Special Needs

Childrens Programming

Camp Chaverim at the JCC's Camp Ruach is designed for campers with Special Needs, from age 3 through 3rd grade.

The Expanding Horizons Special Needs program at Jewish Family Service includes a Social Skills Learning Group for ages 8-18, a Sibling Support Group, and a Parent Support Group, as well as adult programs.

J-Zone Respite at the JCC provides 2 houes of recreational fun for children (ages 5-16) with special needs. This program offers a well deserved break to parents and caregivers from the daily challenges of childcare. An intake interview must be completed prior to registration.

Special Needs Swim Programs at the JCC include the Rising Tide Special Olympics Swim Team for ages 10 and up, and a Special Needs Swimming Skills Program for private lessons with certified instructors who have experience working with the special needs population.

Temple Beth-El Religious School offers alternative classroom options for those students who need a more individualized approach to learning. Religious School faculty are educated to the needs of children with special needs. In addition, curriculum modifications, one-to-one teenage teaching assistans, and other arrangements are made where needed. They work with each family to create a successful educational experience for every child. 

Temple Sholom Inclusion Committee promotes the full inclusion, appreciation, and participation of members of all abilities in the spiritual, educational, celebratory, and life events at the synagogue. The temple has a space with quiet activities for use during High Holidays and other large congregational events, and hearing amplification units for use in the sanctuary. Services are provided for learners with all abilities for formal and informal education programming.

Adult Programming

The Expanding Horizons Special Needs program at Jewish Family Service offers a Young Adult Social Club for Young Adults with Aspergers or Developmental Challenges.

JCares Adult Intern Program at the JCC provides meaningful and structured programming that promotes a feeling of independence and value. Interns are supported/mentored by trained staff and participate in an array of social and recreational activities, including but not limited to cooking, swimming, exercising, yoga, arts and crafts, activities of daily living (ADL’s), music therapy, art therapy, current events, computer skills, games, puzzles and more.  In the summer, interns participate in recreational activities at JCC Camp Ruach, the JCC’s summer day camp.

JConnects Social Program at the JCC hosts a series of fun and entertaining events for adults with special needs, including a hip hop dance class and an annual Special Needs Prom.

Mental Health Outpatient Care at Jewish Family Service provides individual, couple, child, family, and group therapy. 

Wilf Transport is a community transportation providing curb-to-curb transportation to keep seniors active and mobile. If necessary, door-to-door service can be provided when arranged in advance. The program provides assisted nonmedical, social, and quality-of-life transportation for seniors and individuals with special needs who are over the age of 18, living in their homes or at assisted living facilities throughout the community.