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 Hannah Goldstone at 203.487.0996 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the details of what the class or program offers and if it is a good fit for you and your child’s needs and abilities.
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 Director of Inclusion. 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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 orAilene@AngelfishTherapy.com.
Cooking with Hannah & Liza
Recipe 1: Banana Pancakes
Ingredients: 2 medium ripe bananas (yellow with brown spots) 2 tsp baking powder (not necessary, but helps them rise) 1 tsp vanilla extract (or sub another extract or citrus zest of choice) 2 large eggs 4-6 Tbsp of flour Oil (such as coconut or avocado — for cooking)
Instructions: 1. First make sure you wash your hands before you start cooking.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add bananas and mash until only small bits remain. Then add baking powder and vanilla extract and use a fork or whisk to mash until thoroughly combined.
3. Next add eggs, break yolks with a fork or whisk, and whisk thoroughly until well combined.
4. Lastly, add flour, 1 Tbsp at a time until a thick but scoopable batter is achieved (thicker than your average pancake batter, but not so thick that it appears dry). If you add too much coconut flour, add a little dairy-free milk to thin.
5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add a little cooking oil to coat the pan. Then spoon in roughly 3-Tbsp amounts of batter and reduce heat to low. These benefit from cooking slower and lower than your average pancakes. Cover with a lid to help the center cook through.
6. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then remove lid and flip carefully. Cook for 3-4 minutes more (lowering heat as needed if cooking too fast) or until the underside is golden brown. Transfer cooked pancakes to the preheated oven on the prepared baking sheet (or to a serving plate). Continue cooking until all batter is used up, as recipe is written, about 6 pancakes.
7. To serve, top with desired toppings, such as nut butter, sliced bananas or fresh fruit, dairy-free yogurt, or maple syrup.