Special Needs

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Keeping Inclusion at the Center

Founded on the belief that communities benefit when all people of all ability levels learn, grow, and celebrate together, the JCCGW is committed to incorporating children with special needs throughout our programming and facilities, boosting confidence, self-esteem, and social skills through interactive play, group learning, and daily socializing.

Inclusion of those with disabilities has always been at the forefront of our mission, and has made us an area leader in comprehensive special needs inclusion, from our programming to our facilities.

Explore the many ways we Keep Inclusion at the Center for children with special needs:

Early Childhood Education: Support & Intervention

Special needs are often not apparent to parents and families until a child enters pre-school or kindergarten. A learning specialist assists all of the Center’s preschool and kindergarten teachers in identifying and working with children with special needs, then coordinates with both teachers and parents on how to best address student learning needs. If a child’s needs are outside the JCCGW’s scope of services, we work together with your family to recommend the very best local programs for your child.

Inclusion at Camp JCC

Funded by a generous grant from the National Inclusion Project, the JCCGW has implemented Let’s ALL Play—a model for inclusion in recreational settings—into Camp JCC’s pioneering inclusion program, giving children with disabilities a typical summer camp experience with their friends and siblings. The result is an award-winning inclusionary camp experience like no other. Contact us to learn more.

Isadore & Bertha Gudelsky Exception Swim Program

Created for children, teens and adults with orthopedic-related disabilities, this swim program partners professional staff members (a coordinator, physical therapist, and adaptive water instructors) and volunteers with participants to teach the basics of swimming and help students feel comfortable in the water. For more information contact Melanie and Herb Dubin at 301-622-1780 or Dubinm5@verizon.net.

Everyday Accommodations

In addition to our ECE learning specialist, the Center provides everyday accommodations to ensure children with special needs feel comfortable, included, happy, involved—and remain safe—at all times. These daily accommodations include:

  • Sign language and oral interpreters
  • Infrared listening system in the Kreeger Auditorium
  • Wheelchair accessibility throughout Center facilities
  • Temporary wheelchairs for ease of movement throughout Center facilities
  • Flashing light alarm system

Volunteers – An Integral Part of Inclusion at the Center

Volunteers are an essential part of our continuing efforts to integrate children, teens, and adults with special needs throughout JCCGW programming. Opportunities abound for those who would like to volunteer with those with special needs. For more information, contact Melanie and Herb Dubin at 301-622-1780 or Dubinm5@verizon.net.

Questions about inclusion at the JCCGW? Contact us!