Young Women's Program

The Young Women’s Program is a free, after school program that began in 2006, as an outgrowth of the Initiative for Women with Disabilities. The program introduces girls with physical disabilities between the ages of 14 to 21 to concepts of health and wellness.

This program is the only health and wellness program for young women with physical disabilities being offered in the tri-state area.

The Young Women’s Program provides an opportunity for young women to express themselves, socialize, exercise, learn about their bodies and become familiar with resources in the community. In addition, each participant develops her own health and wellness plan to identify achievable goals for the next six months.

At the Young Women's Program you can:

  • Be Active! Explore new ways to focus on health and wellness through our diverse class offering
  • Set Goals! Develop a Health and Wellness Plan to identify achievable goals
  • Socialize! Meet new people and develop friendships
  • Express Yourself! Share concerns, feelings and experiences with other young women with physical disabilities
  • Connect to resources in your community
  • Learn new skills through our expert instructors

We Also Provide:

  • Homework Help with Expert Tutors
  • Personal Care Assistance
  • Snacks and Dinner
  • Continuing Education- Once participants turn 21, they may choose to join IWD’s Empowerment Programgeared towards women 21-31 years of age

Class offerings include:

  • Exercise/Fitness: Cardio Blast, Yoga, Hip Hop Dance, Tai Chi, Self Defense, Zumba, Belly Dancing, Track and Adaptive Rowing
  • Expressive Arts: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Clay, Drama, Singing/Songwriting, Creative Writing, Drumming
  • Discussion Workshops: Traveling with a Disability, Socializing and Dating with a Disability, Going to a Gynecologist for the First Time, Planning for the Future (College/Career), and more
  • Nutrition: Common Sense Consuming and Building Healthy Habits
  • Beauty and Self Esteem: Hair Styling, Make Up, and Nails, Beauty & Self Esteem Discussion Groups
  • Other Wellness Services: Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Reiki

Comprehensive referrals available:

  • Primary Care Physician (Adult and Pediatric)
  • Gynecology Services (Equipped with fully accessible examination table)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Individual Nutrition Consultation
  • Adult Mentors
  • Social Work Services
  • Referrals to Outside Agencies/Programs


What do participants have to say about the program?

"I do the exercise techniques I learn here at home."

"I come to have fun, try new things, and meet new people."

"I come for the homework help.

 “People understand me here.”

"It (the program) gives me an outlet. I have freedom and a voice."

"It (the individual health and wellness goals) gives me something to work towards. I've never really pushed myself like this before."

What do parents have to say?

"My daughter likes the program a lot.

I see her progress in socialization and taking care of herself."

“My daughter looks forward to the program every week.

 She is very excited about it.”

“She [my daughter] really likes coming. Even when she is tired or has a lot of homework she always insists on coming. She always leaves happy."

“Thank you for helping my daughter.”

Upcoming Events & Workshops Schedule:

For more information and to register, please contact Suzanne Hurwitz, CRC, MS Ed, Program Coordinator at (646)754-1350  or

The Young Women's Program is partially funded by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.