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The Special Needs Services Department offers weekday and weekend recreation prorgams for young adults and adults with special needs.  These programs are designed for our participants between the ages of 15 and 30 years old.  Our unique programs allow our participants to access the same recreational activities as their peers by providing them with the support and accomodations they need to be successful.  While the programs are specifically for young adults and adults with disabilities, our participants are simultaneously able to be included in the community as they utilize the JCC facilities and interact with other JCC members. Remember though, age is just a number so please contact us if you are interested in one of these programs.

All new participants need to schedule an intake interview before registering.  To schedule an intake interview, or for additional information about our programs, please contact:

Rebecca Gallanter, Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3478 or


Chrystal Henion, Assistant Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3507 or

Please contact Robin Cohen, Program Administrator at 973-530-3422 for additional information or to register for a program. 

*JCC MetroWest is proud to serve as an approved Real Life Choices/Self-Determination provider via the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD). 

Girls Night Out*

Women ages 15-30
Monday evenings: 5:30-7:30pm

Have you been wondering what the latest fashion and make up trends are? Are you missing watching those “chic flicks?” Well Girls Night Out is just the program for you! Join us on Monday evenings for a night with the women of Club JCC.  We plan to enjoy learning about makeup, fashion, cooking, what’s new in entertainment, arts & crafts, and other fun activities.  Through these activities we will work on improving our social skills and life skills! Supervised by professionals with extensive experience with individuals with special needs.

Fall 2013: 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 (10 sessions)
Winter/Spring 2014: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 (10 sessions)

Cost: $350 Members/ $400 Guests


Club JCC on the Road

Participants ages 15-30
Join Club JCC as we hit the road for overnight trips to explore the wonderful world around us! Participants will learn to take public transportation, visit historical sites, enjoy recreational activities, and spend time with peers. The cost of the trip includes transportation, admission into local exhibits, food, and accommodations.  Participants may bring additional money for souvenirs.   Locations include Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington DC.  See program flyers for specific trip information.

Summer 2013: 8/26-8/27: Washington, DC

Fall 2013: 11/7-11/8: Boston, MA

Winter/Spring 2014: 1/19-1/20: Philadelphia, PA and 5/25-5/26: New York City

Cost Per Trip: $650 JCC Members/$700 Guests

A Day Away from the J

Participants ages 15-30
Sunday afternoons from 12:00-5:00pm

Be part of the fun as Club JCC goes off and away for a day of full of fun and adventure on Sundays from 12:00pm-5:00pm.  Participants will take transportation from the JCC to an exciting location in the tri-state area.  Venues include indoor water parks and amusement parks, art studios, and various other attractions. Our group will enjoy lunch and an afternoon of excitement with their peers.  Price of trip includes admission, lunch and transportation.  Participants may bringadditional money for snacks and souvenirs. 

Winter/Spring 2014: 5/4—iPlay America

Summer 2014: 7/20- Yankee's Game and 8/17- Keansburg Runaway Rapids 

Cost Per Trip: $130 Member/$145 Guest


Club JCC in the Kitchen*

Participants ages 15-30
Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Get cooking with Club JCC as we whip up a six week cooking series focusing on nutrition, hygiene, and delicious food with “Cuisine by Christine!” Our participants will enjoy preparing meals and snacks with Christine’s professional guidance.  This program will focus on allowing participants to appropriately engage during their leisure and recreation time.  Participants will learn about food preparation, a critical skill to maintain and develop independence, budgeting, nutrition, safety, health.  basic mathematic skills such as measuring.  Also emphasized will be following multi-step directions, collaboration, and improving inter-personal skills.  We will learn the ins and outs of making a delicious and nutritious meal in a safe and budget friendly manner! Price of class includes cost of food.

Week One: Breakfast Foods
Week Two: Lunch Foods
Week Three: Dinner Foods
Week Four: Appetizers
Week Five: Desserts
Week Six: Cooking Celebration

Winter/Spring 2014: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4 (6 sessions)

$240 JCC Members/$270 Guest

Get Creative with Club JCC for Adults!*

Participants ages 15-30
Sunday afternoons from 1:00-3:00pm

Get the creative energy flowing with Club JCC partnering with ARTS UNBOUND! The talented artists from ARTS UNBOUND will be employing a sampling of creative mediums with our members who can expect to learn a variety of artistic techniques while keeping an emphasis on hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills, and organization.  This program will engage our participants individually while also encouraging collaboration and social interaction to complete some projects. The program fee will include all materials; all you need to bring is your creativity and imagination.

Winter/Spring 2014: 12/15, 1/5, 1/26, 2/2, 2/23, 3/9, 3/30 (7 sessions)

$320 JCC Member/ $350 Guest

Club JCC Sports & Recreation*

Participants ages 15-30
Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm

A sports and recreation program for individuals with disabilities who are looking to “step up their game.” Participants will learn basic skills and rules of popular games such as basketball, soccer, baseball, and tennis. As levels of physical fitness increase as new activities are learned, the group will also be learning to engage in appropriate social behaviors. Focus on learn turn-taking skills, how to be a gracious winner and loser, and teambuilding.  This program will emphasize following directions, completing multi-step tasks, and health & fitness while improving coordination and motor skills.
Fall 2013: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 (8 sessions)

$240 member/$280 guest 


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