Special Needs Adults
Services for People with Special Needs
The Baltimore JCC's department for people with Special Needs provides appropriate social and recreational programs for children, teens and adults with disabilities. Our programs give participants the opportunity to interact with their peers, enhance self-esteem and improve social skills. Whenever possible, we encourage the integration of participants into JCC classes, camps, after-school programs, groups and events. Inclusion in these programs helps these very special members develop a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish community.
The JCC is fully accessible to those with special needs. We offer:
- Sign language and oral interpreters upon request
- Infrared listening systems in our performing arts facilities
- Physical accessibility throughout both facilities
- TTY available for incoming and outgoing calls (MD Relay# 1.800.735.2258)
Special Volunteers Needed
Children and adults with special needs want to become friends with you! Volunteer to play with kids in a group, spend time one-on-one with a teen, tutor a child, join adults for Shabbat dinner, and more!
Special Needs Programs for Adults
Ages 18-35. Young adults with developmental disabilities participate in a social skills curriculum facilitated by a social worker. This program is sponsored by Yachad, an organization that serves people with disabilities.
Ages 21-35. Young adults with moderate special needs will take a Sunday trip once a month, including: baseball games, miniature golf, bowling, eating out, and museums. This is a wonderful way to make new friends. There is NO transportation provided for this program. Specific dates are to be determined.
KLAL For Every Season
Ages 16-25. Participants engage in life skill training, vocation activities, and recreational games. KLAL (Keep Living And Learning) provides a place for young adults with learning, developmental, social, emotional, and physical disabilities, to develop appropriate social skills and friendships, and increase self-esteem.
KLAL Cooking and Healthier Living
Ages 16-25. Teens and young adults with developmental disabilities will learn about nutrition while creating healthy and delicious foods. We will use easy recipes that participants can make independently or semi-independently.
Ages 18+. Adults with developmental disabilities can have fun crafting ceramic projects. This program is sponsored by the JCC and Yachad, an organization that serves people with disabilities.
Getting Together Club
Ages 18+. Adults can improve their social and life skills, as well as their emotional well-being. This weekly social group offers activities both at the JCC and in the community. All participants must have registration forms on file before attending Club activities.
Ages 18+. This weekly social group creates its own schedule of recreational and leisure time activities and programs, including arts and crafts, music, cooking, and holiday celebrations. This program is for adults who have mild to severe delays or other developmental and/or physical disabilities. All participants must have registration forms on file before they attend Club activities.