Today’s Building Hours: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM


A Discussion on Special Education Law and Advocacy with Carla Loon Leader

January 11, 6:30 – 8:30pm | FREE with RSVP

Do you have questions about IEP’s, 504 plans, extended year services or just daily school services? Join attorney Carla Loon Leader for a seminar on Special Education Law and Advocacy.Leader’s practice focuses on special education and education rights matters, recognizing that assisting students in obtaining appropriate support and educational services to meet their unique and often complicated needs is crucial to ensuring current and future success.


A Discussion with Justice Richard Bernstein

January 15, 7pm


Join us for a fascinating discussion with Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein. The first blind justice to be elected to the Michigan Supreme Court, Justice Bernstein has been a tireless advocate for disabled rights throughout his career. He is a proponent of special education and is also a consultant to the Government of Israel on inclusion policies and practices. Justice Bernstein will share his experiences in a powerful discussion of overcoming obstacles, breaking down stereotypes, and changing perspectives.


Inclusion Art Show in Partnership with Special Olympics Hamilton County

February 9 – 28

Come enjoy an art show featuring art created and inspired by people with disabilities. Art provides new ways for individuals to express themselves, which can be extremely beneficial to individuals with a disability. In partnership with Special Olympics of Hamilton County (SOHC), the J will display award-winning artwork from SOHC’s annual juried art show. Explore this special exhibition to gain a new appreciation for the incredible talent and creativity within our community.


Financial Planning for Loved Ones with Special Needs, a discussion with Gregory French, Esq.

March 8, 6:30pm


Gregory S. French, Certified Elder Law Attorney, will lead a conversation reviewing the many steps that family members can take to plan for and meet the long-term needs of a loved one with disabilities or special needs. Among the steps to be discussed are special needs trusts, Ohio STABLE accounts, and government programs to meet health care and income needs. Mr. French’s practice focuses on maximizing the extent a person can benefit from the resources of parents and relatives as well as government programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. Join Mr. French for this how-to seminar.


Life, Animated: Disability Inclusion Awareness Keynote Speaker Ron Suskind

March 12, 7pm


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and documentarian Ron Suskind will share his experiences documented in his best-selling book Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism. The book and 2016 film of the same name document Suskind’s son Owen’s two-decade struggle with regressive autism, and the major breakthrough in communication he achieved through Affinity Therapy using popular Disney movies. Hailed by NPR as “a master storyteller,” adults and kids alike will connect with Suskind through his intellect and humor, as he shares unforgettable tales of power, perfidy, tragedy and triumph with astonishing insight and honesty.

Watch for more Disability Inclusion Awareness programs and events to come!


A Taste of PJ Library: Allergy-Friendly Passover Fun

March 18, 3 – 4:30pm


Foods served will be labeled and common allergens will be avoided. Join PJ Library for a fun family event to celebrate Passover and to support Disability Inclusion Awareness in our community. Part of the fun of Passover is eating so many yummy foods, but for those with food allergies, new menus can be a challenge. We will sample and learn how to make different Passover menu items while also learning about food allergies.



The JCC provides programs that help accommodate people with disabilities. Schloss Special Needs and Services strives to support and enrich the lives of individuals with special needs and their families.

Many JCC classes and programs, including the JCC Early Childhood School and Camp at the J, are accessible to children with special needs.

Made possible through the generosity of the Milton and Frances Schloss Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.