1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Ph: 908-889-8800
The gymnasium will close at noon on Sunday, April 30 due to set up needed for the Man in My Life Dance.  We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Special Needs

The JCC of Central New Jersey is committed to the inclusion of people of all abilities, backgrounds, denominations, gender identity and religious affiliations into all of our programs. We are committed to making our Wilf Jewish Community Campus a barrier-free environment and our programs equally inclusive. We believe inclusion is an attitude, not an activity. Inclusion is belonging. If you or a family member would like to participate in a JCC program and feel you may need special accommodations, please contact Mallory Zipkin at mzipkin@jccnj.org or 908-889-8800 x240. Whenever possible we will make reasonable accommodations to ensure accessibility for all. The JCC of Central NJ is a place where everyone is welcome.

For more information about Special Needs programming within the larger Greater MetroWest community, click here.

FREE Teen Night Out at the J

Saturday, February 11 • 6:45 - 8:30 p.m.
 social group for teens with special needs
for ages 14-18
Join us for dinner, games and Tu B'Shvat festivities including birthday cake for the trees!  We can't wait to hang with you.
RSVP to jbarry@jccnj.org by Wednesday, February 8.

Learning to Babysit for Children with Special Needs

Sundays, February 19, 26, March 5, 19, 26 • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (the March 26 class is from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and includes a 6-hour CPR/First Aid training)
at JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Open to teens in grades 8 - 12
During this five-week course, teens will be trained by a special needs professional through workshops, videos and meetings.  Students will be certified in CPR and First Aid with additional topics including disability awareness, rights and responsibilities, child development and behavioral challenges, communicating with the child with special needs, modifying games/activities, handling emergencies and more.  A list of teens that have completed the course can then be shared with families in the community seeking childcare.
For more information or to register, contact Rebecca Wanatick at 973-929-3129 or rwanatick@jfedgmw.org.
Price: $50

FREE Screening of the film, "Life Animated"

Tuesday, February 21 • 7:00 p.m. • doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Life, Animated is a documentary film chronicling the coming-of-age story of a man with autism.   It's based on the best-selling book Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Suskind about his son, Owen, who is on the spectrum.  Owen Suskind stopped speaking at age 3, but learned to communicate again through his love of Disney animated films. Using video of Owen, animation based on his drawings and scenes from Disney classics, the film tells the story of Owen’s path to adulthood.
Join us after the film for an optional moderated discussion with Josh Bornstein and Sharon Artz. This film was recently nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature! 
Click here to watch the trailer
RSVP to Mallory Zipkin at mzipkin@jccnj.org

JCC Shadow Program

If you would like your child to participate in a JCC program and feel that he/she may need special accommodations, please contact Mallory Zipkin at mzipkin@jccnj.org.  The JCC will evaluate each program and child to try to successfully match your child with an appropriate shadow volunteer.  We will look at each child on an individual basis to determine need and appropriateness of program.  Please note that there will be an additional fee for a shadow if we are unable to provide a trained volunteer.

Camp Yachad Shadow Program

Whenever possible, Camp Yachad serves children with disabilities in the same groups as all the other campers.  If you are interested in summer camp for your special needs child, please contact Mallory Zipkin at 908-889-8800 x240 or mzipkin@jccnj.org. Read more about our Camp Yachad Shadow Program.

If you are a teen looking for special need training and volunteer opportunities, consider being a part of the JCC's Teen Action Service Corps (T.A.S.C.).  Click here to learn more.


For questions about any Aquatics programs or to register, please contact Kim Koza, Aquatics Director, at 908-889-8800 x219 or kkoza@jccnj.org.

Private Swim Lessons for Children with Special Needs (all ages)

This one-on-one 30-minute aquatics class, taught by our trained swim instructors, is ideal for children with special needs. Lessons are adapted to each child's specific needs and limitations. for more information, please contact Kiz Koza. #24665-01 Single Lesson: Member: $35/session, Community Participant: $45/session #24665-02 Five Private Lesson Package: Member: $175, Community Participant: $225 #24665-03 Ten Private Lesson Package: Member: $300, Community Participant: $400

Private Services as Requested
Adaptive Sports with Throwback Sports

Individual or group sessions are scheduled to encourage happy and active children. In each Throwback Sports session, focus is on the Personal Play Goals that gradually allow for an increased teamwork concept while building up core physical skills. The key to all this is having fun. Children work towards understanding the concepts, strategies and significance of engaging with others in sports play such as baseball, football and basketball.  Facilitated by Mike Cohen and the Throwback Sports Team.  For more information, please email mzipkin@jccnj.org.