With high staff to child ratios and added supports, Sunday Funday provides opportunities for children ages 5-16 with Autism Spectrum Disorders to enhance socialization skills and to participate in activities that they would otherwise not be able to experience. Children are divided into two groups; Programming for older children will include life skills training and field trips, as well. Classes are taught by specialists and trained teachers, who are assisted by counselors and Social Work interns with extensive special needs and behavioral training provided by Ramapo for Children.This program is for children who are not eligible, or who are awaiting approval, for services funded by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and/or other state agencies.
Ages: 5-16 years old, children are grouped by age
Costs: This program is generously sponsored by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and is FREE for qualified participants.
Activities: sports and gym, rockwall, yoga, fitness and movement, music, arts and crafts, cooking & baking, Lego Club, social skills & life skills, and other activities that enhance interpersonal communication and peer relations, as well as gross and fine motor skills.
Times: We meet on Sunday mornings from 9 am - 1 pm throughout the academic year. A healthy snack is provided.
September 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18
December 2, 9, 16
January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24*, 31
April 7, 14
May 5, 12, 19
*On March 24, family members will be invited to take part in special Purim-themed programming in honor of the holiday.
To ensure that each child's needs are properly met, an intake meeting will be conducted.
For more information and to begin the intake process, please contact Deena Spindler at or 212-569-6200 Ext. 265. Forms can be found on our Registration Forms page.
Sunday Funday Testimonials
Sunday Funday has been a wonderful way for me to meet other local parents with special needs kids, providing support and information as well as friendship. - WaHI Mom
My son needs social skills practice, and there are very few activities he can successfully participate on weekends. Sunday Funday has given him the social and physical practice he needs to participate in school and afterschool activities, even in group academic projects. - Sunday Funday Parent
Our son, Jason, attends the Sunday Funday program at the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood. Since starting the program in September 2012, my husband and I have noticed enormous improvements in his social and conversational skills. Also, Jason's schoolwork and behavior has improved a great deal and his teachers are very impressed with his social improvements and his academic achievements. These accomplishments are greatly due in large part to the activities of the Sunday Funday program. We are very pleased with Deena and the entire Sunday Funday staff for their hard work, patience, and dedication to Jason, and to all the children in the program. Sunday Funday is an excellent program for children with special needs. The program really works and has proven to be an invaluable tool for special needs children. Keep up the good work! We deeply appreciate all that you do. - Elizabeth and Hector Rodriguez
After being enrolled in the Sunday Funday program for the last two years, my son's teachers in school have seen a great change in his behavior. The program has given him the opportunity to grow socially and to build his confidence. He is now better able to interact and make connections without getting easily frustrated. The structured social interactions and vast array of activities have facilitated his accomplishment in building and maintaining friendships. The staff is superb and very attentive. - Sylvia
Our son is enrolled in the Sunday Funday program and really enjoys the karate, gym, art, and music, and has learned so much from the Jewish educational component that Deena herself teaches. Each week, he comes back so happy. This program fills a real need in the community for a sense of belonging and community for children with different learning needs. We are proud to have Ethan grow and learn in this program! - T. and J.S.
I honestly can’t think of anything that can be improved on.The crafts and the music and the sports as well as the social skills are all amazing. We’re so grateful to have found Sunday Sunday and so thankful my son is able to be a part of it. I also love that it’s tech free and they’re not using iPads and such. - Sunday Funday Parent