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KULANU is a parent founded organization developed with help from the Orthodox Caucus in 2000.

KULANU was established to answer the needs of parents who had children with disabilities and felt disenfranchised from the Yeshivot, synagogues and Jewish life activities.

KULANU addresses the need for advocacy, programs, education and sensitivity of the larger Jewish community.


SHABBAT SHADOW PROGRAM
Serving children with special needs in local community synagogues to enable them to attend youth  groups with support from volunteer teens.      

SUNDAY ACTIVITIES INCLUSION PROGRAM
3 hours of adaptive art, therapuetic music, sports and other special interest  activities with community children and teen shadows run by professional  therapists.

SWIM PROGRAM
Instructional group and individual swim lessons, held at the JCC in  Oceanside.     

SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP
Weekly after school groups serving children who need social skills to enhance  their interactive skills at school and in the community. Children are grouped  by age and ability.

CAMP WITHIN A CAMP PROGRAM
Held at Camp Hillel, a self-contained program with  mainstreaming opportunities. The emphasis of the program  is social skill acquisition.

CAMP PROGRAMS, INFORMATION AND REFERRALS on self contained, inclusion, overnight camps. Information and referrals to appropriate day and overnight  camps; Consultations with camp staff, training and supervision of  shadows to support inclusionary camp experiences; match shadows to campers  needs.      
      
HOLIDAY RESPITE AND RECREATION PROGRAM
Opportunities for children in  self-contained public school programs to attend recreational activities when  school is not in session. Once a week after school respite program allows children to be involved in appropriate activities while providing family  respite.

HOLIDAY INCLUSION PROGRAM
Opportunities for children  with disabilities who attend public school program to participate in local  Yeshivot when schools are not in session.

AFTERSCHOOL & WEEKEND RECREATION PROGRAM FOR TEENAGERS
A recreation program for Teens that are ongoing, inclusive, social and fun. Ages 12-21. Call for Details.

KEREN ELIANA PARC (Parent Advocacy Resource Center)
A valuable center for resources, referrals and services created to address the concerns of individuals with special needs, their families and the community. PARC provides a clearing house of information with a growing reference library, books and pamphlets on a variety of developmental, educational, governmental, service and family topics. Services include support groups, workshops, an annual conference and the Kulanu announcement e-mail listing developed to link our community with local information, articles and events.

Consultations and Sensitivity Training  to schools and summer camps, to help them develop a more inclusive view of children with disabilities and increasing inclusion-building skills.

Ongoing Support Groups. Offering a variety of support groups for mothers, fathers, siblings and extended family members to deal with the impact of having a special needs family member.

Bully Prevention Program. A program geared to change the culture of schools to deal with isolation, bullying and peer pressure.

Community Seminars.  Topics geared to parents, teachers, therapists, caregivers, and members of the community who need information pertaining to general issues of child development, education and family life. Topics and dates to be announced.

Guest Speakers. Conducted at various synagogues throughout the Jewish community to raise awareness of the needs of children and adults with disabilities.

Information and Referral. For parents of children with special needs to provide information and referral for behavioral and educational issues.

Resource Library. Books, periodicals, multi-media materials supporting family life issues as they present themselves. Information on: typical and atypical developmental; life cycle events, child and family management; educational materials.

 

 

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Business Office: 124 McGlynn Place, Cedarhurst  NY 11516 Phone: 516-569-3083
Kulanu Center for Special Services: 620 Central Avenue, Cedarhurst NY 11516 Phone: 516-569-3083