ACHaD Year-Round Events
The ACHaD Special Needs Department wants you and your family to feel welcome at the JCC and to feel part of a bigger community. We host a variety of special events throughout the year including a Dance Party, Passover Seder, Tess Norton Purim Basketball Classic, Art Gallery Reception, Bowl-A-Thon, and Community Resource Fair. Additional community outreach events include a Friendship Connection Walk, Workshops for parents of teens through young adults, and special presentations. For further information please contact Eileen at [email protected]
Autism Goes to the Movies
Join us for a night out on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 pm. Through the lens of a movie camera, explore:
- What autism looks like
- Unique challenges faced by people on the spectrum
- Triumph in the face of adversity
Guest speakers: Jennifer Hoheisel, a professor at Camden County College, and her son, Will, who has a degree in film studies. Together, they use their experience living with autism to challenge stereotypes in this unique presentation.
Cost: Free | Location: Katz JCC Social Hall
Friendship Connection Walk:
Katz JCC ACHaD and Samost JFCS Special Needs Departments and the Jewish Abilities Alliance of the Jewish Federation
Community members, individuals and families of all ages and abilities join us Sunday, October 28 at 1 pm for a one mile walk. Pre-registration is $10 per walker (includes a t’shirt). Day of registration is $15 per walker. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Eileen Elias at [email protected]
Come be part of our inaugural Friendship Connection Special Needs Community Walk on Sunday, October 28! Family, friends, and community will walk as one to connect and celebrate inclusion. This one mile walk will support awareness and a deeper understanding of the unique gifts of individuals with special needs. Partnership agencies include the JCC ACHaD Special Needs Department, the JFCS Special Needs Department and the Jewish Abilities Alliance of Southern New Jersey. We hope you and your family can join us for this fun and meaningful community event. The day would be greatly enriched by your participation as individuals in our community with special needs take center stage.
Registration begins at 12pm | Walk begins at 1pm
Pre-Registration byTuesday, October 16:$10/person. Pre-Registration participants will receive a t-shirt.
Day of Registration: $15/person.
Planning the Transition from School to Adult Life (2018-2019)
Take part in a series of workshops for parents of teens ages 14 through young adult, Tuesdays at 7pm at the Katz JCC, starting in the fall of 2018. Our schedule is below:
- Oct 23 – Transition and the IEP
- Nov 27 – PerformCare to DDD
- Jan 22 – Support coordination
- March 26 – Guardianships and Trusts
- May 7 – Benefits Coordination
Cost: Free and Open to the community.
Join our email list for further details. Contact: [email protected] This series is a joint program from the Katz JCC ACHaD Department, JFCS Special Needs Dept. and the Jewish Federation of SNJ Jewish Abilities Alliance
ACHaD Passover Seder
Individuals with special needs and their families are invited to join us for a traditional Passover Seder and delicious dinner!
Details: Monday, April 15th, 2019 6pm | Cost: Free for individuals with special needs, $12 per family and friend / Contact Eileen Elias at [email protected] to RSVP
Join us for an afternoon of fundraising, bowling, pizza and door prizes while supporting ACHaD programs and services. This event will be held at the Big Event Entertainment Experience in Cherry Hill, NJ. They are located at 1536 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.
Details: Sunday, Sept 22, 2019 1-3pm | Cost: $25 per bowler (includes bowling, commemorative t-shirt, shoe rental, pizza and drinks)
ACHaD Tess Norton Purim Classic
Join us for an evening of friends & fun activities on March 16, 2019 including basketball (ACHaD Squadron team members) or art. Enjoy delicious hamentashen and ice cream treats. This event is for individuals with special needs ages 12 through adult & their families.
Proceeds for this event benefit the ACHaD Department. This event is sponsored by the family of Tess Norton.
ACHaD Dance Party
Individuals with special needs and their families are invited to join your friends and enjoy a pasta dinner, ice cream bar, dancing and party games.
Special Needs Resource Fair
Our Special Needs Resource Fair was a huge success with over 50 special needs programs and services in the South Jersey community.
The ACHaD Special Needs Department wants you and your family to feel welcome at the JCC and to feel part of a bigger community. We host a variety of events throughout the year including a Chanukah Dance Party, Passover Seder, Tess Norton Purim Basketball Classic, Art Gallery Reception, Bowl-A-Thon, and Community Resource Fair.