JCC Camps at Medford
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Special Needs

Open Hearts / Open Doors


Our special needs program, Open Hearts/Open Doors, provides accommodations in order for children with disabilities to fully participate with age-appropriate peers. Integrated within camp, a trained shadow (advocate) helps each child fully maximize his/her experience. Space is limited and there is currently a waiting list for the program. For an application, please contact Eileen Elias, Director of Special Needs Services at the Katz JCC, eelias@jfedsnj.org.

For teens with special needs, we have created the Coolanu Life and Leisure Skills program, which is intended for graduates of Camp’s Open Hearts / Open Doors program and is based at the JCC Camps at Medford.  Coolanu in Hebrew means “all of us” and together we are helping prepare our teens with special needs for the next stages of life.   For more information about Coolanu, please email us at coolanu@jfedsnj.org .  Registration for Coolanu is done through the regular online registration process.

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