Sunday Funday is a recreational program for children ages 5-16 with mild to moderate autism spectrum disorders, 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.
We meet on Sunday mornings from 9 am - 1 pm throughout the academic year. The year is divided into two sessions:
Fall Session: 10 classes, $300*
October 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20
December 4, 11, 18
Winter Session: 12 classes, $360*
January 8, 15, 22, 29
Febryary 5, 12, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
Spring Session: 8 classes, $240*
April 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21
June 4, 11, 18
With high staff/child ratios, and added supports and modifications, the program provides opportunities for children with ASD. Our program's purpose is to enhance socialization skills and allows participants to engage 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.
Activities include: sports and gym, fitness and movement, music, arts and crafts, cooking, Lego and board games, social skills, and other activities that enhance interpersonal communication and peer relations, as well as gross and fine motor skills.
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.
This program is generously sponsored by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
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
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.