• COVID-19 UPDATE: All Summit Area YMCA facilities are closed and all programming/events are temporarily suspended until further notice. We appreciate your understanding during this time. Stay tuned for facility updates at www.thesay.org/news. Please stay healthy and well. We can't wait to welcome you back!

Special Needs

The Special Needs Programs at the Summit Area YMCA are thoughtfully designed for children with diverse abilities like communication, social, behavioral and learning differences to thrive in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Our mission is to encourage, help, build and strengthen healthy physical activity, confidence, social skills and more.

From yoga to structured play dates, to swim arts and crafts, participants can enjoy a variety of activities that promote health, wellness, creative enrichment, socialization and more. Click on a link below to register and/or learn more about available programs:


ENRICHMENT & fitness programs

We also host a variety of special events, like the annual "You're a Star Prom Night" hosted in partnership with the Berkeley Heights YMCA, St. Bartholomew Church of Scotch Plains, Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and various local sponsors (2018, 2019).


To read more about the development of Special Needs programs at the Summit Area YMCA, please visit thesay.org/Special-Needs-Programs. To volunteer or get involved, please contact us!





  • Francesca Garrard

    • Program Director
      • Berkeley Heights YMCA
    • 908 464 8373 x 2020
  • Lisa McQuilkin

    • Wellness Director
      • Berkeley Heights YMCA
    • (908) 464 8373 ext. 2026
  • Allison Zeimann

    • Sports Director
      • Summit YMCA
    • (908) 273-3330 ext.1196