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Mayerson JCC Disability Inclusion Awareness Month

Mayerson JCC Disability Inclusion Awareness MonthAdvocacy, Education, Acceptance

The Mayerson JCC will honor disabilities awareness with a month of educational and inclusive programming. From adventures with Madcap Puppets to a meaningful afternoon with advocate and comedian Pam Schuller, we’ll celebrate the things that make each person unique.

These programs are generously funded by Paul Heldman and Deborah Kirshner. 
Made possible by The Milton and Frances Schloss Special Needs and Services Fund for Children and Adults.


Events

Inclusive Shabbat
February 24, 5:30 – 8pm | at Hillel Cincinnati

Join us for a special Shabbat dinner at Hillel Cincinnati to learn more about the exciting events planned during our Disability Inclusion Awareness Month and the inclusions programs and services the J offers on a regular basis.

In partnership with Hillel Cincinnati and TAP at the University of Cincinnati


Seniors Friday Flicks
March 3, 1 – 3pm | For J Members 60+


PJ Library Madcap Puppets Party
March 5, 3 – 5pm | FREE with RSVP

We’ll enjoy a workshop led by the larger-than-life Madcap Puppets! Children of all abilities are invited to join us as we celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness at this fun PJ Library event. We’ll read a PJ Library book about the acceptance of all people, and make our own puppets, too!

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Sex vs. Sexuality
March 6, 6 – 7:30pm

Come to an informative lecture with Barb Thomas from the TALL Institute, an organization committed to encouraging individuals with developmental challenges to come together in a safe and welcoming environment. She’ll teach us tools and strategies to help family members, clients, residents, and students of all ages.

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Kaleidoscope: An Inclusive Community Art Exhibit
March 8, 7 – 9pm | FREE with RSVP

Join us for a show featuring pieces created by artists from local organizations that support and provide assistance to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. We’ll highlight artist stories and celebrate expression for people of all abilities! Enjoy a performance by Edward Wright at this opening night event.

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Tuesday Lecture with the Seniors
March 14, 10:30 – 11:30am

Each year People Working Cooperatively provides thousands of low – income, elderly, and disabled homeowners with a higher quality of living. Their professionally trained staff and volunteers help Ohio residents with critical home repairs, energy conservation and weatherization, mobility modifications, and maintenance services. PWC will be speaking to the JCC Senior community and their families about how to modify their living situation for aging.


Exploration of different Mobility Apparatuses in JCC Early Childhood School
March 15, 9 – 11am | For Early Childhood School students

Students will attend an experiential session in the muscle room where they will learn about different modes of mobility. For example, students will see, touch, and use a wheelchair to further understand its use.


Pam Schuller, Inclusion Speaker
March 26, 1pm; Teen event at 2pm

Comedian and advocate Pam Schuller will take the stage to share her extraordinary story of personal growth and success in the face of Tourette Syndrome. As a graduate of Knox College and Montclair State University, Schuller is a nationally – known advocate that has created improvisational theater programs as a tool for youth with disabilities. Schuller embraces what makes herself unique and calls on communities to view inclusion differently.

Teen Event: Teens will be laughing and learning together! Pam pairs experiential education with improv theater to create a space where teens can connect to the ideas and themes of creating a more inclusive community.

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Whose Life is it, Anyway?
March 27, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Join Barb Thomas from the TALL Institute, an organization committed to encouraging individuals with developmental challenges to come together in a safe and welcoming environment, for this engaging Lunch ‘n Learn. Find out everything you need to know about assisting others in making healthy sexual and social choices.

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Therapeutic Outdoor Recreation Hike at Sharon Woods
March 27, 4 – 5pm | Ages 15+

Teens and adults will have the opportunity to explore nature in one of Cincinnati’s finest parks, Sharon Woods. This hike will be lead by the Mayerson JCC’s very own environmental specialist and Recreation Therapist, as they guide participants through the natural habitat of the historic Queen City. This hike is geared towards individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities who can participate independently. Caregivers and families are welcome to join.

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Chaverut and PJ LibraryChaverut and PJ Library
March 29, 9 – 10:30am | For Early Childhood School students

Students will be read a book about people with disabilities from our PJ Library, and then work with each other in creating sensory toys that campers can use during the summer when they need time away from their groups.


A discussion on Special Education Law and Advocacy
March 29, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Do you know if your child is receiving all the support and services that they are guaranteed by state and federal law? Do you have questions about IEP’s, 504 plans, extended year services, or just daily school services? Join Carla Leader for an educational seminar on your child’s rights and the steps you can take to ensure their well-being. Leader has been a practicing attorney for over 16 years and has devoted her time specifically to the area of Special Education Law and Advocacy since 2012. She has been instrumental in ensuring that her clients receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) from school districts across Ohio.


On-Going Programs

These inclusive programs are taught by our Schloss Special Needs and Services Instructors and advocates.

Adaptive Basketball
Ages 18+ | March 30, April 13 & 27, May 11 & 25, 7 – 8pm

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 Zumba
Ages 18+ | March 23, April 6 & 20, 7 – 8pm

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.

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+ | May 4 & 18, June 1, 7pm

For adults with intellectual disabilities, who are able to participate independently. This inclusive water class offers low impact exercise and the opportunity 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.


Fitness and Friends
Grades K – 6 | Sundays 1pm – No class April 16

For children with intellectual disabilities who are able to participate independently. This fun, engaging class features low – impact exercise, 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.


Fitness and Friends
Ages 18+ | Sundays 1pm – No class April 16

For adults with intellectual disabilities who are able to participate independently. This inclusive class offers low – impact exercise, 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.