Special Needs Programs
Our Passion to Serve All Children is Resolute
Inclusionary Programs for All
The Soref JCC strongly believes in the basic tenet of inclusion that all people regardless of disability should have the same opportunities and involvement in the community as their "typically developing" peers. As such, we embrace the diversity of everyone's abilities by serving all.
Inclusionary Children's Programs
Children with special needs are those who have a physical, developmental, sensory or learning disability that results in significant difficulties in areas such as communication, self care, attention or behavior and are in need of more structured and intense supervision. This includes disabilities such as developmental delays, hearing impairments, speech or language impairments, visual impairments, serious emotional disturbances, physical impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairments, or specific learning disabilities; and who, by reason thereof, need special education and related services.
Our JCC further extends the definition of special needs children to include those who have suffered from abuse and neglect. To that end, our strong partnership with Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options (JAFCO) enables many such children to attend our high quality preschool, afterschool, and summer camp programs.
The JCC, throughout its 34 year history in Broward County, has embraced and practiced inclusion for all residents in need. Our passion is evidenced by the large number of children and families who find a loving, nurturing environment at the JCC through academic enrichment, cultural arts programs and fitness activities.
Special Needs Adult Programs
Our special needs adult programs enable participation in a potpourri of activities and classes that otherwise would be unavailable. We are very proud of our unique partnership with the Jewish Community Center Association for the Deaf (JCCAD) that has made them an integral part of our JCC family.
We are pleased to provide meeting space at no charge for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Broward County. This wonderful organization works to end the devastating effects of MS through extensive research to find the cause, cure and improved treatments of the disease.
The Leonard Farber Aquatic Center at the Perlman Family Campus is equipped with a hydraulic disabilty lift that enables all residents to fully participate in aquatics. This disability lift was made possible through a grant from the Broward County Parks and Recreation Department.
Our JCC is a proud recipient of a grant from the Elderly & Persons with Disabilities Program administered by the Florida Department of Transportation. This generous grant enabled us to purchase a vehicle that serves needy residents of Broward County.
The JCC partners with numerous local agencies to extend our reach in pursuing our mission to help Broward County residents in need. Just a few of the many agencies that help assist us in our endeavors are 2-1-1 First Call For Help of Broward, Henderson Mental Health Center, and Jewish Family Service of Broward County. Much of the assistance we receive from these agencies is channeled through our WECARE Food Pantry Outreach Program that helps to meet the needs of Broward County residents in crisis.
We are always seeking to expand our services to an increased number of special needs children to enable them to attend our wide variety of children's programs. There is a significant cost for our JCC to provide services for special needs children and therefore we are very grateful to receive generous financial assistance from many premier organizations that include the following:
- Broward County Children's Services Council
- Broward County Parks and Recreation
- Broward County Swim Central
- David Posnack Foundation
- Florida Department of Transportation
- Jewish Community Foundation of Broward County
- Jewish Federation of Broward County
- McCormick Tribune Foundation's Sun-Sentinel Children's Fund
- Pythian Youth Foundation
- United Way of Broward County
Call Judy Kissel for further information at (954) 587-7033 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.