1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Ph: 908-889-8800

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.

Transition Planning for Families of Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities

Thursday, January 26 • 7:00 p.m. at the JCC
Adolescence is a challenging time and incorporating the skills needed into their school plans as they approach adulthood are vital.  With the many changes taking place in NJ with the DDD services, there is so much to learn.  Join us for an important workshop on how to navigate the transition planning process.

Workshop discussion will include:

  • Transition planning timeline
  • Incorporating the transition plan in the IEP
  • Parent vs. school responsibility
  • How to plan for and access adult services as they approach 21
  • What families need to know about Support Coordination Services
  • Initial steps and examples of funding sources (DDD/Medicaid/DVRS, SSI)

Workshop Leaders:
Josh Bornstein, Supervisor of Transition Services, Union County Educational Services Commission
Chris Kaiser, Support Coordinator, JFS of Central NJ
Maggie Drew, Support Coordinator, JFS, MetroWest

For further information and to RSVP, contact Rebecca Wanatick at 973-929-3129 or rwanatick@jfedgmw.org.

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

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.