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)
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Special Needs Programs for Children
After School Inclusion at Kids Center • OM JCC
Grades K-5. Children of varying disabilities are mainstreamed into Kid 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.
Ages 5-15. Afternoons of recreational and social activities for children and teens will include games, arts and crafts, athletics, and swimming. Participants will also have an opportunity to play in a recreational sport appropriate to their needs. This is a great venue to develop appropriate social skills and friendships, enhance coordination, increase self-esteem, and create a feeling of acceptance in the community. All participants must have an intake with the Director of Special Needs before enrollment.
Sunday Funday - Swimming
Ages 5-15. Add on an hour of fun in the pool for participants of Sunday Funday. All participants must have an intake with the Director of Special Needs before enrollment.
Sunday Funday - Art
Ages 5-15. Add on an hour of art and expression for participants of Sunday Funday. All participants must have an intake with the Coordinator of Special Needs before enrollment.
Special Volunteers Needed
Children and adults with special needs want to become friends with you!
Learn more about our Special Needs Programs for Adults
For more information call Sara Rubinstein: 410.559.3576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for informative workshops, parent mentor relationships, or local resources to help you navigate the complex terrain of supporting a loved one with different abilities? Visit The Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance for more information.