Creative Readers, PWPL

Creative Readers  is an arts and literacy inclusion program for children with disabilities and children of all abilities in grades K to 5 bringing books to life with dramatic enactment, art, music and movement. Each child has a trained high school buddy. Behavioral support is present at all sessions.



For more than three decades they have worked with children, teens, young adults and adults with varying abilities to help them reach their fullest potential, both developmentally and interpersonally, by offering year-round social, recreational, fitness, and life skills programs. this includes Camp Kehilla, and Life Skills Training Center (See below)


Ages: 5–21 years
At Henry Kaufmann CampgroundsCamp Kehilla initiates new opportunities and experiences for campers with special needs. Their innovative program includes activities tailored to children, teens, and young adults with a core focus on building social skills, friendships, independence, and self-esteem.


SJJCC’s Life Skills Training Center provides adults 21+ years with special needs the support needed to reach their maximum level of independence so they can achieve their fullest potential in life. Programs include Program Without Walls Day Habilitation and Respite Social Programs.


Round Lake is a unique inclusion model at NJY Camps designed for children with diverse needs. Their program is built upon a philosophy of opportunity and choice for all campers. At NJY Camps, their approach to inclusion ensures that campers who are part of the Round Lake program are fully integrated into the camp experiences at Camp Nah-Jee-Wah and Cedar Lake Camp. Campers enjoy everything that a traditional sleep away camp experience has to offer, while benefiting from additional support.



RXFIT Adaptive Fitness, Port Washington

Offering an inclusive fitness program for all abilities! FUNCTIONAL .INCLUSIVE .TRAINING .

Their athletes work to build and develop skills such as gross motor, fine motor, locomotor, and health related fitness skills. RX|FIT provides a unique and private space for  athletes to utilize during their session to eliminate outside distraction. Parents have a cozy space with healthy snack options where they can watch their children accomplish their fitness goals!

PowerPalsGlen Cove

At PowerPals every child, each with a unique array of talents and limitations, is fostered in their safe and comfortable classes led by a very knowledgeable staff of fitness professionals. Fitness gains occur through a regularly scheduled, progressive program.


Port Adaptive Rowing

Port Rowing offers an Adaptive Program for rowers with special needs, including autism and physical disabilities. The repetitive nature of rowing and it’s ability to strengthen and improve cardiovascular fitness makes our program a unique opportunity for non-traditional athletes to improve fitness levels while having fun, learning a new skill, and developing relationships with coaches and other rowers.


Challenger Leagues

Challenger Baseball: Roslyn Little League – starts April each year. Email Eric Kobrick to sign up. This is a wonderful program for kids. They have volunteers who work 1:1 with your child on baseball skills and they play games. They adapt to your child’s needs.


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JCC Shooting Stars

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Special Olympics Basketball

Be The Best Sport at Unlimited Sports Action in Port Washington – We have recently been recognized by the Special Olympics as a Certified Special Olympics Training Center for Long Island athletes. Training for the Special Olympics will be a year-round program and players will enter competition in the spring . Our professional staff has been certified by Special Olympics Programs Specialists to coach in these tournaments and skills competitions. The basketball program is for athletes 8 & up.

Call 516-453-0990 or email for more information.

Ice Hockey

Long Island Blues

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American Special Hockey

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Horseback Riding


HorseAbility‘s mission is to offer a wide range of horse-related programs to children, adults, and families with special needs to promote the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well being of its participants. The personal attention that each participant receives from our wonderful staff and volunteers is unparalleled. Consultation with participants, their families, and staff takes place on a regular basis to ensure that the appropriate level of service and programs are being utilized to optimize the impact of our programs. Go to their website for more information.

Sky Therapeutic Riding LI

Sky Therapeutic Riding LI helps rides of all ages and abilities find strength and independence through their partnership with the horse. Therapeutic riding benefits everyone including individuals with mental, physical, and emotion developmental delays, those on the autistic spectrum, MS, Downs Syndrome and more. My riders gain increased confidence, patience and self esteem through riding, therapeutic riding and my Sky Time Equine for Teens social skills group. Each social skills group session is facilitated by Christa Schorn, LCSW and myself. Also offering Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. Sky Riding LI is located at 7 Downs Road, Huntington. Nancy Tejo 516-241-2046,


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Rolling Thunder Running Program

Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing challenged individuals with the opportunity to successfully participate in all levels of mainstream athletics. Rolling Thunder is open to developmentally and/or physically challenged individuals, age 5 or older, regardless of disability. Our team is also open to siblings and other family members, and to any members of the community willing to volunteer their time and effort.


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Soccer Saturdays for children on the Autism Spectrum or other special needs.Call for more information 767-7675.

Port PAL Soccer

If your child needs extra instruction and attention in soccer, Port PAL Soccer is the program for him/her. Pre-K/K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade programs. Starts April 2, 8:30AM-9:45AM and 10-11AM (Pre-K). Go to their website for registration information or email them at

TOPS Soccer

TOPS Soccer program is held each season under the direction of Rich Bletsch. If you are interested in volunteering or have a player that would like to participate, please contact Rich. Registration is now open. Return applications to:

Richard Bletsch
1652 West End Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Due to the continuing efforts of the Annual Golf Outing committee and supporters, sufficient money is raised each year to enable us to offer this program at no fee!

Practices are held every Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Center Street School on the rear field.

If you know of anyone who would like to participate in our program, or come down to lend a helping hand, please call Richard Bletsch at (516) 328-3043.

Port Washington Soccer

Port Washington Soccer’s program is based on the national Special Needs Soccer philosophy “Participation Not Competition.” Thus we want all the challenged youth of our community to gain the benefits from our program, not just children with Autism. If you know of any challenged children in our community that may be interested in participating in “the beautiful game” please forward this information to them at your earliest convenience. Our program will have a ?rolling registration? ? meaning that you can register at any time during the eight week session. Therefore, if you miss the first or second session, parents can still register for the remaining sessions.

Fall Registration

Manhasset Soccer

Manhasset Soccer invites all LI and Queens residents to join the Adaptive Soccer Program for all ages, all ability levels, boys and girls!

Sundays at 4:30pm, Shelter Rock School Fields, Starts 9/9

  • Adaptive PE teacher and coaches run each session with skills, drills and a game in an adaptive, supportive setting
  • Uniforms, soccer ball and trophies for all
  • Guaranteed self esteem booster with peers, friends and big buddy teen helpers

Go to Manhasset Soccer Website to register.


Surfer’s Way

Surfer’s Way is a non-profit organization designed to offer children with special needs the opportunity to experience the exhilaration and liberation of surfing.

We offer free surf outings during the summer in a variety of locations, primarily based in Long Beach, NY. Elliot Zuckerman, of Surf2Live, and his team are highly committed to providing a fun, safe, monumental surfing experience for children with special needs.


Om Sweet Om

Om Sweet Om offers yoga Private sessions for special needs children. Call to make an appointment and to discuss your child’s needs.

P.A.L Nassau Special Needs Unit

The Special Needs Unit of the Nassau County Police is an activity league that serves children ages 5 through 21 with varying disabilities.

We provide sports, recreation and socialization for children who would otherwise sit at home because they could not make it in regular sports programs. We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization and the ONLY Police Activity League in the Country with a Special Needs Unit.

Our primary goal is to offer sports and recreation programs to develop physical, mental and social skills allowing our children to build confidence and self esteem so that they may reach their maximum potential. Children are kept in small groups to teach the
needed skills for both instructional and safety purposes. Our programs need to expand as we have many children on a waiting list.Programs offered include basketball, bowling, sports fitness, fun with fitness, karate, dance, music/movement, horseback riding, track, flag football, tee-ball and coming fall 2008, lacrosse.

For information on these programs, the unit or to register contact: P.O. Director, Darlene A. Capobianco (516-333-9600).