Children's Unified Benefits and Services

CUBS History

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans formed the Autism Task Force in early 2016, recognizing that, while there was a growing need for services for children and adults with autism, these needs were outpacing the capacities of programs and service providers in our region. Across YGNO’s association, it has become a frequent occurrence for parents and family members to ask if Y programs can safely accommodate their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) because they are unable to find resources elsewhere. The Y’s purpose has always been to address the most pressing needs of the people and communities we serve. This history led us to begin exploring the delivery of services to the ASD community and to partner with a variety of diverse stakeholders. This understanding led to the formation of the Autism Task Force. Now, in addition to the task force, the Y wants to offer services to people regardless of ability. Thus, Children's Unified Benefits and Services was born, a program where every child, and their families, can feel comfortable.


Spectrum Playgroup

Spectrum Playgroup is a group made for and facilitated by parents of children with Autism with the support of the YMCA. This play group is open to children five and under, particularly children on the autism spectrum, or who have similar exceptionalities. The Y provides space and activities to help build social skills, meet new friends in a safe environment, and develop lasting relationships. The fall playgroup begins on October 18th and will run on Wednesdays from 12:15-1:00 pm. Click here for more details.

Brushes, Buddies, and Beyond

Check out our painting classes for young people with special needs. These classes meet once a week and the students are provided with a canvas and supplies. For fall registration details contact East Jefferson YMCA at 504-888-9622 and Belle Chasse YMCA at 504-392-9622.

Adaptive Swim Lessons

Summer swim lessons for young people with disabilities - learn to swim in a fun and safe environment.

iCan Bike

CUBS is proud to partner with iCan Bike to put on a camp for young people with disabilities to learn how to ride a bike. The camp will be November 18th-22nd. Learn more about the camp and register here.