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The JCC is a community partner in enhancing the social, emotional and physical developmental needs of, and facilitating a sense of empowerment and independence in, children, teens and adults with physical, developmental, neurological, learning and mental health challenges.

For more information about JCC special needs programs and services, contact the JCC Inclusion and Support Services team at 617-558-6508.

Classes and Programs

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Special Needs Classes

Newton area, South area, Brookline and Metrowest, Throughout the year

Individuals with special needs are encouraged to participate in any mainstream or Inclusion and Support service offered by the JCC. Placement in appropriate classes is determined by the JCC Inclusion and Support Service staff. If you are signing up for a class for the first time, register by calling 617-558-6507/6508. If you have participated in previous special needs classes, please register online at www.bostonjcc.org/register.

The JCC offers financial assistance to those who qualify. If you are in need of financial assistance or a payment plan, or have questions regarding payment for registration, contact inclusion@jccgb.org. For more information regarding membership, registration, fee adjustment or special accommodations (e.g., locating an interpreter, accessibility, etc.) contact inclusion@jccgb.org or 617-558-6507/6508.

The following is a list of all JCC classes for participants with special needs. All classes take place in Newton except where indicated. Please contact inclusion@jccgb.org or 617-558-6508 for dates, times and fees.

Special needs classes for children and teens:

Fun and Games (South Area)
Adapted Aquatics(Newton and South Area)
Mini Sports
Music Stars
Get In Shape
Just Dance
Teen Activity Group

Special needs classes for adults:
Adult Adapted Aquatics
Fitness, Fun and Swim
Gentle Yoga
Saturday Night Out
Tikvah (Brookline)
Young Adult Social Group
Adult Social Group (Newton, Metrowest)
Adult Activity Group (Metrowest and South Area)
Wednesday Night Out (South Area)
Mass Self Advocates (Brookline)
Friends Drop-in (Brookline)

Adapted Aquatics - Leventhal-Sidman JCC

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Mondays, June 23 - August 11, 1-6pm/by appt. Tuesdays, June 24 - August 12, 1-6pm/by appt. Thursdays, June 26 - August 14, 1-6pm/by appt. Saturdays, July 12 - August 16, 8:30am-12pm/by appt.

Weekly swimming classes adapted for children and teens with developmental, neurological, physical and emotional challenges. Half-hour lessons grouped by skill levels. Taught by a certified Adapted Aquatics instructor. Lessons scheduled in coordination with the instructor.  Registration is not available online. For all programs, please contact Janis Robbins at 617-558-6507 or email jrobbins@jccgb.org. Enrollment is limited. All classes by appointment.

Adapted Aquatics - Striar Old Colony YMCA

Striar Old Colony YMCA, Fridays, June 27- August 15, 3-7:30pm/by appt.

Weekly swimming classes adapted for children and teens with developmental, neurological, physical and emotional challenges. Half-hour lessons grouped by skill levels. Taught by a certified Adapted Aquatics instructor. Lessons scheduled in coordination with the instructor.  Registration is not available online. For all programs, please contact Janis Robbins at 617-558-6507 or email jrobbins@jccgb.org. Enrollment is limited. All classes are by appointment.

Adapted Aquatics - Striar Old Colony YMCA

Striar Old Colony YMCA, Saturdays, June 28 - August 16, 10-5pm/by appt. Sundays, June 29 - August 17, 10-5pm/by appt.

Weekly swimming classes adapted for children and teens with developmental, neurological, physical and emotional challenges. Half-hour lessons grouped by skill levels. Taught by a certified Adapted Aquatics instructor. Lessons scheduled in coordination with the instructor.  Registration is not available online. For all programs, please contact Janis Robbins at 617-558-6507 or email jrobbins@jccgb.org. Enrollment is limited. All classes are by appointment.

Adult Activity Group - Special Needs (adults) - Summer

BAMSI Day Habilitation, 7/14/2014 6:30:00 PM - 8:30:00 PM

BAMSI Day Habilitation 521 Washington Street, Stoughton A monthly social group for adults with developmental challenges, offering opportunities for a variety of leisure-time activities such as craft projects, games, cooking, as well as trips to local shopping centers and restaurants. Participants pay for outside activities. Leaders: Maryellen McNally, Erin Donahue

Fitness, Fun and Swim - Special Needs ages 18+ - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 07/26/2014, End Date: 08/16/2014, Time: 3:00 PM-4:15 PM

(Ages: 18+ yrs) For young adults with different learning styles. Class combines 30 minutes of stretching, weights, cardio and Tai Chi along with 30 minutes of Aqua Zumba in the pool. Instructor: Justin Falxa

Wednesday Night Out - Special Needs Ages 18-30 Summer

BAMSI Day Habilitation, Start Date: 07/30/2014, End Date: 08/20/2014, Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

BAMSI Day Habilitation 521 Washington Street, Stoughton (unless otherwise noted in monthly flyer) (Ages: 18-30 yrs) A monthly social group for young adults with developmental challenges. This group offers a variety of leisure-time activities while working on skills of everyday living. Participants pay for outside activities. Meets one Wednesday evening per month. Leaders: Maryellen McNally, Erin Donahue

JCC Day at Grossman

JCC Camp Grossman, Sunday, August 10, 2014 1-4pm

Geared for families with children
Spend the afternoon at camp with your family! Enjoy a range of activities including: waterfront (beach, swimming, boating, water trampoline, water slide, fishing and more), sports (newcomb, gaga, basketball, street hockey, capture the flag and more), arts and crafts and the rock climbing wall. GPS address: 294 Powissett Street, Dover. No raindate. Check bostonjcc.org/grossmanjccday after 11am on the day of the event for an update. All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. For more information, contact grossman@jccgb.org or 617-244-5124.

L'Chaim (To Life) Fun, Fitness and Community - Inclusion and Support Services - Ages 31+ - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/09/2014, End Date: 12/16/2014, Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

(Ages: 31+ yrs) Socialize, dine out, work out in the gym, see a show! A group for adults with mild special needs. Group members decide their own leisure-time activities with the assistance of an advisor. Particpants pay for outside activities. Instructor: Trudy Bauer

Young Adult Social Group - Inclusion and Support Services - ages 18-30 - Fall

LSJCC, Start Date: 09/14/2014, End Date: 12/07/2014, Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

(Ages: 18 - 30 yrs) Social, cultural and recreational activities for young adults with mild/moderate challenges. Includes a variety of leisure-time activities taking place within and outside the JCC, chosen by the group members with assistance from their advisors. Participants pay for outside activities. Instructors: Breanna Robinson, Liz Niedzwiecki

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