0203

    Saratoga Library, 8 Thomas S. Boyland, Third Saturday of every month, 11:30am-1:00pm                    718-573-5293

    For ASL interpretation, please call in advance: 718-253-4948



    Swim ‘n’ Skills Swimming Program for children ages 4-15 with ASD

    Where: The HES, 9502 Seaview Avenue, Brooklyn

    Contact: Danielle or Lauren at 718-241-3000


    Bridge to Youth

    Where: Redeemer St. John School, 939 83rd St. (between 7th and 10th Aves), Brooklyn

    When: Sundays 2:00-5:00pm, parental supervision required

    Cost: $25 suggested annual donation

    Contact: 347-836-9191, www.bridgetoyouthinc.org


    Bridge to Youth Bowling

    Contact 347-836-9171 (must RSVP); bridgetoyouthinc@gmail.com


    Bridge to Youth Gymnastics

    Where: Floyd Bennet Field, Brooklyn

    Contact 347-836-9171 (must RSVP); bridgetoyouthinc@gmail.com


    HeartShare School Holiday Program

    For teens with autism or a mild/moderate intellectual disability who reside in Brooklyn with their family.

    Door-to-door transportation and qualified supervision.

    Call Suress Spencer 718-422-3291


    Museum Access Programs: www.museumaccessconsortium.org

    Brooklyn Children’s Museum


    Wema Harris WHarris@brooklynkids.org


    Create Ability


    Lara Schweller: lara_schweller@moma.org
    A once monthly free program for kids 5-17 and 18+. Create art in hands-on
    workshops for individuals with learning and developmental disabilities and their
    families. Each month participants focus on a different theme, exploring various
    artworks in the galleries and creating artworks in the classroom.
    Pre-registration is required.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Rebecca McGinnis; access@metmuseum.org

    6 and older. These workshops welcome children and adults with a range of
    abilities and learning styles together with family and friends. All can enjoy
    these multisensory workshops that include tactile opportunities and art-making
    activities. Explore a different theme in each session. All programs are free.

    The Jewish Museum

    Free. Examine art, then create a work of your own in these programs for families
    with children who have developmental and learning disabilities. Workshops
    include gallery activities, an art project and snacks.

    Children’s Museums of the Arts (2 programs)

    rrapoport@cmany.org (Rachel Rapoport)

    Stripes Program
    Stripes provides a free opportunity for children with autism, their siblings &
    parents to engage in visual art making, creative performing experiences, and
    imaginative play that will help to develop social interaction, communication
    skills, dexterity, and self expression in a non-threatening community

    Inclusive Programs
    CMA’s Inclusive Weekend Classes provide a free opportunity for physically
    challenged children ages 7-15 and their able-bodied siblings to participate in a
    drop-off art class together. This program is intended to make the museum’s
    art-making accessible to all needs and provide an opportunity for siblings to
    spend time with each other and with peers who have similar experiences.

    Queens Museum
    Sundays 1:30pm – 4:30pm
    Children 5 and up with their adult companions.
    Children with special needs welcomed, adaptations available.
    The museum offers free Family Drop-in Art Workshops as a means to develop art
    skills through a variety of materials and themes. Targeting children ages five
    through 12 and their adult companions. Our programs are accessible to all
    families, including those whose children have special needs and those for whom
    English is a new language. All of these elements create a palpably pro-family,
    personable, and friendly atmosphere.

    American Museum of Natural History



    The Discovery Squad – 40 minute tour for ages 5-14, accompanied by an adult. Children 5-9 will discover the dioramas. Ages 10-14 will go on a paleontological adventure through the Koch Dinosaur Wing.

    When: Saturdays,     9:00-10:00am

    Where: AMNH, Central Park West @ 81st St.

    Cost:  non-members: $15 adults/ $10 children; members: $13/$8

    Contact: To register – 212-769-5200 M-F, 9-5., accessibility@amnh.org


    Brooklyn Public LibraryUniversal Makerspace

    Where: BPL, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

    When: Second Saturday of Every Month 10:00am – 12:00pm

    Contact: 718-253-4948


    Guggenheim Museum – Summer Camps and Workshops

    Where: Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

    When: Summer, 2017, Various programs and times


    Brooklyn Public Library – Gaming for All!

    Where: BPL, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

    When: Every 4th Saturday of the Month, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

    Contact: 718-253-4948


    2017 Lincoln Center’s Passports to the Arts for Children with Disabilities and Their Families


    Saturdays at SparKidz

    Activities for Children with Special Needs: visual, culinary and performing arts, sports, computers, and more!



    SNACK – Teen Program

    Where: SNACK New York

    Fitness Mondays: 4:30pm – 7:30pm; Teen Nights (everyother Friday) – 5:30pm – 8:30pm; Musical Theater Saturdays- 1:05pm – 1:50 pm; SNACK Swim (see schedule for times)

    Cost: Fitness and Teen Nights – $100 per session; Musical Theater – $55 per session; Swim $70 per 30 minute private 1:1 lesson; $75 for 45 min 1:1; $45 family swim

    Contact: Diandra@SNACKnyc.com, 212-439-9996, www.snacknyc.com





    Extreme Kids and Crew

    Where: AMP Space, 71 Sullivan Street, Brooklyn

    When: After school program, ages 5-10, 3:00-5:00 starting January 28, $350 for 10 weeks; financial aid available

    Gymstars, K-3 grades,  $250 for 10 weeks

    MusicWorks, ages 5-12, $250 for 10 weeks

    KIDS Art Education, $250 for 10 weeks

    15% discount to members

    Contact: www.extremekidsandcrew.org, 347-410-6050


    Mark Morris Dance Group in Association with Extreme Kids and Crew – Dance Lessons

    Where: Mark Morris Dance Group, 3 Lafayette St., Brooklyn

    When: 8 and 16 week sessions, various ages

    Cost: 8 week session = $150; 16 week session = $245. Members of Extreme Kids and Crew receive 15% discount

    Contact: www.mmdg.org/special-kids


    AMC Autism Friendly Movies

    Where: AMC 84th Street 6, 2310 Broadway, Manhattan

    When: Second and Fourth Tuesdays at 7:00pm and Saturdays at 10:00am

    Cost: Admission

    Contact: For full 2017 schedule: https://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films


    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Sensory Friendly Movies: Alamo-For-All

    Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 445 Albee Sq. W., (Downtown) Brooklyn

    When: Tuesdays before 2 pm; weekends

    Cost: Admission

    Contact: www.drafthouse.com/nyc/program/alamo-for-all,  718-513-2547


    UCP Recreation Program – Saturday Spirit Program (Ages 13-29)

    Where: Locations in Staten Island, Manhattan, and Brooklyn

    When: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 3:00pm  (44 weekends per year)

    Contact: Barbara Falcone, 718-436-7600 ext 345, bfalcone@ucpnyc.org

    UCP Family Reimbusement – 718-859-5420 ext 244


    Family and Friends – at Daniels’s Music Foundation

    Where: Daniel’s Music, 1595 Lexington Ave, Manhattan

    When: Saturdays

    Cost: $9 per person

    Contact: 212-289-8912, nadine@danielsmusic.org


    Subway Sleuths – for grades 2-5

    Where: Transit Museum, Schermerhorn St. Brooklyn

    When: Screening sessions

    Contact: Meredith Gregory, 718-694-1823


     Brooklyn Conservatory of Music – Music Therapy

    Where: BCM,  58 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn

    When: 15 week sessions

    Cost: 30 min. private sessions = $1,173; 45 min. private = $1,779; 45 min group= $610

    Contact: 718-622-3300 x. 212;  bkcm.org/musictherapy


    Frontier Travel Camp – Luxury Tours for Those With Special Needs

    Contact: www.frontiertravelcamp.com


    Tech Kids Unlimited

    Brooklyn and Queens location

    Contact: cristina@techkidsunlimited.org



    Theatre Development Fund – Autism-Friendly Performances

    Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, today announced their sixth season of autism-friendly performances presented through its Autism Theatre Initiative (ATI) for 2016-17.  This season’s slate of autism-friendly Broadway matinee performances will be:The Lion King on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1pm at the Minskoff Theatre, The Phantom of the Opera on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1pm at the Majestic Theatre, Aladdin on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 1pm at the New Amsterdam Theatre and Kinky Boots on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 1pm at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.


    ChuckECheese’s Sensory Sensitive Sundays

    Where: Check your nearest location

    When: First Sundays of every month  9:00am-11:00am




    12/14/17  Training in Assistant Technology

    Where:  ACNY,  151 W. 30th St., 4 th floor, Manhattan

    When:  12/14/17   6:00-8:00pm

    Contact:  212-677-4650,  info@includenyc.org


    12/14/17 Discoveries Workshop at the Met

    Contact: 212-650-2010


    12/14-15/17 “Our Town” – A Musical Adaptation Performed by Actors with Disabilities

    Where:  Roulette Intermedium, YMCA, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

    When: 12/14-15/17   6:30 Silent Auction, 7:30 Performance

    Cost: $$

    Contact: www.dreamstreetnyc.org


    12/15/17  Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

    Where:  Central Library,  10 Grand Army Plaza,  Dweck Ctr, Brooklyn

    When: 12/15/17  9:00am-2:00pm

    Contact:  718-253-4948


    12/17/17 Sign Interpreted Performance: “Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic”

    Where:  The New Victory Theater, 229 W. 42nd St., Manhattan

    When:  12/17/17  5:00pm

    Cost: $20, 24, 33, 55  (members save 35%)

    Contact: 646-223-3010


    12/17/18 Adaptive Gaming Arcade: Gaming for All!

    Where:  Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

    When:  12/17/17 1:00-4:00pm

    Contact:  718-253-4948


    12/17/17  Music for Autism Presents A Winter Concert

    Where:  Kings Hwy Library, 2115 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn

    When:  12/17/17   2:00-3:00pm

    Contact:  Registration required:  www.musicforautism.org,  718-253-4948


    12/17/17  USS Intrepid Early Admission –  “Ports of Call”

    Where: USS Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, 12th Ave @ W. 46th St., Manhattan

    When:  12/17/17  11:00am – 1:00pm

    Contact: www.intrepidmuseum.org/education/access-family-programs


    12/18/17  Transition and Life After High School

    Where:  Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza,  Trustees Room, Brooklyn

    When: 12/18/17 10:00am-12:00pm

    Contact:  718-253-4948


    12/19/17  Hang Out for the Teens and Tweens With Disabilities

    Where:  Chatham Square Library,  33 East Broadway, Manhattan

    When:  12/19/17  3:00-5:30pm

    Contact: 212-964-6598


    12/29/17  Robotics with Ozobots and littleBits

    Where:  Central Library,  10 Grand Army Plaza, Info Commons Lab, Brooklyn

    When:  12/29/17    2:00-4:30pm

    Contact:  718-253-4948


    1/3/18  Registration Opens for All Access Maker Camp at the USS Intrepid

    Where:  USS Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, 12thAve @ W. 46th St., Manhattan

    When: Register for one session only. Children ages 8-14:

    April 2-6  9:00am-3:00pm

    August 20-24 9:00am-3:00pm

    August 27-31  9:00am-3:00pm

    Cost: $75

    Contact: access@intrepidmuseum.org


    1/3/18 Transition from Preschool Spec Ed to Kindergarten

    Where:  281 Port Richmond Ave., Lower Level, Staten Island

    When: 1/3/18  10:00am-12:00pm

    Contact:  718-436-7979 ext 704,  familyconnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org


    1/3-16/18  New Frontiers in Learning – Social Skills, Transportation, Self-Reliance

    Where:  Manhattan location

    When: 1/3-16/18  11:00am-2:00pm

    Cost: TBA

    Contact:  646-558-0085,  info@nfil.net


    1/7/18 MoMA CreateAbility – “Design for the People”

    Where: MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan

    When: 1/7/18  Ages 5-17 – 11:00am-1:00pm;  Ages 18+ – 2:00-4:00pm

    Contact:  accessprograms@moma.org


    1/12/18  Communicating Without Words

    Where:  160 Lawrence Ave., Room 205, Brooklyn

    When:  1/12/18  10:00am-12:00pm

    Contact:  718-436-7979 ext 704,  familyconnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org


    1/20/18  Sign Interpreted Performance: “Undesirable Elements”

    Where:  The New Victory Theater, 229 W. 42nd St., Manhattan

    When:  1/20/18  7:00pm

    Cost: $25  (members save $17)

    Contact: 646-223-3010


    1/27/18  Includenyc Fair – Summer and Year-round Activities

    Where: Hotel Pennsylvania, 402 7th Ave., Manhattan

    When:  1/27/18  11:00am-3:00pm

    Contact:  212-677-4650 ext 38,  Carly Wolff



    2/10/18  Autism Friendly Performance and Sign Interpreted: “Bromance”

    Where:  The New Victory Theater, 229 W. 42nd St., Manhattan

    When:  2/10/18  7:00pm

    Cost: $16, 19, 28, 38  (members save 35%)

    Contact: 646-223-3010



    3/9/18  Sign Interpreted Performance: “William  Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play”

    Where:  The New Victory Theater, 229 W. 42nd St., Manhattan

    When:  3/9/18  7:00pm

    Cost: $16, 19, 28, 38  (members save 35%)

    Contact: 646-223-3010


    3/18/18 Autism Friendly Performance

    3/24/18 Sign Interpreted Performance: “Black Beauty”

    Where:  The New Victory Theater, 229 W. 42nd St., Manhattan

    When: 3/18/18  3:00pm    3/24/18  11:00am

    Cost: $16, 19, 28, 38  (members save 35%)

    Contact: 646-223-3010




    4/14/18 Autism Friendly and Sign Interpreted Performance: “Air Play”

    Where:  The New Victory Theater, 229 W. 42nd St., Manhattan

    When:  4/14/18  11:00am

    Cost: $16, 19, 28, 38  (members save 35%)

    Contact: 646-223-3010




    5/11/18 Sign Interpreted Performance: “Seedfolks”

    Where:  The New Victory Theater, 229 W. 42nd St., Manhattan

    When:  5/11/18  7:00pm

    Cost: $16, 19, 28, 38  (members save 35%)

    Contact: 646-223-3010


    5/20/18 Sign Interpreted Performance: “Pss Pss”

    Where:  The New Victory Theater, 229 W. 42nd St., Manhattan

    When:  5/20/18  3:00pm

    Cost: $25  (members $17)

    Contact: 646-223-3010



    6/8/18  Sign Interpreted Performance: “Rennie Harris: Funkified”

    Where:  The New Victory Theater, 229 W. 42nd St., Manhattan

    When:  6/8/18  7:00pm

    Cost: $16, 19, 28, 38  (members save 35%)

    Contact: 646-223-3010


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