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Programs for Adults with Special Needs

Somerset Hills YMCA

We fully embrace the opportunity to help adults with special needs to live healthy, fulfilling lives. Through our programs and services, we hope to fill the gap in services available in our community by helping adults with special needs to gain the benefits of physical exercise, learn skills that contribute to successful employment, enjoy social opportunities and experience a sense of camaraderie.

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Special Needs Adult Programs (SNAP) (Ages 15 years and above)

For more information, please contact Stephanie Jasinski at 908 766 7898 x503 or email.

  • SNAP Fitness (Ages 15 years and above)

    An exercise program designed for special needs individuals, 15 years and older, this class is held in a group setting and focuses on strength, cardio, balance, and flexibility. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

    These programs have been approved by the Division of Developmental Disabilities and are eligible to support participants in the Real Life Choice and Self-Directed Day Services Program. These services will only cover days of actual participation.  For example, if the session is 10 weeks in length and 2 weeks are missed, the participant will be responsible for covering the costs of the missed days.  A bill will be sent for the balances due.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

  • SNAP Instructional Fitness (Ages 15 years and above)

    This exercise class is limited to 4 special needs participants, 15 years and older, who require a more intense level of support than can be met in regular SNAP Fitness classes. The class focuses on strength, cardio, balance and flexibility training. Acceptance to the class is determined by the instructor.

    These programs have been approved by the Division of Developmental Disabilities and are eligible to support participants in the Real Life Choice and Self-Directed Day Services Program. These services will only cover days of actual participation.  For example, if the session is 10 weeks in length and 2 weeks are missed, the participant will be responsible for covering the costs of the missed days.  A bill will be sent for the balances due.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

  • SNAP Social (Ages 18 years and above)

    A social group designed to bring together young adults with special needs, aged 18 and over. Each month a different social event is planned such as movie night, a dance, barbecue, bowling and more. S.N.A.P. provides young adults with social opportunities to meet new friends and pursue hobbies in a safe nurturing environment.

Achievers Day Program (Ages 18 years and above)

Using the inclusive setting of the Y, the program offers unique recreational/social learning opportunities to participants by helping to train adults with special needs in pre-employment, employment and employment retention skills in a real world setting. The program integrates the most current research-based, field-tested curriculum funded by the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment, called Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success. Participants will be evaluated to assess their appropriateness for participation in the program.

These programs have been approved by the Division of Developmental Disabilities and are eligible to support participants in the Real Life Choice and Self-Directed Day Services Program. These services will only cover days of actual participation.  For example, if the session is 10 weeks in length and 2 weeks are missed, the participant will be responsible for covering the costs of the missed days.  A bill will be sent for the balances due.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Jasinski at 908 766 7898 x503 or email.

  • Achiever's Day Program (Ages 18 years and above)
    Classes are 4 hours long.

Special Olympics Swim Team (Ages 12 years and above)

Our Special Olympics Swim Team competes at the local, county, state and national level. Practices begin in the Fall and go through the Spring.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Jasinski at 908 766 7898 x503 or email.