Special Needs Programs

The Connection is committed to providing opportunities for everyone. In addition to our own programs,  we work in partnership with Our House, Inc to provide a variety of programs for children and adults with special needs.

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  • Young Athletes Special Olympics | ages 2.5 – 7
    Co-Sponsored with NJ Special Olympics, this program emphasizes sports and skill development in physical activity and play. Program develop the fundamental prerequisite skills to prepare students to be future athletes.
  • Special Needs Swim | ages 3 – 14
    Children wtih special needs will work with volunteer swim instructors to develop and improve basic swimming skills.
  • Adapted Aquatics | ages 3 – Adult
    This one hour program provides individuals who are physically or intellectually challenged an opportunity to learn how to swim, be part a social group and to have fun in a safe aquatic environment.  Registration can be completed online.*Medical form must be completed and returned to The Connection one week prior to participation in program.  Click Here for Medical Form.
  • Yoga | ages 5 – 11
    Fun stretches and poses designed to engage the body, mind and spirit. Modifications provided as needed.
  • Dance Foundations | ages 5 – 8 & 9 – 12
    Children are introduced to basic dance techniques through innovative and creative body movement. Individual modifications to activities will be made as needed.
  • One-On-One Adaptive Fitness |ages 12+
    Supervised by a certified trainer, training is based upon input and direction from participants’ therapists. Evaluation and medical clearance necessary.Contact Gary McGrane, 908-273-4242 x 151 Supervised by a certified trainer, training is based upon input and direction from participants’ therapists. Evaluation and medical clearance necessary. There is currently a wait list for this program.
  • Teen Scene | ages 13 – 19
    Teens meet once a month for a social and recreational program that helps develop self-esteem, social skills, and a better sense of belonging.
  • Young Adult Social | ages 20 – 26
    Young adults meet once a month for an evening of fun and camaraderie. Young Adult Social will be held on the first Friday of every month.

Download our Special Needs brochure

A special THANK YOU to the Summit Area Public Foundation for their support of our Special Needs Programs.


  • Gateway
    A non-profit organization that provides social and recreational activities for special needs children with mild disabilities. Staffed by special education teachers, graduate students and occupational and speech therapy graduate students.  Director Carol Lampf at 973-635-8204. Gateway reserves the right to determine child’s appropriateness to the program.
  • Club Oh!
    Sponsored by Our House, these monthly Friday night dances for adults with special needs are held at The Connection throughout the year. For dates and info please contact Tory Kania at tkania@ourhousenj.com or 908-464-8008 x138


Make a difference! Become a volunteer for our special needs classes. No experience required! Contact Melissa Pearce, Special Needs Programs Director at Melissa.Pearce@theconnectiononline.org or phone: 908-273-4242 ext 131.