Unique club for special needs adults opens

March 28, 2017 by  

Lauren Turiello recently opened a club for adults with special needs in Lyndhurst. Call the Social Science Club, many such adults from nearby North Arlington can take advantage of its many opportunities.

The Club meets five times a week and enables special needs adults to do what they want to do without the supervision of their parents, and to meet up with friends. Turiello and co-owner and sister, Melissa Howard, say the members can choose the movies they watch, the games they play, and the food they prepare.

Among the offerings are art, yoga, cooking, and board games. The Club is opened from 3:00 to 8:00 pm, and sometimes on Fridays it stays open until 10:00 pm.

Although Tutiello says that the term “special needs” is a broad term, and she and her sister have opened the Club to survivors of brain tumors, the cognitively impaired, and those with autism, down syndrome, or multi-chromosomal disorders. They do not focus on age, with most being at least 18 years of age or older. Currently, the oldest member is 30 years, old but others who are in their 50s have also come to the Club.

Tutiello and Howard might consider various mailing services to let those in the community become aware of the Club, its membership rates, and the daily, weekly, or monthly memberships available.

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