Inclusion & Accessibility

The Levin JCC was founded with inclusion as a core value. From our zero-entry-level pool and our BRIDGES Initiative to our inclusion program for children with disabilities at Camp Shelanu, we strive every day and in every way to fully include people of all abilities. We are excited to announce that we are expanding our inclusion efforts with highly trained staff for summer camp, training for other JCC staff, and new programs designed with accessibility in mind.

For more information, to request accommodations, or to give input or feedback to our Inclusion Advisory Council, contact:
Madeline Seltman, Director of Engagement, inclusion@levinjcc.org or 919-354-4938

Upcoming events

Join us for an Inclusion Build Day with Habitat for Humanity!

Join the Levin JCC, Judea Reform Congregation, and Habitat for Humanity Orange County on Sunday, May 6 for a build day for people with disabilities and their family and friends!

11:30 am-12:30 pm – All volunteers are invited for a lunch at the JCC

12:30 pm-4:15 pm – Volunteers who are 18+ or 16+ with a parent/guardian who want to be on the build site will work on an option of construction tasks.  We are happy to work with you on supports and accommodations.

12:30 pm-2:30 pm – Families with kids under 16 or those who prefer not the be on the build site will work on a project to support the building of the home at the JCC.

Click here for additional details and to register

Family Connections

This program is geared towards family members who are connected to an individual with a disability and is a chance to hear about topic of interest and connect with other families.  Free and open to all.

Thursday, April 12 6:30-8:00 pm -cancelled

Wednesday, September 26 5:30-7:00 pm – Making the most of IEP Meetings panel

Coming in October – Disability policy and the midterm elections

Inclusion in kids’ and adults’ programming

For most classes and programs, we can offer

  • Coordination with instructors about you/your child’s needs
  • Information in advance about schedules, expectations, etc
  • Supports such as sensory tools, one-step directions, time warnings
  • Flexibility in enrollment and refunds

For certain classes and programs, we can offer additional supports, depending on the program, such as

  • Registration support and reminders
  • Waived program fees
  • A quiet space for large events
  • Staff or volunteer buddies

In our most recent program guide, programs specially designed with inclusion in mind are marked with a green flag symbol.  Some of these programs include:

Inclusion at Camp Shelanu

Camp Shelanu’s inclusion program is a signature inclusion program at the Levin JCC.  Click here for more information.

Financial Accessibility

We strive to make our programs and services financially accessible.  Contact Madeline at mseltman@levinjcc.org for more information on available financial aid.