Connections is a social and recreational community of individuals in their 20s with intellectual, developmental, and/or physical disabilities. Through social, cultural, and educational opportunities at JCC Manhattan and offsite, Connections fosters independence while encouraging participants to make and deepen friendships with one another. Individuals in Connections have the ability to be travel trained between the JCC and home and utilize the program as a complement to their vocational and volunteer experiences.


Programs include:

Introductory Art Class

This class will focus on exploring several art mediums (collage, drawing, and painting) while deepening connections to one another and providing a creative environment for the participants to express themselves. The goals of the curriculum are to teach the fundamentals of art making as a vessel of creative expression with a focus on how to look at and discuss art works as a collective group. The class will follow an organic set of goals for every project individualized for each student to include time set aside for conversation and art critique.

Swim Class

This beginning swim class is for teens and young adults ages 15-29 with special needs. The class focuses on basic swimming skills and becoming more comfortable in the water, including proper kicking and breathing skills. We specialize in small class size and dedicated instructors. An intake form and phone interview with our swim office is required for class placement. Please contact aquatics@jccmanhattan.org for more information.

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