Inclusion & Accessiblity

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!

Volunteers on the construction site must be 18+ or 16+ with a parent/guardian. Morning and afternoon shifts are available, and we will work with you to provide needed accommodations and a variety of tasks on the jobsite. Kids and teens under 16 or those who prefer not to be on the construction site can still help by fundraising for the family receiving the home or by participating in off-site activities that day.

Click here for additional details and to register

JDAIM

Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month takes place annually in February. It is a time for special programming and events that promote the national Jewish agenda to raise awareness and increase resources to serve people with special needs.

Jewish Disability & Inclusion Awareness Art Show Closing Reception  Monday, Feb. 26 from 4pm-6pm

Family Connections

Monthly program that brings speakers and learning.  This program is geared towards family members whom are connected to an individual with special needs.

Thursday, April 12 6:30-8:30 – Alliance of Disability Advocates

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.