What is Adaptations?
Adaptations is a community of adults in their 20s and 30s with developmental and/or learning disabilities and a high level of independence. We are a place for individuals of all backgrounds to socialize, learn, grow, and deepen their connections with one another. Through our programs and partnerships, Adaptations provides multiple pathways to fostering independence, expressing creativity, and experiencing the richness of community.
Who is in the Adaptations community?
Adaptations is for adults in their 20s and 30s who are living with developmental and/or learning disabilities. Our Adaptations participants maintain a high level of independence. We define high level of independence as cognitively capable (an average or above IQ), the ability to live independently with minimal supports, and the ability to maintain employment with minimal support.
What types of supports does Adaptations offer?
There are three areas of support we currently provide:
- Social skills-based learning and dating skills, plus opportunities to practice socialization in small and large groups
- Recreational programs (arts and literature, physical fitness, and cultural or day outings)
- Job development and placement services designed to make successful job placements in supportive environments by matching Adaptations job candidates' skills with employer needs.
How do I join the program?
Step 1: First, there is a questionnaire which you can find here or we can email to you with about 11 questions to help us find out more about you. We ask that you fill it out and return it to us via email so we can begin to determine if Adaptations will fit your needs.
Step 2: Then, we will be in touch to set up a time to meet in person. If we feel Adaptations may not offer the supports that you are looking for we will suggest other programs or opportunities which may be more helpful.
Can I try out Adaptations programs before filling out the questionnaire or going through the intake process?
You must first be an Adaptations participant before you register or attend any programs. To become an Adaptations participant, please email Adaptations Intake Coordinator, Alex LoPinto, at email@example.com.
What happens once I join Adaptations?
Then the fun begins! You will receive a trial card for three (3) free programs. One of our trained, welcoming staff will treat you to coffee, tea, or hot chocolate so that we can get to know your goals and interests, and make you feel comfortable. Our staff can be a support for you to help integrate you into our programs and feel a part of our community.
Are there fees for programs?
There are fees associated with Adaptations programs, generally $10-$25 each. We never want money to be a barrier to programs and we offer scholarships if needed. No JCC or Adaptations membership fees are necessary to join.
I'm not working right now, so I am on a very tight budget. Do you offer scholarships?
We do offer scholarships, which are available to participants who fill out a quick scholarship form. Please speak to Alex LoPinto (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. A scholarship currently grants you 50% discount to all our programs (additional assistance may be available on an individual basis). We do not want finances to be a barrier to anyone attending our groups.
What if I'm 40 or older? Is there a place for me at Adaptations?
Yes! We have a 40+ group that meets monthly at the JCC for activities and socialization.
I live in Long Island (or New Jersey, Westchester, etc.). I prefer not to travel alone. Is there anyone I can commute with to Adaptations programs?
We have participants who travel to us from near and far – such as New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, and other locations. We can link you to these fellow Adaptations participants, and also post an announcement in our weekly e-newsletter if you are looking for a companion to travel with, whether you drive or take the train.
I'm looking at the Adaptations calendar, and don't know what some of the groups are about. For example, what is CASL? What is Lit Club?
In your intake and orientation, Alex will go through each program description. In the meantime, click here for a description of our programs.
I've been formally diagnosed with a learning disability and have a Master's degree. What are people's cognitive levels in this program? Will there be people on my level?
Many of our participants have college education backgrounds. Adaptations participants are highly functioning and are looking to be independent in their lives. We foster a supportive environment at Adaptations where participants build a sense of community. Based on personality and interests, we can help match you up with potential friends at a similar level.
Can I come to everything?
We encourage you to come to as many social programs as you wish, although there are some skills-based and age-based groups which are for a specific population. We will discuss what programs and groups may be the most beneficial to you when we meet in person!