April is Autism Awareness Month: WJCS Resources for You
WJCS supports children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and
other disabilities with an extensive array of programs. Here are a few of them:
The WJCS Autism Center and Advocacy Services: A resource for individuals and families offering a full range of services including information and referral, educational advocacy, support, workshops for the professional and lay community, and Project Lifesaver (in the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health).
Resource Guides:A compilation of resources for families and professionals: summer camp, after-school and holiday breaks. Therapeutic Social Skills:Groups for children ages 4 to 15 who have autism and their parents to help with their social/emotional growth and development.
Spectrum Baseball Program:In partnership with the Miracle League of Westchester, WJCS sponsors baseball teams for children ages 5-12 on the autism spectrum. Players are assigned "Buddies" to guide them through the game and ensure fun and success.
Teen Social Groups:Groups help adolescents with autism learn and integrate essential skills for successful social relationships and interfacing with the community. Support groups empower parents to guide their teens through the transition process.
Supper Club: Designed for adults 18 years and older, this unique club eases the social isolation often experienced by people with autism. Participants meet weekly for dinner and have the opportunity to improve communication skills, develop connections with others and reinforce strengths.
Taft Community Room: A space with open lounge areas where teens and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn, share, socialize, enjoy recreational and educational opportunities or simply “hang-out.”
Grandparents Support Groups: A monthly group enabling grandparents to share the unique struggle of having a grandchild with autism. Participants share triumphs and challenges, develop a support network and identify strategies to improve family life.
Shelanu: A membership community for Jewish young adults with autism and their friends, aged 18 – 35. Shelanu is rooted in Jewish values and fills a gap in services for young adults transitioning out of school-based services and would like opportunities to socialize and participate in community service projects with other adults.