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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


    Miracle Project – 92Y – Ages 10-18

    Where: 92 St Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, Manhattan

    When: Sundays, 20 sessions, Oct-May   10:30am-12:00pm

    Cost: $850 per family

    Contact: 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



    7 Saturdays: American Autism Association and the Brighton Ballet Theater – Jump for Joy/Everyone Can Dance!

    Where: Brooklyn College Brighton Ballet Theater, Brooklyn

    When: 7 Saturdays. Ages 4-6 Jump for Joy, 10:00am – 11:00am

    Ages 7-10 Hip Hop, 11:00am – 12:00pm

    Ages 11-13 Hip Hop, time TBA

    Cost: Free. Transportation available for Manhattan residents

    Contact: info@myautism.org, www.myautism.org/dance


    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

    –          Jazz at Lincoln Center Family Concert:  Who is Louis Armstrong? on Saturday, February 4th (for all ages)

    –          New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concert:  Brass on Sunday, February 5th (for children age 3-6)

    –          New York City Ballet Adapted Workshop on Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, April 23rd (for children age 8 and up)

    –          Metropolitan Opera Backstage Tour for Teens and Young Adults on Sunday, February 19th and Sunday, February 26th

    –          New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert:  The Ages of Music – Modern on Saturday, March 11th (for children age 8 and up)

    –          LC Kids Step Afrika on Saturday, March 11th (for all ages)

    –          Chamber Music Society’s Meet the Music!  Tyrannosaurus Sue:  A Cretaceous Concerto on Sunday, March 26th (for children age 10 and up)

    –          Drama Workshop and Tour of the Library for the Performing Arts exhibition Curtain Up:  Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London on Saturday, April 22nd (for Teens and Young Adults with CO/LAB) and Saturday, June 3rd (for children ages 5-12)

    –          New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concert:  Woodwinds on Sunday, April 30th (for children age 3-6)

    –          LC Kids In a Pickle on Sunday, May 14th (for children age 5 and up)

    –          American Ballet Theater Kids performance on Saturday, May 20th (for children age 5 and up)

    –          New York City Ballet Family Saturday on Saturday, May 27th (for children age 5 and up)


    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


    JANUARY 2017


    1/31/17  USS Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, All Access Maker Camp, for ages 8-14

    Where: USS Intrepid, 12th Ave. @ W. 46th St., Manhattan

    When: 3 Sessions (Choose only one): 4/10-14/17;  8/21-25/17; or 8/28-9/1/17   9:00am-5:00pm

    Deadline for April session is 1/31/17. Registration MUST be done online.

    Cost: $50 includes materials and snacks


    Questions?  access@intrepidmuseum.org







    6/1/17  Responding to Challenging Behaviors at School, Home and in the Community

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

    When: 6/1/17   10:00am-12:00pm

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


    6/4/17  NY Transit Museum, Special Day for Special Kids- 100th Anniversary of the 7 Train

    Where: NY Transit Museum, Schermerhorn Ave. and Boerum Pl., Brooklyn

    When:  6/4/17  10:00am-12:00pm

    Contact: nytransitmuseum.org/accessibility


    6/4/17  Parent Talk: Self-Advocacy

    Where: Tech Kids Unlimited

    For more info: navigator@includenyc.org,  212-677-4650


    6/5/17  Tickets go on Sale for 7/16/17 Autism-Friendly Performance of “Cats”

    Where: Neil Simon Theater, 250 W 52nd St., Manhattan

    When: Tickets go on sale at 12 noon, 6/5/17 for 7/16/17 performance at 2:00pm

    Cost: Discounted prices

    Contact: www.tdf.org/cats Password TDFCATS


    6/6/17  Understanding Your Child’s IEP

    Where: Queens

    For more info: navigator@includenyc.org,  212-677-4650


    6/7/17 Fun! Fun! Fun!

    Where: AHRC, 83 Maiden Lane, PH, Manhattan

    When: 6/7/17   6:00-8:00pm

    Contact: 212 -895-3446,  jennifer.amendola@ahrcnyc.org


    6/7/17  Top 5 Rights in Special Education

    Where: Bronx

    For more info: navigator@includenyc.org,  212-677-4650


    6/7/17  Exploring Early Years: Understanding Children With Different Abilities

    Where: Bronx  (Spanish)

    For more info: navigator@includenyc.org,  212-677-4650


    6/7/17  Community Support – Brooklyn Library

    Where: Brooklyn

    For more info: navigator@includenyc.org,  212-677-4650


    6/8/17  Understanding Your Child’s IEP

    Where: Bronx

    For more info: navigator@includenyc.org,  212-677-4650


    6/9/17  Yoga for Children

    Where: ADAPT, 1770 Stillwell Ave., 2nd floor, Bronx

    When: 6/9/17  10:00am- 12:00pm

    Contact: 718-436-7979 ext. 74,  familyconnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org


    6/12/17  Guggenheim Museum Mind’s Eye for Visually-Challenged: 150th Anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright

    Where: Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Manhattan

    When: 6/12/17  6:30-8:30pm

    Contact: access@guggenheim.org


    6/13/17 Empowered Parents, Empowered Children: Tools for Self-Management

    Where: ADAPT,  80 West End Ave., Room 124, Manhattan

    When: 6/13/17  10:00am- 12:00pm

    Contact: 718-436-7979 ext. 74,  familyconnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org


    6/14/17  28th Annual Brooklyn Family Support Fair

    Where: Brooklyn College Student Union,  2705 Campus Road, Brooklyn

    When:  6/14/17   8:30am-2:30pm

    Contact:  brooklynddcouncil.org


    6/16/17  Parenting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Where: The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

    When: 6/16/17   10:00am -12:00pm

    Contact: 718-436-7979 ext. 74,  familyconnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org


    6/17/17  MoMA Create Ability Early Hours Museum Visit and Exhibition Opening

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

    When: 6/17/17  9:30am-11:00am

    Contact: Enter through The Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Education Bldg., 4 West 54th St. Must register online. accessprograms@moma.org  212-408-6447


    6/18/17 Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Access Program – Plane Design

    Where: USS Intrepid, 12th Ave @ W. 46th St., Manhattan

    When:  6/18/17  11:00am-1:00pm

    Contact: 646-381-5158,     www.intrepidmuseum.org


    6/25/17  MoMA Create Ability – Performance Pieces

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

    When: 6/25/17  Ages 5-17  11:00am-1:00pm; 18+  2:00-4:00pm

    Contact: accessprograms@moma.org




    7/9/17  3rd Annual Disability Pride Parade

    Where: Northern End of Union Square Park, Manhattan

    When: 7/9/17   10:00am – 3:00pm

    Contact: Jonathan Epstein,  646-538-1410  (AHRC)


    7/27/17  Reelabilities: “The Grown Ups”

    Where: JCC, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

    When: 7/27/17  7:00pm

    Cost: Admission

    Contact: www.ny.reelabilities.org


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