Enrichment and Recreation
Recreation and leisure activities are critical dimensions of the quality of life for all people, including those with developmental disabilities. These serve as a vehicle through which people have fun, meet new friends, and develop skills and competencies.
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA) Blonder Family Department for Special Needs and their Inclusion Program provide appropriate social and recreational programs for children, teens and adults with disabilities. Their programs, led by a team of dedicated, highly trained professionals foster independence, ignite interests, build self-esteem and allow participants to experience the richness of community while making new and lasting friendships. Whenever possible, the MJCCA encourages the integration of participants into JCC classes, camps, after-school programs, groups and events. Inclusion in these programs helps these members develop a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish community.
The Marcus Jewish Community Center has launched a new program called Training Together, which is a new swim program dedicated to coaching children with special needs. The MJCCA's Aquatics program provides an opportunity to gain advanced swimming skills and enjoy a lifetime of safe and fun aquatic activity. Swim team members learn advanced stroke technique, gain speed and endurance, while making new friends, learning the value of teamwork, how to exhibit good sportsmanship, and enjoying the exhilaration of friendly competition. Training Together will provide the opportunity for children with special needs to participate in the swim team while receiving specialized training to meet their individual needs and strengths.
Friendship Circle of Atlanta also has social and recreational programs for adults with disabilities. They host a monthly Cooking Club, a monthly Jewish Experiential Learning Program and more.