Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    5:30am - 10:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    5:30am - 10:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 8:18pm
Join the J Locations Schedules
Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    5:30am - 10:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    5:30am - 10:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 8:18pm

Special Needs

The JCC's department for people with Special Needs provides social and recreational programs for children, teens and adults with a range of disabilities.

We are an affiliate of the Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance, founded locally and now a major national source for parents who require resources, respite, and assistance raising loved ones with what we refer to as different abilities.

Our programs at the J provide participants with opportunities to interact with their peers, enhance self-esteem and improve social skills. We encourage the integration of participants into JCC classes, camps, after-school programs, groups and events. Inclusion in these programs helps all members develop a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish community.

Questions? Contact Sara Rubinstein | 410.559.3576 | srubinstein@jcc.org

The J is fully accessible to those with special needs, offering: 

  • Sign language and oral interpreters upon request
  • Infrared listening systems in our performing arts facilities
  • Physical accessibility throughout both facilities
  • TTY availability for incoming and outgoing calls (MD Relay# 1.800.735.2258)

Special Needs & Inclusion Programs for Children 

After School Inclusion at Kids Center | Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Grades K-5 | Monday-Friday afternoons
Children of varying abilities are mainstreamed into our Kids Center After School program with support and resources from qualified staff. Participants experience dynamic activities while paired one-on-one with counselors to help them with the inclusion process. The Special Needs department works closely with parents in order to create a successful plan.

School's Out | Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Grades K-5
School's Out provides elementary school-age kids with specials needs the opportunity to get the most out of school closings and vacations in a structured, safe, and fun atmosphere. We provide support for participants with special needs. Limited space is available.

Inclement Weather? School's Closed?

Grades K-5
For participants with special needs, contact Sara Rubinstein to find out if space is available, as we want to ensure your child has appropriate support throughout the day. 

Inclusion Program with J Camps

Grades K-6
Our Inclusion Program is designed for children with a range of learning, developmental, social, emotional, and physical disabilities. We offer this service in most of our J Camp programs. Learn more about how we welcome and support your child into our camps programs. 

Sunday Funday | Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Afternoons of recreational and social activities for children in grades K through 8 include games, arts and crafts, athletics, and more. This is a great venue for children to develop appropriate social skills and friendships, enhance coordination, increase self-esteem, and create feelings of acceptance in the community. All new participants must have an intake with the Director of Special Needs before enrollment. 

Teens and Adults

KLAL Summer Program | Rosenbloom Owings Mills

Ages 16-26. KLAL (Keep Living And Learning) is a dynamic summer program focused on recreational and vocational activities within the JCC community. Learn more about how we engage and support our campers. 

KLAL For Every Season | Rosenbloom Owings Mills

Ages 15-30. KLAL is a Sunday full of vocational and life skills activities for teens and adults with learning, developmental, social, emotional, and physical disabilities. Participants will engage in life skills training, vocational activities, and communication games. KLAL For Every Season provides a place for individuals with a wide range of special needs to develop appropriate social skills and friendships, increase self-esteem, and develop a feeling of connection with the Jewish community.

Social programs for Adults | Weinberg Park Heights JCC

Social Skills

Ages 18-35. Weeknights. 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.

Getting Together Club

Ages 18+. Weeknights. 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.

Chaverim Club

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.
Thursdays |  7:00-8:30pm | $2 drop in fee  

Arts with Yachad

Adults 18+. People with developmental disabilities, or without, can have fun crafting and creating projects at this inclusive arts class. This program is sponsored by the JCC and Yachad, an organization that serves people with disabilities. 

To register for programs at Park Heights please contact Sara Rubinstein | 410.559.3576 | srubinstein@jcc.org