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Guttenberg Center for Special Services

Adult Day Habilitation Program

Ages21-36

Our Adult Day Program is designed for young adults 21+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Our Adult Day Program is designed for young adults 21+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder.

We focus on developing the highest level of individual independence in our participants, particularly in the areas of communication, pro-social behaviors, personal self-care and activities of daily living. Our Day Program participants engage in a full range of activities across the entire JCC on a daily basis, 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 focused on learning to live and work together as part of a community, and to better understand the emotions of compassion and empathy – not only for themselves but for others who are part of our JCC – seniors, very young children and those who attend other Special Services classes.

The Guttenberg Center for Special Services at the JCC is a qualified agency through DDD.  For more information contact, Shelley Levy, Special Services Director. Call 201.408.1489 or email slevy@jccotp.org

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Classes

Adult Day Habilitation Program

Ages 21-36   9:15 am – 2:15 pm   September – June
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 21-36. Participants must have communication and self-help skills to independently participate within a 1:4 staffing ratio.

View Adult Day Program Calendar Dates & Closings for 2021-2022  

Summer Adult Day Habilitation Program

Ages 21-36  9:30am – 2:30pm   Mid-June to Mid-August

An extension of our program year Adult Day Habilitation Program.

A.F.T.E.R. Program

Currently on Hold

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 around holidays, with additional cards available in Room 209 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?

Currently our program home rooms are 209 and the Teen Lounge. Both rooms are outfitted with a mini kitchen as well as a washer and dryer and other resources to support and develop independence in daily living skills.

Our home rooms also provide a 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 inter-generational gardening center with seniors and early childhood participants.

IS AN INTAKE ASSESSMENT REQUIRED?

Yes. An extensive intake assessment process is required for any prospective Day Program participant with the Department Director and Day Program Manager.

IS THERE A WAITLIST?

Space is extremely limited. A waitlist is maintained. Appropriate families are contacted as space becomes available.

WHAT ARE THE SAFETY PROTOCOLS?

The JCC will follow all federal, state and local safety protocols, guidelines, and health requirements. Schedules and program activities are subject to change based on this guidance.

For more information, contact:

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

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