The YJCC in Washington Township is launching a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Called SAIL – Self-determination, Advocacy, Independence, Living – the program is for those 21 and over. It has received approval from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, with the YJCC designated a Real Life Choices Service Provider.
It “will provide services for those who have aged out of special-education services,” said Stacy Cancelarich, a licensed social worker who will head the program. “We call it SAIL because to set sail is to set out on a voyage; in this case, it is a voyage toward independence and personal growth. Our mission is to strengthen the foundation acquired in school-based learning so that the participants can continue to develop personal interests, skills and social relationships.”
Scheduled to begin by May, it will initially run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Activities will include social, academic, daily living, and vocational skills, as well as recreational activities.
“An adult day program is a logical next step for YJCC special-needs programming,” said Gina Wellington, YJCC director of special services. “Like several special-needs programs at the Y, it is an outgrowth of a direct need. Our families and others in the community are lacking this adult day resource … and we are here to step up. Our community deserves a quality program, and I’m pleased that we are able to provide it.”
Intake interviews are being scheduled. For more information, e-mail Cancelarich at email@example.com or call her at (201) 666-6610, ext. 268.