Inclusion/Special Needs at the J

Welcoming. Community. Respect.

Inclusion at the JCC means welcoming all, regardless of age, faith, ethnicity, need or ability. This belief helps make us a strong and supportive community and upholds the Jewish ­— and universal — values of welcoming guests, kindness, respect, and communal responsibility. Individual differences are to be celebrated and can only further enrich the JCC community.

We are encouraging those with special needs to participate in various programs, whether within our traditional classes or in our specialized programs. If you wish to join any class or program, please contact Liza Fahey at 203.487.0946 or lfahey@stamfordjcc.org to discuss the details of what the class or program offers and if it is a good fit for you or your child’s needs and abilities. Don’t forget to look on our announcement board at the JCC for the latest events, programs, lectures, and much more!

 

 

 

 

My name is Liza Fahey and I am the new inclusion coordinator at the Stamford JCC. I graduated from Syracuse University where I majored in child and family studies and minored in psychology. For the last three summers I have worked with Hand-in-Hand here at the JCC, and this past summer served as the assistant director. 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Hannah Goldstone and I am the JCC’s early childhood inclusion coordinator. I received my bachelors of science degree in health sciences, with a minor in special education, at James Madison University. I work with JumpStart, our therapeutic early childhood classroom for two-year-olds with special needs, and also work with children on the autism spectrum and their families.

 

 

Teamwork & Social Skills Building

 

JumpStart
Part of our family of early childhood education programs, JumpStart is a therapeutic early childhood classroom experience for 2-year-olds with special needs. The JumpStart classroom follows the pattern of a typical nursery school classroom, offering invaluable social and educational experiences in a group setting. For more information, see page 1 or please contact JumpStart Director Jane Faherty at 203.487.0980 or jfaherty@stamfordjcc.org.

Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad) at O-la-mi
Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad) is a division of O-la-mi, offering a unique summer experience for rising Pre K- Kindergarten and 3rd-8th graders with a variety of needs including, but not limited to, communication and learning differences, ADD/ ADHD, social anxiety, sensory motor integration challenges, and those on the spectrum. The mission of this program is to improve each child’s ability to develop positive relationships and make social connections in his or her community and with peers, as well as create a fun inclusionary summer experience.

 

Click here to learn more about the National Inclusion Project.

 

Save the Date for our Spring Inclusion event:

Thursday, April 20 • 7 – 9 p.m.
Special Education Law and Your Child's Rights:
Navigating Parents Through the Process of Obtaining an Appropriate Education with Lawrence W. Berliner, Dawn Matera and Dr. Mark Beitel.
To rsvp or for more information, contact Liza Fahey at 203.487.0946or lfahey@stamfordjcc.org.
No charge.

 

Look for these programs to return in the Fall 2017
R&R (Recreate & Relate)

ARTWORKS: By Arts for Healing

Music, Movement and Yoga

Classic Cooking

 

Hand in Hand at Day Camps@The J
Grades Pre-K – K, Grades 3 – 8

Two 3-week sessions:
June 26 – July 14 and July 17 – August 4
Pre-K: Mon. – Fri., 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kindergarten: Mon. – Fri., 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grades 3 – 8: Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad) is a division of Day Camps@The J, offering a unique summer experience to children with a variety of needs, including, but not limited to, communication and learning differences, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, sensory motor integration challenges, and those on the spectrum. The mission of this program is to improve children’s ability to develop positive relationships and make social connections in their community and with their peers, as well as to create a fun, inclusionary summer experience!

For more information or questions, please contact Hannah Goldstone (Pre-K–Kindergarten) at 203.487.0980 or hgoldstone@stamfordjcc.org or Liza Fahey (Grades 3 – 8) at 203.487.0946 or lfahey@stamfordjcc.org.

Hand in Hand is partially underwritten by First County Bank and the Louis J Kuriansky Foundation.

 


 

Other Special Needs Offerings at The J

 

Angelfish Therapy
We help children with a variety of special needs, sensory issues, and motor coordination difficulties reach their full potential through fun and challenging aquatic therapy sessions, swim lessons, and even land-based therapy. For more information, contact Aileen Tisser at 203.969.6431 or
 Ailene@AngelfishTherapy.com.

 

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