Link-Up: Learning Independence in the Community

Link-Up: Learning Independence in the Community

An alternative to traditional day habilitation or “without walls” programs

White Plains, 9 am – 2 pm; Extended day options 2-4 pm

SPARC LINK-UP is an innovative daytime program that offers highly engaging experiences and opportunities for young adults who have finished high school in community integration and independent living activities.  SPARC offers a range of young adult growth opportunities, and this program supports higher ability participants with a 4:1 staff ratio.  Participants learn about navigating their own world by being part of a community, and learning how to utilize municipal services, public transportation, visiting exhibits and local cultural sites, going on tours, handling currency, and practicing pre-vocational skills.  Additionally, the group participates in community service, volunteer work and intergenerational experiences with children and senior citizens.  SPARC provides experiences that promote lifelong learning through instruction in life skills, guest instructors and educational programs that engage our participants’ mind, body and spirit.  Transportation is by family arrangement.

Place: White Plains

Time: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm; Extended day: Mondays 2-4 pm, includes yoga; Additional days 2-4 pm, special interest workshops

This is a Medicaid Respite Waiver program, and includes a program enhancement fee based on the number of days enrolled each week:

Days Enrolled
Each Week


Program Cost 


Cost includes 50 weeks of program enrollment. 

Medicaid ineligible applicants may call for scholarship information: (914) 243-0583

Start Dates: Rolling Admission

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!