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 inclusion coordinator at the Stamford JCC. I graduated from Syracuse University where I majored in child and family studies and minored in psychology. I have been the director of Hand In Hand for the past two years, and work in JumpStart during the year.

 

 

 

 

 

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, click here or please contact JumpStart Director Jane Faherty at 203.487.0980 or jfaherty@stamfordjcc.org.

 

Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad)
Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad) is a division of Day Camps@The J, offering a unique summer experience for rising Pre-K – 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! For more information, click here or contact Liza Fahey at 203.487.0946 or lfahey@stamfordjcc.org.

 

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

Click here to learn more about the National Inclusion Project. 

 


 

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.

 


 

Superheroes of The J!

February is National Jewish Disability and Inclusion Month. 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

Here at the Stamford JCC, inclusion is an attitude and belief that our community and staff fully embrace. Throughout this month, the Stamford JCC would like to highlight and share the amazing inclusive programs we offer during the year.

The first video we are going to share is emphasizing the importance of accepting all individuals and showing that everyone has different super powers.

 


 

 

 

Inclusion Classes for the Spring Semester
For more information or to register, contact Liza Fahey at 203.487.0946 or lfahey@stamfordjcc.org.

 

Now there’s more to do on the weekends @ the J!
W - Look for the symbol for weekend class offerings.

      

NEW! Executive Sports
Ages 6 – 15
Executive functions comprise an array of skills which, together, are cognitive abilities to orchestrate oneself in a goal-directed manner. With an emphasis on athletics and a positive experience, seasoned educator Coach Bill instructs youth with varying abilities in tennis and basketball. A volunteer coaching staff of two will be rotated to help personalize each 60-minute class, ensuring that students are kept active and engaged.

Ages 6 – 10
Wednesdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 24 – May 29
Member $162 / Community $192 (6 sessions)

Ages 11 – 15
Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.
Apr. 24 – May 29
Member $ 162 / Community $192 (6 sessions)

 

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