FACILITY UPDATE: The basketball gyms will be closing at 2pm on Saturday, September 21 to prepare for the Bump2Baby Expo. The gym will reopen on Monday, September 23 at 5am. Thank you for your understanding.

Special Needs Inclusion Camp Program

Special Needs Inclusion Camp Program

The Open Hearts/Open Doors (OH/OD) special needs inclusion camp program provides accommodations for children with disabilities to fully participate with age-appropriate peers at the JCC Camps at Medford and Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC. Campers in the OH/OD program span a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and communication impairments.

The majority of our OH/OD campers receive one-on-one assistance, though some share assistance with other campers. Integrated within camp, a trained shadow (advocate) helps each child fully maximize his/her experience. Advocates are hired and trained directly by our leadership staff team, and all camp staff also receive training from our Open Hearts/Open doors team about creating an inclusive camp experience.

There is no additional cost for a child to participate in OH/OD program as this is made possible through generous donations and fundraising events throughout the year. Space is limited for the OH/OD program. Please contact Eileen Elias, Director of Special Needs Services, at the Katz JCC at [email protected].

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