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Long Island Resources

AHA Association (Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, Inc.)

 For families, individuals and professionals affected by Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders. 888-918-9198,

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Barry and Florence Friedberg Jewish Community Center

The Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC provide the following Resources:

  • Socialization Programs
  • Respite
  • Sports
  • Theatre
  • Social Skills
  • Teen Buddy Program
  • Basketball Buds
  • Special Needs Swim Team
  • Drama Buddies
  • Friendship Connection
  • After School Enrichment
  • Peer Programs
  • Sunday Social Club and Steps to Success
  • Summer Camps

These resources are offered to the following populations:

  • Individuals with ADHD
  • ADD
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Down Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Speech and Language Delays
  • Learning Disabilities

The Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC is located at 15 Neil Court, Oceanside, NY 11572. For more information contact Marcy Hallerman, Program Director for Social and Support Services at 516-634-4173.

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Bayport Crossfit:Spectrum Strength

Bayport Crossfit presents Spectrum Strength, a crossfit program open to all abilities. The program will offer rowing, jumping, medicine balls and body weight exercises designed to build confidence and reduce stress and anxiety with the goal of building a stronger body and mind.

For more information contact Brian Costello at 631-654-2568 or email Information also available on our website or visit the Facebook page. Spectrum Strength is located at 734 Montauke Highway in Bayport.

Be The Best Sport

Be The Best Sport is a 501(c)(3) adaptive sports program for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities as well as physical impairments.  Be The Best Sport offers a variety of sports and programs that focus on exposing the participants to the world of sports and helping develop and strengthen their motor, cognitive, and social abilities. The athletes have the opportunity to learn the basics of each sport, through a hands-on multi-sensory approach. The program helps facilitate the building of sport skills, confidence, self-esteem, and sportsmanship, while meeting the needs of each individual. The motto is “Have FUN, make FRIENDS and always leave with a SMILE” and is what motivates Be The Best Sport each week to provide a great experience that the athletes will remember for a lifetime.


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Butler Center for Special Needs at the Suffolk Y-JCC

The Butler Special Needs Center at the Suffolk Y JCC provides after school, social, and recreation programs for children and adults with special needs. Please see their website for additional information. Director: Elizabeth Taft, Elizabeth Haft, (631)462-9800 x142

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Camp Achieve

Camp Achieve, based at the Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Court, Oceanside, NY, is designed for children ages 5-13 on the Autism Spectrum and for those with learning and speech disabilities. Campers will participate in a range of activities that foster socialization, independence and skill building.

Children will enjoy a fun filled summer experience, and will make new friends. Daily activities include:

  • Red Cross Swim Instruction
  • Life Skills
  • Free Swim, Sports and Yoga
  • GaGa (Israeli Dodgeball)
  • Arts and Crafts.

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Camp Northstar

Camp Northstar is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998 by a small group of individuals wanting to provide a new and unique camping experience for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Camp Northstar is a week-long sleep away camp; staffed and run completely by volunteers. Camp Quinipet is located at 99 Shore Rd., Shelter Island, NY.

See website for camp options and information. To apply for a limited spot in this camp complete this Application .

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Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck

All people, regardless of ability level, have the right to opportunities found in the world around them. Individuals with both physical and developmental disabilities, as well as their families, should experience year-round recreational and respite care activities in a camp setting.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck of New York provides this needed service to all. The camp provides opportunities for social and personal growth within a supportive environment. Campers learn to try a variety of creative and challenging activities and experience success. Campers develop enhanced self-esteem which carries over to work, home, or school environments.

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Center for Theapeutic Riding of the East End

The Center for Therapeutic Riding of the East End is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization located on the east end of Long Island in NY. Their mission is to provide therapeutic riding lessons and equine assisted activities to children and young adults with cognitive, physical or emotional disabilities.

This program is open to children and young adults with cognitive, physical or emotional disabilities. The fees are specific to each program. See the website for details. Email for information.

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CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

A non-profit organization serving individuals with ADHD and their families.

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Challenger Sports

Challenger Athletics Inc is an organization dedicated to providing sport programs to people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities. Challenger Athletics' mission is to establish sport programs for people with both physical and learning disabilities.

Programs include:

  • Tennis
  • Lacrosse & Sports Camp
  • Flag Football
  • Surf Camp
  • Basketball
  • Yoga

The program is open to ages 6 to 18 (21 if still in school).

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Down Syndrome Connection of Long Island

The Down Syndrome Connection of Long Island is a parent-run, volunteer organization made up of families and individuals touched by Down syndrome. They are an affiliate of both the National Down Syndrome Society and the National Down Syndrome Congress.

DSCLI aims to unite the local Down syndrome community so that we may share information, support, resources and experiences.

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DSAF - Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation

Aa not-for-profit organization founded by a group of individuals who have children or family members with Down syndrome. DSAF believes that individuals with Down syndrome have the right to be respected as valued members of society with their own level of independence, self determination, and sense of belonging in the community. 

DSAF goals are:

•Community Acceptance and Responsibility

Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation
P.O. Box 12173
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0848

 Phone: (516) 983-7008



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Dyslexia on Long Island

Dyslexia on Long Island is a grass roots movement driven by families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities within public schools. The goal is to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in NY public schools.

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eiFamilies Website; Part of the Family Initiative Coordination Services Project at the Just Kids

EiFamilies.jpgThe Bureau of Early Intervention and the Family Initiative Coordination Services Project announces a redesigned and updated website for the Family Initiative Coordination Services Project, known as Partners. This website, a part of New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention sponsored contract with Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center.

The website redesign includes:

  • New and updated information, resources and supports on a variety of Early Intervention related topics for families
  • A drop box feature which allows a user to view content translated instantly into one of 104 different languages
  • Information on Early Intervention Partners Training for parents
  • Helpful links to State and National programs and organizations
  • Early Intervention Program Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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Elia Fitness

Elia DeBlasio M.S., offers 1:1 personal training, private fitness and health education coaching, to maximize potential to achieve personal health, wellness and fitness goals offering private lessons to individuals of all fitness levels. Elia Fitness specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders and special needs clientele. Fees are $55 per hour. See the attached flyer for additional information. For scheduling and availablility call 631-681-1199 or email.

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Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island, a division of EPIC Long Island

Long Island’s center of excellence for providing premier treatment, care, education and support to those with epilepsy, and to individuals with intellectual or emotional challenges.

(516) 739-7733;


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Everything Special Needs

The goal of Everything Special Needs is to help families locate the best programs, services, and supports for their child. Everything Special Needs also organizes free playdates to help our children learn how to be social.

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Family Service League Long Island

Founded in 1926 as a grass roots social service agency, FSL presently operates fifty social service programs in more than twenty locations throughout Suffolk County. FSL staff, numbering more than 600 professionals and support personnel, provides both physical and emotional aid to Long Island’s underprivileged families. In particular, we strive to keep fragile families strong and supportive

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Helen Keller Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Offers a wide range of services and programs for people of all ages who are blind or have vision impairments. Hempstead: (516) 485-1234 Huntington :( 631) 424-0022.

HOPEFitness Sports Foundation

HOPEFitness Sports Foundation provides, coordinates and supports the inclusion of individuals with all types of abilities in fitness and sport training. Participants who are physically and/or intellectually challenged, economically disfranchised, or are considered "at risk" either behaviorally or due to their living situations are welcomed.

HOPEFitness offers the following services and more.

  • Group Fitness Classes: promotes socialization and pushes participants to meet their goals while working in a fun, high-energy environment beside their peers. Classes offered
  • Home Visits/On-Site Training: available for group homes, day programs, private residences, schools and those who are unable to visit a HOPEFitness location.
  • Individual (1 on 1) Personal Training: provides additional support. Six to eight sessions are recommended for maximum success. Each session is one hour.

For a full list of available services see the HOPEFitness website. For information call 877-396-HOPE. Locations include:

  • 2750 North Jerusalem Road, North Bellmore, NY 11710
  • 3140 Veterans Highway, Bohemia, NY 11716
  • 1784 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554

Island Gamers Club

Socialization Game Club welcomes those with and without special needs, specializing in Aspergers, PDD, HFA. Imagine two children or young adults, who may have difficulty socializing, excitedly battling Pokemon on their DS, taking part in Super Smash Bros, or discussing all the latest video games that you know nothing about, and seeing the person on the other end who couldn’t be happier or having more fun listening.

Interests include video games, board games, Pokémon, Anime, Drawing, Minecraft, arts and crafts and more.  Many lasting friendships have been made at Island Gamers Club.

There is a free, no-obligation trial visit. For more information, please visit the Island Gamers Club website. To schedule a trial visit, call Annie at 631-605-1813." target="_blank">Visit the site

Korean American Alliance for Families with Disability

Korean American Alliance for Families with Disability is a community group for families who have children with developmental disabilities and cognitive delays. The purpose of the organization is to help Korean families’ better advocate for their children and adults with disabilities. The organization hopes to improve knowledge for the families and their caregivers, ensure family rights and services of people with disabilities and to improve the quality of service for Korean families with state agencies and agency services.

For more information please email them at:

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League of Yes

The League of Yes establishes and sustains baseball programs for people of all ages, and all abilities, with disabilities. It provides an opportunity for those individuals to experience the joy and benefits that come from playing baseball. The goal of League of Yes is to help the league's players develop social skills and increase self esteem, while promoting community support and sponsorship for the league.

All baseball games will be played on the League of Yes fields:

  • Suffolk County: 1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville, NY 11748 (across from the Town of Brookhaven's Ampitheater)
  • Nassau County: in Eisenhower Park at the Stewart/Merrick Ave. entrance to the park

Seasons are 12 weeks, six weeks in the spring and six weeks in the fall. All league games take place on Saturdays starting no earlier than 9 a.m. Check the website for for updates on schedules and league details.

The League of Yes needs volunteers to help manage the league, coach the teams, help with BUDDY (Because Unbelievable Dedication Deserves You - community volunteer) registration, organize fundraisers, assist with publicity, and many other activities. See the League of Yes volunteer page for more information. Service credits are given to students of all ages, and a written recommendation toward service hour requirements may be provided. 

For more information contact League of Yes at 631-278-6385.

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Long Island Blues Special Hockey

Offering children and young adults with a disability the opportunity to play ice hockey.

This program teaches skating and hockey skills, as well as gives the player the opportunity to play in a team sport. Prior skating andhockey experienceis not required.

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Long Island Center for Independent Living

LICIL’s Mission is to serve as a down-to-earth home base where persons with disabilities access services and information that can open doors for a more productive, healthy and secure life.

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Long Island Crisis Center

Long Island Crisis Center provides 24/7, free, high quality, confidential and non-judgmental programs and services to support and empower Long Islanders at critical times in their lives.

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Long Island CSS & Friends

Long Island CSS & Friends organizes meet-ups and events for individuals receiving Self-Directed services and their staff. The group also seeks to share information and resources, and to help encourage friendships between those receiving Self-Direction services. Please direct inquiries to



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Long Island Families Together (LIFT)

LIFT was created to raise awareness about children's mental health services on Long Island, and across New York State.

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Nassau PAL - Special Needs Unit

PAL in Nassau County for kids with special needs. Nassau PAL hosts dances, basketball leagues and computer classes.

510 Parkside Blvd.
Massapequa Park, NY 11758

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NSASA-The Nassau-Suffolk Autism Sociey of America

NSASA is a volunteer organization of parents who have children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Though not a service provider, NSASA fundraisers enable them to assist families with social, recreational and educational opportunities. All of the funds raised go right into community-based programs.

If you wish to partake in the free offerings of the NSASA, families must subscribe to the NSASA Yahoo Group. Please send a brief email to with your request to be added to the list.

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NYTPS-New York Therapy Placement Services, Inc.

NYTPS is dedicated to serving clients of all ages from birth to geriatrics in Nassau and Suffolk County and all five boroughs of New York City. They operate in both the educational and medical environments, and are experts in the placement of the following NYS licensed and or certified healthcare professionals:
• Speech Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Special Education Teachers
• Psychologists
• Social Workers
• ABA Specialists (Professionals and Paraprofessionals)
Clients include early intervention programs, preschools, New York City Department of Education, Long Island Public schools, private schools, rehabilitation facilities, group homes and certified home health care agencies and hospitals. NYTPS is an approved NYS Department of Health Early Intervention provider as well as a NYS Education Department approved 4410 evaluator, special education service provider and related service provider.

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Ooooh the Possibilities! Farm

Ooooh! The Possibilities Farm is a self-directed, self-sustaining farm in East Islip, NY managed and maintained by young adults with special needs. Founders, Dawn Meany, a parent of a child with special needs, and Melissa Kearns a special education teacher and career counselor, embarked on this adventure to create a place where individuals can work together alongside one another and their community. A farm can offer a perfect opportunity to create a sustainable business for individuals with special needs, in order to obtain skills that will lead to a productive life. Farming teaches concepts of time, patience, nurture, life, and environmental awareness. You cannot spell disabilities without abilities, and by working together there are Ooooh! So many possibilities!

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OPWDD - The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for more than 126,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other disabilities. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 700 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services.

415-A Oser Avenue Hauppauge, NY 11788 631-434-6000

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The mission of is to create a community of inclusion for children with disabilities as they enter kindergarten. The model gives each child with a disability the opportunity to enter kindergarten with at least one friendship with a typically developing peer.  Our goal is to duplicate and implement the model nationwide.


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Peers® 14-week Social Skills Class

MileZero Consultation presents Peers® 14-week Social Skills Class for individuals ages 13 to adults. No diagnosis necessary, just a desire to change.

The program features:

  • 90 minute weekly parent class
  • Instructor: Seth Chandler, LMSW
  • 90 minute weekly individual class
  • Instructor: Tracy Sirc-Chandler, MS Ed., Certified PEERS Provider.

The 14-week evidence based (parent assisted) social skills to help those with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression develop the skills for making and keeping friends. The program was developed out of UCLA; the curriculum based weekly lessons include homework review, didactic lesson, and role play. The cost for this program is $1500.

For information call 631-650-3926 or click here. Mile Zero Consultation is located at 560 Main Street, Islip, NY.

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Pop.Earth, short for Population Earth, is non-profit focused on providing holistic health treatments and options for those with special needs, including Autism and other developmental disorders.

Pop.Earth is dedicated to developing programs for people with special needs. Some programs include:

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Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program

Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing challenged individuals with the opportunity to successfully participate in all levels of mainstream running, walking or wheelchair racing year round.

Rolling Thunder is open to developmentally and/or physically challenged individuals, age 5 or older, regardless of athletic ability. (RTSNP currently has team members ranging in age from 5 to 50+ years old). The team is also open to typical siblings and parents, and to any members of the community willing to volunteer their time and effort. RTSNP is a true inclusion program, integrating special needs individuals with their typical peers at all team practices, races and events. All team coaches are volunteers. (RTSNP has no paid staff). There is no membership fee to join or to participate in Rolling Thunder activities.

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SASI: Specialized Autism Support and Information

Specialized Asperger's/Autism Support and Information is a local support group started by parents of children on the autism spectrum. The group aims to share information, provide support for each other, and laugh a little as well through their monthly meetings and recreational events for kids. For more information or questions contact Stephanie Packer Mendelson or Priscilla Arena at

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Sensationally Social: Autism Social Skills Group

Sensationally Social LLC presents Autism Social Skills Group on Saturday Mornings for ages 3-10. The groups will provide:

  • Guided peer interaction
  • Emulate real life experiences
  • Strengthen communication/social skills
  • Data based evidence of progress
  • Variety of teaching methods implemented.

The sessions will take place at Adelphi University. For more information visit, call 631-235-9481 or email

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Sensory Beans Children’s Gym

Sensory Beans is a parent-facilitated, open play sensory gym for children of all ages and abilities. Children and their families will strengthen their relationships with one another, as well as with their community. Children will gain confidence and develop skills to become part of a group. Sensory Beans is a place where children can learn vital skills and develop strong bonds with family and peers through functional and safe play. Every child is free to be themselves without feeling judged or excluded. Every child is unique, but all children need to have fun! 

The fee is $15 per child. There are no reservations required and all ages are welcome at any time. 

3309 Merrick Road

Wantagh, NY 11793

Tel: 516-308-1462

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SIBShops are opportunities for siblings of children with special health and developmental needs to obtain peer support within a recreational context. Events are held once monthly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for the sessions is $35 which includes art materials, pizza and snack. To sign up for an event, contact Faith Katzman by email or call 631-421-3949.

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Social Skills for Children

Providing Social Skills Training for School Aged Children With Autism and Related Disorders

Develop social skills and enhance team building

Acquire self-confidence

How to initiate, and maintain play

Learn more age-appropriate behavior

Improve problem-solving skills

Recognize, label, and verbalize feelings

Learn appropriate assertiveness

Improve impulse control

Develop conflict management skills

88 Terry Road

Smithtown, New York

(631) 965-1797

Social Skills for Children

Social Skills for Children offers Saturday groups for all ages and all skill levels. Individual, Dyad and group sessions are also available. Social Skills for Children strives to:

  • Develop social skills
  • Improve self confidence
  • Develop skills to initiate and maintain play
  • Improve problem solving skills
  • Recognize, label and verbalize feelings
  • Learn appropriate assertiveness skills
  • Reduce impulsive behavior
  • Learn appropriate conflict resolution skills
  • Develop self-advocacy skills

All new members must be interviewed before placement in their program. All staff members are NYS licensed Behavior Analysts. To learn more call 631-965-1797 or visit Social Skills for Children is located at 88 Terry Road in Smithtown, NY. 

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Southampton Fresh Air Home: Camp for Physically Challenged Children

Southampton Fresh Air Home: Camp for Physically Challenged Children provides an environment in which the youngsters can socialize with one another and enjoy playing and competing in games and sports designed for them.

Campers mature and develop in the home's unique supportive environment of love, understanding, and creative play. Many children who come to the Home enjoy their first experiences of leadership, competition and independence - experiences they carry with them throughout their lives.

The Southampton Fresh Air Home is located at 36 Barkers Island Rd., Southampton, NY 11968 and can be reached at 631-283-1594

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Special Moms Network

The Special Moms Network's mission is to educate, support & empower the lives of our special children, our families & community.

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Suffolk County Department of Health Services, Division of Services for Children with Special Needs

Early Intervention Services for Suffolk County

Suffolk County Department of Health Services
Division of Services for Children with Special Needs
50 Laser Court
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Telephone:  (631) 853-2327
FAX:  (631) 853-2310

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The Backyard Players & Friends

Backyard Players & Friends is an inclusive arts-based community program for teens and young adults that is open to the public. Programs include:

  • Theatre Arts
  • Yoga
  • Community and Recreational Enrichment
  • Movie Bites
  • Zumba & Dance Fitness

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The Long Island Advocacy Center

The Long Island Advocacy Center, Inc. (THE LIAC) is a private non-for-profit agency dedicated to protecting the legal rights of students and individuals with disabilities.

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Theresa Academy of Performing Arts Classes

The Theresa Academy of Performing Arts is exclusively for students with special needs and their families.  We have fine and performing arts classes, respite, camp, and workshops for children as well as training, informational sessions, and support for parents.

250 Lido Blvd. Lido Beach, NY 11561. for more informaiton please contact Assistant Director Alyssa Sosnik

P: (516) 432-0200



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Third Eye Insight - Fitness for the Blind

Third Eye Insight is a fitness program offering martial arts/self-defense, yoga and meditation clases designed specifialy for the blind and visually impaired.

The mission of Third Eye Insight is to help build physical strength and endurance, instill self confidence, promote independence, and empower blind and visually impaired individuals with the tools they can use to be successful at settng goals and in managing life's challenges.

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A Family to Family Health Care Information & Education Center.

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