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.  

Not-Your-Typical Special Needs Resource Fair

Sunday, February 2 • 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
FREE and open to the community!

FREE and open to the community!

Over 30 vendors!
Wide variety of specialties!
Recreation options and skills training!
Resource vendors!

Snacks available throughout the fair
Food available for purchase at the JCC café 

Giveaways available to the first 100 people

See what Jammin’ Jenn Music Therapy is all about
Performance from 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Leslie Faneilelle of Paper Mill Playhouse 
Two 15-minute performance demonstrations at 10:00  and 11:00 a.m.

American Bodywork and Massage Professionals will do 3-5 minute chairs massages during the fair.  Sign-up at the fair for your time slot.  Good for children and parents/caregivers.

Vendor List


Recreational programs

Camp Yachad
Shadow program for campers; skills training program for counselors

Creative Kids
Inclusive art activities

Del Martial Arts
Inclusive martial arts classes 

Game U
Adaptive robotics and gaming programs

Silent Events
Silent disco events where individuals can control music volume

Theatre in Motion
Inclusion theatre

Westfield YMCA Dragonfly Program
Young adult recreation

Wolves Basketball
Adaptive basketball programs


American Bodywork and Massage Professionals
Healing for the whole body

Congregation B'nai Israel
Inclusive religious education

Robin Edelstein 
Direct instruction

Dawn Ippolitti 
Art therapy

Do Terra and Satsang
Adaptive yoga and essential oils

Jammin' Jenn 
Music therapy

Learning RX
Executive functioning and brain training

Speech and Hearing Associates
Speech and hearing therapy

Therapy Garage 
Speech, OT and PT therapy and social skills groups

Marisa Vastoler
Speech Therapy

Lois Walter
Psychologist-run social skills group


Access Link
ADA-compliant public transportation

Archdiocese Newark
Resource information and ideas for parents

Behavior Analyst
Educational consultant and special education services

Freeman Law 
Special needs attorney

Hoch Orthodontics 
Adaptive orthodontic treatment philosophy

Jewish Family Services
Variety of support services

Manes & Weinberg
Special education attorneys

Earl Pederson and Barry Friedson 
Financial Advisors specializing in special needs trusts

Melanie Ritter from Emerson Dickman 

Temple Emanu-El 
Inclusive Ma'ayan religious program

Temple Sholom
Inclusive religious education

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 Kim Koza at kkoza@jccnj.org.
Single Lesson: Price: $44/session, Member Price: $38/session
Five Private Lesson Package: Price: $220, Member Price: $190 
Ten Private Lesson Package: Price: $396, Member Price: $342

Lessons must be paid for by the first day of class.  Private lessons must be completed over a 6-month period.  In the event of cancellation, please notify the instructor or Aquatics Director at least 2 hours prior to the start of the lesson.  If 2 hours notice is not given, you will be charged the cost of that lesson.  No credit given for uncompleted lessons.