Special Needs Programs & Services

Family Autism Center (FAC)
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Family Autism Center provides information, education, referrals and resources to families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities.

FREE Resources Include:

  • Guidance for navigating the Special Education system
  • Family advocacy services
  • Educational workshops led by professionals in the filed
  • Family support group
  • Referrals for services
  • Special events

FREE Family Support Group

Group meets once a month.

The Family Support Group is designed to provide peer support and guidance for individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities.

The Family Support Group offers participants an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings and ideas in a supportive environment.

Childcare is provided while group is in session.

Parents Advisory Committee:

Committee meets every two months.

Parents Advisory Committee offers parents an opportunity to get involved in making decisions pertaining to current programs. Parents provide feedback on the changes that have been implemented. 


Childcare is provided while committee is in session.

Past Events:

ADA Pride Parade

We have done it! The first ever parade that celebrates inclusion, awareness and visibility of people with disabilities was held in NYC on Sunday July 12, 2015, and Shorefront YM-YWHA could not afford to miss such an important event. In spite of the forecast that promised an incredibly hot day, a total of 14 participants, 4 staff members and 1 parent came to celebrate this incredible accomplishment; after all, we are fighters and not even New York summer heat could stop us. Certainly, we have prepared well in advance by conducting outreach to our current and former Special Needs program participants and their families, hiring transportation so everyone would have a comfortable ride to and from the event, and providing our participants with refreshments such as bagels and water before getting on the bus. The group met at Shorefront Y at 9:30 am for the final head count and we were finally on our way to what proved to be such a memorable and exciting celebration. As soon as we arrived to Madison Square Park at 10:30 am for our check in, we were amazed at how many people gathered together to show their support. Thousands of New Yorkers, people with disabilities, their families, friends, organizations, schools and other agencies gathered together to walk with pride! It was awe-inspiring, and we could not feel more proud to be a part of this amazing event that was a true mark of the shift in the attitude towards people with special needs. The walk was not short and covered a distance from Madison Square Park to Union Square, but walking it did not feel long at all; everyone was singing, dancing and smiling the entire way. As we marched, we were cheered by the bystanders, and it felt so moving that so many people, able or disable, came to connect with each other and show they care. Everyone had such a wonderful time together and is so proud to have had the opportunity to participate in this remarkable parade, and we cannot wait for the next year to do it all over again.


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For more information, contact Lilach Koch: 718-646-1444 Ext. 406 or email: kochl@shorefronty.org

6th Annual Walk for Autism

5th Annual Walk for Autism

Music for Autism –An Interactive Concert for individuals with Autism and their families.

Free Workshop: Special Education Behavior Assessment and Interventions (FBA & FBI)

Free workshop! Helping parents and caregivers manage the behavior of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Fourth Annual Walk for Autism

Free information session for families of children with special needs of all ages discussing home care services, legal representation, & planning for the future.

Free Workshop for Parents
Come learn and practice new strategies for challenging behaviors! Our workshop would model simple and practical interventions from Dr. Ross Greene’s “Collaborative Problem Solving” as well as “Therapeutic Crisis Intervention”. The workshop would also provide you with a toolkit that complements the information shared at the workshop.

Free Workshop for Parents
The Special Needs Program is proud to once again host Ms. Tamika Edwards, as she presents another informative Special Education Boot Camp: Am I in the Right Place? The Special Education Continuum.

Third Annual Walk for Autism
1.2 mile walk on the boardwalk to help support families affected by Autism and other developmental disabilities.