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

Inclusion and Support Services

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. 

We are happy to work with individuals and families to provide accommodations, to the best of our ability, to ensure that everyone can participate meaningfully.  We can provide the following accommodations during most on-campus programming and can discuss other accommodations as needed.  Please email Beth Mitchell, Director of Inclusion and Diversity at [email protected].  We require a minimum of 2 weeks prior to an event to request accommodations.

  • Closed-caption service for virtual programming (for speech or hearing difficulties)
  • Large print materials
  • Chair with arms for added stability
  • Preferential seating near a presenter
  • Presenter to use microphone
  • Closed captioning for virtual events
  • Personal assistive listening device to amplify sound
  • American Sign Language interpreter (requires 30 days notice)
  • Noise reducing headphones
  • Wiggle seat
  • Sensory fidget tools
  • Provide ingredient lists, when available, for food allergy awareness

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please click here for the request form.

Inclusion and Support Services Monthly Speaker Series

Collaborating with Your District to Ensure Your Child’s IEP or 504 Plan Addresses Their Needs During the Pandemic
Presented by Manes & Weinberg, Special Needs Lawyers

September 17 ∙ 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Discussion will include information on

  • Distance learning plans for virtual learning
  • Additional supports or services not provided during remote instruction
  • Compensatory education 
  • Transition planning
  • Health Issues
  • Effective communication strategies to collaborate with your Child Study Team or 504 team

Time will be allotted for Q&A.

Click here to register.

Beth C. Manes, Esq. and Jessica L. Weinberg, Esq. are founding partners of Manes & Weinberg, LLC, located in Westfield, New Jersey. Their practice concentrates in special education law, bullying, discipline, special needs estate planning, and guardianships. Beth and Jessica have been appointed by the State of Delaware Department of Education to serve as hearing officers for special education disputes, and Jessica served as a mediator with the New Jersey Department of Education for over 10 years. They have also been nominated a Super Lawyer and “Best Lawyers for Families” for New Jersey Family magazine for several consecutive years. They believe in a collaborative approach to achieving better outcomes for children.

How to Apply for Services for Your Child with a Disability Through the Lifetime 
Presented by Cheryl Crick of The Arc of New Jersey 

October 15 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Discussion will include information on  

  • How to apply for early intervention services 
  • Applying for services for ages 3 through 21
  • Overview of transition services post age 21
  • Services changes during the Covid-19 pandemic 

Time will be allotted for Q&A.

Cheryl Crick earned her degree in Public Relations from Rowan University and works for The Arc of New Jersey as the Coordinator of Family Advocacy and Advocacy Services. Through The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute, Cheryl empowers New Jersey families that have a loved one with an intellectual and/or developmental disability to become personally involved in public policy and advocacy, and provides caregivers with the necessary resources and education to access the appropriate support and services for their loved one. Cheryl is involved with several disability-related committees, task forces and coalitions throughout the state and in 2013 Cheryl graduated from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities’ Partners in Policymaking program. However, one of Cheryl's most important roles is that of a sibling. Her older brother has autism and an intellectual disability. In 2017 Cheryl became a Certified Sibshop Facilitator to help support younger siblings that have a brother or sister with an intellectual or developmental disability.      

Click here to register. 

10 Basic Steps for Financial Planning for Special Needs Caregivers
Presented by MassMutual, Special Needs Financial Planning Division

November 12 ∙ 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Details coming soon.

Click here to register. 

Special Needs Trusts Workshop
Presented by MassMutual, Special Needs Financial Planning Division

December 10 ∙ 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Details coming soon.

Click here to register.  

Learn more about our J-Embrace initiative

J-Embrace is our effort to expand and enhance our capacity to serve more vulnerable populations in our community – individuals with special needs and senior adults, in response to a growing demand for programs and services for these individuals.  Click here to learn more.

The Pursuit of Happiness
Transition Planning for a Meaningful Life

Click here for details

Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey

Zoom Support Group for Caregivers Responsible for Children with Disabilities

This group meet every two weeks or twice a month, excluding holidays, on Wednesday evenings, from 7:30-8:30 PM.  To be included, please contact Dr. Weitzman at [email protected] or at 908-233-8789.

September 9, September 23, October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2, December 16, January 6, January 20, 2021, February 3, 2021, February 17, 2021, March 3, 2021, March 17, 2021, April 7, 2021, April 21, 2021, May 5, 2021, May 19, 2021, June 2, 2021, June 16, 2021, June 30, 2021  

Zoom Support Group for Caregivers Responsible for Adults with Disabilities

This group meet every two weeks or twice a month, excluding holidays, on Monday evenings, from 7:30-8:30 PM.  To be included, please contact Dr. Weitzman at [email protected] or at 908-233-8789.

September 14, October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 14, December 28, January 11, 2021, January 25, 2021, February 8, 2021, February 22, 2021, March 8, 2021, March 22, 2021, April 5, 2021, April 19, 2021, May 3, 2021, May 24, 2021, June 7, 2021, June 21, 2021 

Learn more about the JCC's commitment to inclusion
Director of Inclusion and Diversity Beth Mitchell speaks in a Greater MetroWest panel discussion 

MetroWest ABLE Resource Guide

MetroWest Able is a network of community leaders and professionals who support and advocate for individuals with special needs and their families.  Click here to download the Greater MetroWest Resources and Services for Individuals with Disabilities. 

For more information on Greater MetroWest ABLE programs, resources and supports, please visit their webpage at https://greatermetrowestable.org/ or contact Rebecca Wanatick, Community Inclusion Manager, at [email protected] or (973) 929-3129.     

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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].
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.