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Social Group Interaction for Special Needs Kids-An Inclusive Musical Theater Production & a Movie Group With Peers

logo_sepac1blue“Sharing The Arts,” at Glen Ridge High School, (Bloomfield Students Are Invited,) put on a really fun production of “Beauty & The Beast” last Spring; this time out, it will be “The Lion King.” It is a very positive environment for kids to interact with each other, learn to work together and have a ton of fun! REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW



“505 Films + Friends is an inclusive club where young people of all abilities can gather in a safe, positive and thought-provoking environment to engage socially through the viewing and discussion of films. Each screening allows members to explore their own lives in relationship to the themes represented in the films with interactive discussions and activities led by a teaching artist and a professional psychologist. Participants also have time to schmooze and enjoy refreshments.

Join in the fun this Fall!

Our popular, inclusive film club is back for the fall with new movies, new discussions and new friends!!

Our Fall schedule:

  • September 30th
  • October 14th
  • October 28th
  • November 4th
  • November 18th
  • December 2nd

Teen Club (grades 8 – 12) Sunday, 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Young Adult Club (ages 18 – 28) Sunday, 4pm – 7pm

Participants who qualify for funding from DDD are eligible for reimbursement for our Film Club. For more information contact Scholarships may also be available. TUITION- $270 per person


Young Adult

 Sample Class Schedule:

1. Check-in + Schmooze: (15 minutes) Get name tags and socialize. (Facilitators will provide guidance and support to be sure that everyone’s included).
2. Introduction of this week’s film: (30 minutes) Warm-up discussion focusing on film’s theme, characters, cinematography techniques and/or professions, and how film relates to participants’ personal life experiences.
3. View film: (1.5 hrs) in Cinema 505’s sensory-friendly environment.
4. Interactive film discussion: (15-30 min) Conversation and activities led by professional psychologist and teaching artist.
5. Post-mingle mix-it-up: (15-30 min) Enjoy and engage over snacks!

  For More Information, Email Us at

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JCC MetroWest Special Needs Services Summer Schedules

Programs/Registration   Donate   Our Partners
Activities By Age:       Early Childhood      Children & Youth      Adults/Seniors

Dear Participants, Family Members, and Professionals,

Summer registration starts soon and we have some great programs coming up! Check them out below.

Intake Meeting Required for New Participants

Adult/Teen Sunday Trips / Ages 18+

Join us for a Sunday afternoon with friends! This off-site social recreation program provides teens and adults with special needs the opportunity to create friendships while learning to access community resources. Participants meet at the program venue and enjoy activities at local restaurants, theaters, bowling lanes, entertainment centers, and various other locations. Lunch and admission are included in the program fee. 1:5 staff to participant ratio.


July 15: BBQ Lunch/Swim at JCC

Aug 5: Lunch/Movies

Member: $55, Guest: $ 60

To register, please contact Robin Cohen, Program Administrator:

973-530-3422 /

Summer Select / Ages 15+

Six weeks of fun activities with friends for teens and adults with special needs (ages 15+). Participants will enjoy swimming, gym activities, games, and a great end of session BBQ while making new friends. Choose a few sessions or join us for all six!

Mondays, 6:00–8:00pm

June 11 – Game Night

June 18 – Get Fit

June 25 – Creative Cooking

July 2 – Evening at the Pool

July 9 – Sports & Games

July 16 – End of Session BBQ

Member: $25 per evening / $150 for all 6 sessions

Guest: $30 per evening / $180 for all 6 sessions

To register, please contact Robin Cohen, Program Administrator:

973-530-3422 /

Teen Travelers Camp / Ages 13–21

This daily travel program for teens and young adults with Special Needs is packed with exciting day trips into the community and lots of opportunities for the development of friendships and social skills. This program is supervised by experienced staff and offers a 4:1 camper to staff ratio.


Week 1: August 13–17

Week 2: August 20–24

1 Week

Member: $980, Guest: $1080

2 Weeks

Member: $1710, Guest: $1910

JCC MetroWest works hard to ensure that all of its programs are accessible to everyone. We are happy to help individuals with special needs access various resources offered at the JCC such as the fitness center, swimming lessons & classes in the arts department—just to name a few. These quality programs are open to individuals of all backgrounds. Please let us know if there is a program of interest and we’ll do our best to provide the supports necessary to make it happen!

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Please contact us with any questions, to schedule
an intake meeting, or to register for a program.

Marisa Cohen (above, right)
Director, Special Needs Services
973-530-3478 /

Chrystal Henion (above, left)
Assistant Director, Special Needs Services
973-530-3507 /

Robin Cohen (above, center)
Program Administrator, Special Needs Services
973-530-3422 /

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NJ Dept. of Education Seeks Your Input on Statewide Assessment Plans.


“This form is for all individuals interested in joining one of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE)’s Statewide Assessment Collaboratives. These Collaboratives will represent interested stakeholders from across New Jersey who have direct and diverse experiences with the realities of statewide assessments and who represent various New Jersey education and community stakeholder groups.

The Collaboratives will meet for a single half-day to reflect on experiences and to form recommendations for the future of statewide assessment in New Jersey. We are particularly interested in perspectives on the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments, which are the current statewide assessments for English language arts/literacy and math.

All feedback will be recorded and responded to in a document to be published this summer. The NJDOE is looking to host and to hear from different participants at each gathering of approximately 40-60 attendees. The number of Collaboratives and specific meeting locations will be based on interest and are expected to be announced on May 11.

If you are interested in participating in a Statewide Assessment Collaborative, please complete and submit by May 8 11:59 P.M.

Please noteWe are collecting personal information on the interest form with the sole purpose of building a diverse community of stakeholders at every meeting. Your information will not be shared or used for any other purposes. This is an initial form to gauge interest. The NJDOE will make every effort to include all interested individuals who submit a complete survey by the above deadline. However, due to space, location and time constraints, not every person who is interested may be able to participate in the Statewide Assessment Collaborative. We will notify you when dates, times and locations are finalized. We will also be contacting you when the listening tour dates and online questionnaire launch.”