Keeping Inclusion at the Center

Founded on the belief that communities benefit when all people of all ability levels learn, grow, and celebrate together, the Bender JCC is committed to incorporating children with disabilities throughout our programming and facilities, boosting confidence, self-esteem, and social skills through interactive play, group learning, and daily socializing.

Inclusion of those with disabilities has always been at the forefront of our mission, and has made us an area leader in comprehensive disability inclusion, from our programming to our facilities.

Explore the many ways we Keep Inclusion at the Center for children with disabilities:

Early Childhood Education: Support & Intervention

Disabilities are often not apparent to parents and families until a child enters preschool. A learning specialist assists all of the Center’s preschool teachers in identifying and working with children with disabilities, then coordinates with both teachers and parents on how to best address student learning needs. If a child’s needs are outside the JCCGW’s scope of services, we work together with your family to recommend the very best local programs for your child.

Inclusion at Lessans Camp JCC

Funded by a generous grant from the National Inclusion Project, the Bender JCC has implemented Let’s ALL Play—a model for inclusion in recreational settings—into Lessans Camp JCC’s pioneering inclusion program, giving children with disabilities a typical summer camp experience with their friends and siblings. The result is an award-winning inclusionary camp experience like no other. Contact us to learn more.

Isadore & Bertha Gudelsky Exceptional Swim Program

Created for children, teens and adults with orthopedic-related disabilities, this swim program partners professional staff members (a coordinator, physical therapist, and adaptive water instructors) and volunteers with participants to teach the basics of swimming and help students feel comfortable in the water. For more information contact Emily Wolinksy at

Everyday Accommodations

In addition to our ECE learning specialist, the Center provides everyday accommodations to ensure children with disabilities feel comfortable, included, happy, involved—and remain safe—at all times. These daily accommodations include:

  • Sign language and oral interpreters
  • Infrared listening system in the Kreeger Auditorium
  • Wheelchair accessibility throughout Center facilities
  • Temporary wheelchairs for ease of movement throughout Center facilities
  • Flashing light alarm system

Volunteers – An Integral Part of Inclusion at the Center

Volunteers are an essential part of our continuing efforts to integrate children, teens, and adults with disabilities throughout Bender JCC programming. Opportunities abound for those who would like to volunteer with those with disabilities. For more information, contact Elon Walter or 443-286-9364.

Questions about inclusion at the JCCGW? Contact us!