L.I.F.E. “Long Island Friends Experience”

Enriching the lives of adult’s with special needs (age 23+).

The long running LIFE Socialization and Recreation program brings together high functioning adults with special needs. This program offers the opportunity to foster friendship’s in a warm, supportive and congenial atmosphere.

The group meets three (3) times monthly and enjoys classes, educational workshops, community trips and recreational activities.

Program Includes: Bowling, Bingo, Art Therapy, Game Night, Cooking lessons, Holiday Parties, Self-Advocacy support, Support groups, Trips into the community and more…

January 2017 Events Calendar

Monday, January 23rd at 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Art with Mary
Gural JCC – 207 Grove Avenue, Cedarhurst
** Get creative and work on a fun art project **
FEE: $5.00
Support Group for LIFE participants will take place at 6.15 PM

Monday, January 30th at 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Chinese New Year Celebration Gural JCC – 207 Grove Avenue, Cedarhurst
** Join your LIFE friends to learn about the Year of the Rooster! **
FEE: $8.00
Support Group for LIFE participants will take place at 6.15 PM

Have a Question? Email Naomi & Yael at:

This program is made possible by a grant with the JE and ZB Butler Foundation.


The I-Space (Inviting Special Populations to Access Community Environments) program will offer adults (ages 22+) with special needs the opportunity to gain a sense of fulfillment through their placement in appropriate paid employment. I-Space will work to identify placements suitable to their skill level and abilities through skills assessments, in addition to in-depth workplace and task evaluations. I-Space also offers financial and legal counseling for parents and caregivers in order to avoid any conflict between benefits (ie. Social Security) and income.

If you know someone in the community who is interested in participating in this new and exciting program, please contact: Naomi Lewis, LMSW, Program Coordinator at 516-569-6733 Ext 215 or by email at

No Fee.


In partnership with local businesses, our Vocational Training and Employment Center helps individuals with special needs make vital contributions to the American workforce through professional and personal development. VTEC provides hands-on job experience for young adults with special needs through internships and employment at local businesses. We foster strong community relationships, ensuring both parties get the support they need.

VTEC benefits include:

  • Vocational assessments
  • Internship opportunities
  • Job placement
  • Ongoing support
  • Relevant workshops
  • Social opportunities

Partial funding for this program is made possible by: J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation & UJA-Federation of New York


Promoting Individual Health and Wellness
For adults (age 18+) with Autism, Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Physical disabilities. Individuals with Special Needs may not have all the opportunities to experience and learn about a healthy lifestyle. This four (4) week program will include: Physical Health Education, Yoga, Exercise and much more…

Monday November 7, 14, 21, 28 6:00-7:00pm
Pre-registration required- Limited registration.

Please call Naomi Lewis, Coordinator for more information at 516-569-6733 Ext. 215 or email