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When it comes to members of our community with special needs, we are committed to enhancing their quality of life. We believe individuals with special needs should have the opportunity to achieve their highest potential and lead independent and fulfilled lives as members of our community.
What our Special Needs Area of Impact can do for our community:
"My two children have been actively involved in the ACHaD program at the Katz Jewish Community Center for a few years. The best part about this is that all of their activities are under one roof! It's like a second home for my kids. There is no need for a different transition every few months. They love it here, and so do I."
with special needs and their families received one-on-one help by the Jewish Abilities Alliance this past year
with special needs participated in the Open Hearts/Open Doors summer camp inclusion program at the JCC this summer
160 young adults
with special needs found job coaching, vocational placement, and mentorship through JFCS this year
A department that provides individuals with special needs a safe and nurturing environment to build social skills, enhance self-esteem, and cultivate friendships. Programs include a variety of fun and engaging social and recreational activities such as art, basketball, fitness, inclusive karate, music, social groups & dancing, and swimming.
A special needs inclusion camp program that provides accommodations for children with disabilities to fully participate with age-appropriate peers at the JCC Camps at Medford and Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC.
A high school transition program through JFCS, which helps many students with special needs transition to adult life, including job samplings, vocational assessments, resume development, and interviewing skills.
A nationally recognized one year, high school transition program which provides training and education leading to employment for students with disabilities.
A program that provides culinary training to individuals with disabilities, to help prepare them for a career in the hospitality or food industry.
An enrichment day program that offers dynamic programming which includes physical fitness activities, music workshops, creative art projects, group discussions, and life skills training.
SAIL (Supports to Achieve Independent Living) and SOAR (Social Opportunities and Recreation) are both programs for individuals with special needs. SAIL is a social, recreational, and life skills program designed for young adults who have graduated from high school, are able to work competitively in the community, have the ability to participate in group activities independently. SOAR addresses the same needs as SAIL, but for those who require additional support.
A user-friendly gateway to resources in the Jewish or general community for people with disabilities. The JAA is the Jewish community's network that links individuals with disabilities, and their families, to resources, services, support groups, workshops, clinics, and recreational programs within their community.
A program through JFCS that assists individuals with special needs in finding jobs by helping with resume writing, interviewing skills, and completing job applications.
Talia is 19 and recently graduated from high school. She was feeling depressed about not going off to college with her peers, and really needed opportunities to get out into the community, be engaged, and find ways to make new friends.
Our Jewish Abilities Alliance referred her to Jewish Family & Children’s Service to learn more about one of their social programs called SOAR, and supported employment opportunities. Talia was also referred to the Katz Jewish Community Center to learn about all the great classes and activities she could participate in through the ACHaD program.
We are very happy to say that Talia now has a full social calendar and has made lots of new friends!
Make a difference in someone's life by volunteering. Learn more at jewishsouthjersey.org/volunteer.