Mission & Goals

Mission & Goals

Our Mission

SPARC (Special Programs & Resource Connection) enhances the lives of people with developmental disabilities through high quality therapeutic recreation activities. Participants work on skill development in a nurturing social community that does not otherwise exist in their lives.

Our Goals

SPARC offers a wide range of recreational, arts, athletics and wellness programs for the Westchester County special needs community ages 5 through adulthood. Our mission is to provides fun experiences and engaging activities for over 1,500 participants in the greater Westchester County area, facilitated by highly trained and caring professionals in a structured, nurturing environment.SPARC programs are offered in partnership with area schools, recreational venues, arts organizations, community centers, and in residences, to create memorable experiences for participants and families alike.

Our program specialists lead activities designed to overcome their obstacles as they develop positive life skills that foster:

  • A more positive attitude
  • Greater confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved socialization, communication, and relationship building skills
  • A higher sense of accomplishment and independence
  • Community integration skills through enhanced self-expression
  • Higher levels of decision-making and problem solving in social situations
  • An open mind to engage in new experiences

Our Professional Team is Just Right for You

SPARC’s team of creative professionals provide our participants with experienced leadership in delivering therapeutic recreation, music and art therapy, special education, social work and more. We understand our participants’ unique personal and functional needs, including autism spectrum disorders, learning and developmental disabilities, communication disorders, seizures, allergies, special diets and adaptive equipment. Our SPARC Program Specialists are knowledgeable about individuals’ social, emotional, physical, and medical concerns. We inspire participants to “reach for the stars” in a spirit of encouragement, friendship and fun.

If you’d like to join our leadership team, please click here for a job application, or email us at joinourteam@sparcinc.org.

Board of Directors

  • Michael Emerson, President
  • Lisa S. Cohen, Vice President
  • Stacey Deziel, Secretary
  • Sanford Proner
  • Roger Campos

Please call for information about joining our board.

Important Notice

As SPARC continues to prioritize the health and safety of our participants, staff and the special needs community, we made the difficult decision in March to temporarily cancel our in-person programs to help do our part and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Even though our programs are on a PAUSE right now, SPARC has successfully continued to service the community by offering Virtual Programming to all of our participants. For 31 years, it has been our commitment to enrich the lives of people with special needs. We hope that you can help us continue our mission especially during this difficult time. DONATE NOW

Please note our main office remains closed but we are still reachable via our main line (914) 243-0583.

We are deeply grateful for your support of SPARC. Stay safe!