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 [email protected].

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

For 34 years, SPARC, Inc. has impacted the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who come from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, socio-economic statuses, and religions.

We continue to embrace the differences of those we serve, our community and our staff members. Our programs, services and supports are accessible to persons of different races, ethnicities and diverse backgrounds. We believe that everyone is deserving of being treated with dignity and respect.

SPARC is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation/identity, education or disability, feel valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our programs, and worksites. We embrace unique perspectives, experiences and backgrounds and ensure that all voices are heard.

We will not tolerate discrimination, biases, harassment, or bullying of any kind. SPARC is an organization that celebrates the richness of our community.

Board of Directors

  • Roger Campos · President & Treasurer
  • Dr. Sanford Proner, DPM · Vice President
  • Carol Foy, SLP · Secretary
  • John DiRago
  • Linda Sampson, Esq.

Please call for information about joining our board.