Special Needs

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

Toddlers in Motion
This program is for parents and their toddlers who have different learning styles. Each session will consist of cooking, gym activity, or finger painting. In addition to large motor-play for children, parents are provided with information for community resources.

Astounding Art
Ages 8–21. Astounding Art gives children and young adults with special needs, the opportunity to engage in creative projects, such as ceramics, papier mâché, and crafts.

After School Inclusion at Kids Center • OM JCC
Monday-Friday afternoons
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.

Sunday Funday
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.

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
or join adults for Shabbat dinner. There are opportunities for many other activities as well.
Won't you consider volunteering for this special need?


For more information call Sara Rubinstein: 410.559.3576 or email srubinstein@jcc.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.

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