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Special Needs Services & Programs

The Milton and Frances Schloss Special Needs and Services Department was created in 2013 to provide programming for children, teens, young adults, and seniors with disabilities. This department develops and expands programming and services to support and enrich the lives of individuals with special needs and their families; and, looks for unique, creative, and innovative ways to serve the community.

We strive to provide inclusive and adaptive programing for individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. The JCC staff works with families to ensure that proper placement and accommodations are made, when possible.

For more information about special needs services at the J, or to let us know what your needs are, please contact Nikki Downey, Director of Camp, Inclusion, and Athletics, at 513.761.7500 X 1244 or by email at: inclusion@mayersonjcc.org.

National Inclusion Project

Current Programs

Fitness and Friends: Where Fun Has No Limitations
Ages 18+

For adults with intellectual disabilities, who are able to participate independently. This inclusive class offers low-impact exercise, opportunities to socialize, and creative crafts.

Summer Session 1: June 4 – July 15
Summer Session 2: July 16 – August 19

Sundays, 1 – 3pm – No class April 16; J Members: FREE

To register for Fitness and Friends, please contact Nikki Downey, Inclusion Coordinator, at 513.761.7500 X 1244 or by email at: inclusion@mayersonjcc.org.

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Fitness and Friends: Grades K – 6

For children with intellectual disabilities who are able to participate independently. This fun, engaging class features low-impact exercise, opportunities to socialize, and creative crafts.

Summer Session 1: June 4 – July 15
Summer Session 2: July 16 – August 19

Sundays, 1 – 3pm – No class April 16; J Members: FREE

To register for Fitness and Friends, please contact Nikki Downey, Inclusion Coordinator, at 513.761.7500 X 1244 or by email at: inclusion@mayersonjcc.org.

Register


Adaptive Zumba
Ages 18+

For adults with intellectual disabilities who are able to participate independently. This class offers high-energy Latin moves and dancing. No dance skills are required.

April 6 & 20; 7pm
J Members: FREE

To register for Inclusive Water Fitness, please contact Nikki Downey, Inclusion Coordinator, at 513.761.7500 X 1244 or by email at: inclusion@mayersonjcc.org.


Adaptive Basketball
Ages 18+ – J Members Only

April 13 & 27, May 11 & 25, June 8 & 22, July 6 & 20, August 3, 17 & 31; 7pm

For adults with intellectual disabilities, who are able to participate independently. This inclusive class offers team-focused exercises and opportunities to socialize.

To register for Inclusive Basketball, please contact Nikki Downey, Inclusion Coordinator, at 513.761.7500 X 1244 or by email at: inclusion@mayersonjcc.org.


Adaptive Water Fitness
Ages 18+ – J Members Only

May 4 & 18, June 1, 15 & 29, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24; 7pm

For adults with intellectual disabilities, who are able to participate independently. This fun, engaging class offers low impact exercises, socializing, and creative crafts.

To register for Inclusive Basketball, please contact Nikki Downey, Inclusion Coordinator, at 513.761.7500 X 1244 or by email at: inclusion@mayersonjcc.org.


Summer Camp
Camp at the J includes children with disabilities into its camp programs. The Inclusion Coordinator considers recommendations from parents, educators, and JCC staff to facilitate proper placement and accommodations for each individual.

Learn more about Camp at the J here.


JCC Early Childhood School
The JCC Early Childhood School, for children ages 6 weeks – 5 years and offers an innovative developmental, age-appropriate curriculum that encourages curiosity, imagination, and self-esteem, while also introducing important pre-kindergarten readiness skills. The ECS is committed to providing access to educational, recreational, and social programs for children with special needs.

Learn more about the JCC Early Childhood School here.


The Schloss Special Needs and Services department was made possible through the generosity of the Milton and Frances Schloss Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

For more information about special needs services at the J, or to let us know what your needs are, please contact Nikki Downey, Inclusion Coordinator, at 513.761.7500 X 1244 or by email at: inclusion@mayersonjcc.org.

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