New Horizons is a program for adults with developmental disabilities and special needs ages 18 and up. The New Horizons program provides safe and supervised recreational outings in the community that offers social interaction, skill-building, and life-long friendships. While participants are having fun, their full-time caregivers are provided with the “time-off” they need to better care for their loved ones.
New Horizons Provides…
✓ Meaningful & constructive leisure activities for developmentally disabled adolescents & adults
✓ Opportunities for fun, independence, and normalization
✓ Break time for parents/family/caregivers
✓ A place to make new friends, experience new things, see new places and have fun
✓ Opportunities to develop social, motor, language, camping, travel, and group sharing skills
- Update the Liability wavier due to COVID-19 (at your first event)
- Participants should be healthy and we strongly encourage anyone who has an underlying health condition (heart, lung, diabetes, or at high risk), are immunocompromised or 65 and over to not participate as it may put them at higher risk for COVID-19.
- In-person activities will have 1 staff to 6 members with a 6 ft distance between each person and be required to wear a face mask at the YMCA unless it’s a physical activity.
- Upon arriving all participants must get their temperature checked. If the temperature is not checked, we have the right to refuse service. If you have a temperature over 100.4, you will be asked to return home.
- IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME. Also, you will be asked the following questions upon arrival
- Have you been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
- Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
- Have you had a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
- Participants will be required to wash hands, use hand sanitizer as needed (or per staff instruction) in order to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19.
- Hand sanitizers will be provided and gloves as needed.
This FREE community group is for family and non-family caregivers, who provide care for an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability. CARE CONNECT is a monthly gathering where caregivers build relationships, attend workshops led by professionals, share resources and referrals, provide mutual support, develop new coping strategies, and find comfort, strength, and hope in a compassionate and safe environment.
Reasons to Join and Contribute to the Group
- Learn to accept help, ask for help, and acknowledge your
strengths as a caregiver.
- Be confident in knowing that you are not alone.
- Develop new friendships and get helpful information.
- Express your feelings to reduce caregiver stress.
For additional information, contact:
Lan Le, Program Director
*Respite available upon request
You can become a volunteer at special events and help adults with developmental disabilities and special needs. Volunteers must be 21 years of age and older.
For information, please contact Lan Le at email@example.com or 714-508-7635.