Youth Development Programs

YSN Special Needs

The New Canaan YMCA believes that all children are first and foremost children, regardless of need or ability. All individuals are welcomed and encouraged to participate at our Y! Whether that be within our traditional programs; with adaptations and additional support or in one of our specialized classes, individual differences are to be celebrated in an enriching recreational experience.

Our special needs department has designed several programs specifically for youth and adults with special needs. Please note that all programs, including specialized programs, are open to all YMCA members, regardless of need or ability.

Support Services for Traditional YMCA Activities

Families interested in additional support for inclusive programming for any program at our Y should contact Carolynn Kaufman, Director of Special Needs Programming. Our support staff is limited and will be provided to qualified participants on a first come, first serve basis. To request staff support in any of our YMCA programs please submit a completed form to Carolynn Kaufman prior to program registration.

Click here to download the YSN Program Support Request form.

For additional information, please contact Carolynn Kaufman, Director of Special Needs Programming at 203-920-1656 or at


YSN School Age & Teen Programs

We offer the below programs for middle school age and teenage youth with special needs. Learn more

ysn adult programs

YSN Adult Programs

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