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Special Services

Adult Day Habilitation Program

Ages21-36

Our main focus is on helping this hugely diverse group of young adults with disabilities to develop their potential to become more independent by improving daily living skills. They also engage in a full range of activities across the entire JCC including music therapy, swimming, fitness, cooking, yoga, community inclusion, technology and more.

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Our main focus is on helping this hugely diverse group of young adults with disabilities to develop their potential to become more independent by improving daily living skills.

They also engage in a full range of activities across the entire JCC including music therapy, swimming, fitness, cooking, yoga, community inclusion, technology and more.

Teaching self care, communication, and social skills is core to the program. We also teach specific skills to help them learn to live and work together as part of a community, to better understand the emotions of compassion and empathy, not only for themselves but for our seniors, very young children and those who attend other special services classes.

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Man watering a garden.
Field day.
High five at bowling.
Three adults just finishing the Rubin Run.

Classes

Virtual Life Skills

Ages 21-36
Teaching self care, communication, and social skills is core to the program. We also teach specific skills to help them learn to live and work together as part of a community, to better understand the emotions of compassion and empathy, not only for themselves but for our seniors, very young children and those who attend other special services classes.

Adult Day Habilitation Program

Ages 21-35
This DDD qualified daily program provides life skills, music therapy, swimming, fitness, cooking, yoga, community inclusion, technology and more at the JCC and beyond. The Adult Day Habilitation Program is for young adults with intellectual and developmental challenges and autism, ages 21-35. Participants must have communication and self-help skills to independently participate within a 1:4 staffing ratio.

A.F.T.E.R. Program

Ages 21-35
This DDD-qualified program is designed to enhance functional life skills and increase independence in young adults with intellectual and developmental challenges and autism. This program offers social and daily life skills, as well as recreational activities and community inclusion.

Project NOTE!

Project NOTE! (New Opportunities for Training and Earning) is a greeting card business that is “owned and operated” by the Adult Day Program at the Guttenberg Center for Special Services at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. The project was initially funded through a grant from the JCC’s Teen Philanthropy Institute.

All Project NOTE! greeting cards are made by the participants of the Adult Day Program, a program for individuals with developmental disabilities. All proceeds from the sale of these greeting cards are used to sustain the program.

Our cards are sold in the Main Lobby of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades every Monday from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays around holidays, with additional cards available in Room 214 every weekday.

We have cards for every season and occasion. Come and visit, and leave with something special!

FAQs

Who benefits from our program?

Designed for young adults with intellectual and developmental challenges and autism.

Participants must have communication and self-help skills to independently participate within a 1:4 staffing ratio.

Where does the program take place?

One room is called “the apartment” and is outfitted with a washer and dryer, sink, refrigerator, microwave, a futon, and all types of other resources they would have in an apartment in order to live on their own. Activities are focused on life skills related to living independently.
Another room is our recreational learning center where group activities take place such as creating art projects, assisting with valuable JCC projects, singing, music and more.
We share an intergenerational gardening center with seniors and early childhood participants.

For more information, contact:

Shelley Levy, Special Services Director
Call 201.408.1489 or email slevy@jccotp.org

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