RIDGEWOOD UNIFIED PROGRAM (2021-22 School Year Details)

Sponsored by the Special Olympics, the Ridgewood Unified Program is a club for ALL students to come together for sports, games, community service, school events, and most of all, to have fun!  The Ridgewood Unified Program offers School Clubs, Leadership opportunities, Sports and Clinics, as well as School Wide Awareness Activities. Feel free to reach out on the contact page for more information!


  • RHS Club:   Will meet twice a month during lunch on Wednesdays, and offer Thursday Evening Clinics.  Advisors are: Bobby Rinaldi and Michael Kilcullen. 

  • BF ClubWill meet Thursdays twice a month, and offer a Unified Basketball and Unified Track Team.   They plan to hold a Friday Lunch Bunch as well.  Advisors are: Jess Vasquez and Ryan Crawford.

  • GW Club: Will meet Tuesdays twice a month for the after school club.  Advisors are: Wendy Padykula and Chris Watkins.  


Please see link to the website for all information, including registration and calendars: Ridgewood Unified Website


Email jvasquez@ridgewood.k12.nj.us for Middle School Questions or rrinaldi@ridgewood.k12.nj.us for High School Questions.


The Village of Ridgewood Department of Parks and Recreation seeks to make every program all-inclusive while offering accommodations as needed. This includes a myriad of offerings for preschool through middle school in art, science, nature, STEAM, etc. Programs specific to special needs include ArtisticallyAbled inclusive art instruction, PonyShare Equestrian Introduction, Every Kid's Life Skills which promotes healthy eating habits, proper hygiene, sleep and exercise.

More information:  www.ridgewoodnj.net/recreation, 201-670-5560, 259 N. Maple Ave, Ridgewood

REGISTER:  www.ridgewoodnj.net/communitypass (under Village Parks and Recreation)


Sharing the Arts is a non-profit performing arts program for individuals (ages 8 years through young adult) with special needs. Classes are led by teachers with support staff to provide redirection and assistance.  Pre-teen through college-age volunteers serve as assistants, demonstrators, mentors as well as friends in the class.  Programs include pre-ballet/jazz, hip-hop, vocal, acting and musical theatre.

More information: www.sharingthearts.com     info@sharingthearts.com     201-689-2397

Access Ridgewood

The goal of Access Ridgewood is to increase awareness of those with disabilities and create a more inclusive community.  

More Information:  https://www.facebook.com/AccessRWD/

Ridgewood Special Moms and Dads

Ridgewood Special Moms and Dads is a private Facebook group where members share information about programs, medical professionals, after-school activities and anything that relates to being a parent of a child with special needs.


Safety & Security: Did You Know?

You can register with the NJOEM’s special needs registry, so that emergency responders are aware of your child/family’s needs in case of disaster or emergency:


You can register your child with Bergen County Sheriff’s office Project Lifesaver: 


Making a trip to the ER? Alert the reception desk that your child is special needs upon check in . They will take extra care to help them through the emergency room process