Everyone considering a move to a new town has questions about what it is like to live in that town on a daily basis. For families with a child or adult with a disability, the inquiry necessarily includes topics such as special education, special services and therapies, universally accessible recreation, medical facilities, support networks, etc. If these issues are of concern for you and your family, the following links will help you get started. This list is just a taste of what’s available – please feel free to call or email me with any questions and for additional information.


Montclair Child Development Center’s Head Start/Early Head Start (inclusion program for children with special needs ages 3 months to 5 years)
Carolyn Lane (973) 748-5901 or carolynlane@att.net

Montclair Developmental Learning Center (public preschool for children with special needs)
Linda Colucci – (973) 509-4208

Montclair State University Children’s Center (inclusive childcare and Early Intervention center for children of differing abilities from birth through age five)
(973) 655-7177

Special Eduation Parent Advisory Council of Montclair

ARC of Essex County
(973) 771-0580

SPAN – Statewide Parent Advocacy Network

NJCIE -New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education

New Jersey DDD – Department of Human Services Division of Developmental
Disabilities, Community Services for Essex County
(973) 693-5080


Universal Playground at Edgemont Memorial Park (full playground with universal access for children of all ages and abilities)
Valley Road (just south of Watchung), Montclair, NJ

Montclair YMCA (offers a wide variety of programs, including swim lessons and workout “buddy” program)
Robin Mitchell (buddy program) (973)-744-3400

Ashley’s Soccer Domain (multiple sport programs for children of all abilities and various ages)
14 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ

Montclair United Soccer
Chris Harnett (973) 783-1804 (TOPS program)

Montclair Baseball Club (weekend programs in the spring and fall for children of all abilities)
Steve Singer (973) 509-1092

Cornerstone Montclair (A leader and community partner committed to empowering people of all abilities to be included as active participants in the vibrancy of Montclair.) http://cornerstonemontclair.com/

Top Soccer (The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who is challenged by a broad spectrum of disabilities, ranging from physical challenges to cognitive disorders. Our goal is to enable all young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the MUSC family.) http://www.montclairsoccer.com/Default.aspx?tabid=91651

Sunday Friends and Fun (social recreational program for children ages 3-9) with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, they provide a Parents’ Room and a bi-monthly sibling support group.
YM-YWHA of North Jersey in Wayne
Barbara Zitcer (973) 595-0100, ext. 247 or zitcerb@ymha-nj.org

JCC in West Orange (social and recreational programming for special needs children)
Amy Sigona at Asigona@jccmetrowest.org

Spectra Academy (social skills training through art and drama programs for children and adolescents with Asperger’s disorder, high functioning autism and related social pragmatic difficulties, ages 8-16)
Alev Erdi, PhD (973) 783-7891 or host@spectra-academy.org

Montclair Music Studio
Contact: (973) 783-4330

Rocking Horse Rehab (hippotherapy)

NJAPE (Adapted Physical Education and Inclusive Movement Services)

Theatre Access NYC (Theatre Access NYC provides assistance to theatregoers with disabilities. Those who are hard of hearing or deaf, have low vision or are blind, who cannot climb stairs or who require aisle seating or wheelchair locations, who are on the autism spectrum or have other developmental or cognitive disabilities now have one great place to find out everything you need to know to choose a show, buy tickets and plan your trip to Broadway.) http://www.theatreaccessnyc.org/