Account Search Close
Jewish Community Center

Inclusion

inclusion-play

The J is an inclusive agency that welcomes people of all abilities. Persons of all abilities may participate in any agency program where a suitable match exists, pending eligibility and the successful procurement of any needed supports – this includes our fitness, youth, adult and camp programs.

Contact:
Shamecka Nichols, 314-442-3295

Click here to file an ADA or Title VI complaint with the Jewish Community Center.

Meet Shamecka Nichols, Inclusion Supervisor

  • Holds a Degree in Business Administration and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Behavior from Webster University
  • Served as an Aviation Administrator in the United States Navy for eight years
  • Worked four years for Special School District as a Behavior Therapist and is a certified Behavior Therapist for the state of Missouri
  • Married and the mother of six active boys, ranging in ages from 10-18
  • She was born and raised in Sherman, Texas and has lived in St. Louis for four years

Inclusion Fitness Programs

Contact:
Shamecka Nichols, 314-442-3295

Able Bodies (12 years and older)

This class is an artistic outlet for participants with developmental disabilities. Classes are tailored to meet the needs of people with disabilities by providing adaptive approaches to learning dance. Students face physical challenges through exercises that emphasize coordination, muscle control and strengthening in order to achieve an overall balance of the body, mind and spirit. Sponsored by the Productive Living Board.

Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex
Wednesdays (ongoing), 4 – 5pm
Free (with proper intake forms for non-members)

Adaptive Aquatics (adult)

For intermediate to advanced swimmers. This aquatics program is at the J’s fully accessible therapy pool. Our adaptive swim instructor will combine fun and fitness to help participants advance their swimming skills. This class has a 1:5 student/teacher ratio. For 1:1 support or to learn the swimming basics, contact Shamecka.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Sundays, September 23 – December 9 (12 weeks), 4-5pm
Thursdays, September 27 – December 14 (12 weeks), 7:30-8:30pm

$120 per session

Personal Training (12 years and older)

Children and adults with developmental disabilities work with nationally-certified personal trainers to set fitness and independence goals to become their healthiest self. Each workout is customized to fit the needs of the individual and the trainer tracks progress toward the set goals. All trainers are currently working toward an Inclusive Fitness Trainer Certification from ACSM. Sponsored by the Productive Living Board.

Creve Coeur or Chesterfield
Personal Training: $12 per session for St. Louis County Residents (scholarships available)
By appointment

Zumba (12 years and older)

Adults and teens with developmental disabilities can dance their way to a great workout with this modified Zumba class. Taught by a certified Zumba instructor, participants will learn fun Zumba dance steps while working on their fitness. Sponsored by the Productive Living Board.

Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex
Zumba: Free (with proper intake forms completed for non-members)
Mondays (ongoing), 4-5pm

Teens & Young Adults

IN

Ages 18+

Offered via the Adult Day Center
Program partially funded by The Miracle Makers Foundation

Get IN! A new and innovative program offered through the Adult Day Center at the J for individuals 21+ with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down’s Syndrome or other intellectual/developmental disabilities. IN is a program designed to foster INdependence, INclusion, INgenuity, and to INspire young adults with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and have fun while doing it.

IN aims to maximize the person’s experience offering a full day of activities geared toward INdividualized skill building within a structured group setting. Unlike other day programs, IN has access to a state-of-the-art facility at The J and a variety of trained professionals offering unique services such as personal fitness training, Tai Chi, Aquatics Yoga, Music Therapy, Horticulture Therapy, Pet Therapy, and a multitude of skill-building volunteer activities.

To maximize the social, physical and cognitive benefits of IN, eligible participants must be able to interact and engage appropriately in group settings with a 1:6 staff to participant ratio. Schedule a tour today!

To schedule a tour or get more information, contact:
Ashley Stockman, Director of the Adult Day Center, 314.442.3245

Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex
Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 6pm
Customized schedule


Sunday Friendship (adults 18 years and older)

In our Sunday Friendship program, Explore St. Louis and make new friends with this social group for adults with disabilities. Game days, Six Flags, bingo, bowling, movies, nature and holiday parties are just a few of the social activities we plan each year. Participants set interpersonal and independence goals to work on at each activity. Trained staff help the participant to work toward and achieve his or her goals. This group runs on a 1:5 ratio and participants should not display aggressive behavior. Participants who need 1:1 assistance must be accompanied by their own staff. Sponsored by the Productive Living Board.

Rosh Hashanah Celebration
Join us in the Multipurpose Room at the J to celebrate a sweet new year! First, we’ll dip our apples into honey and enjoy a sweet treat, and then we’ll dip our apples into paint to decorate tote bags. This activity is limited to 20 participants.

September 9, 11am-1pm
$13 members/$16 public
After August 26: $15 members/$18 public

Movie Party!
Once Theater Unlimited rehearsal ends, we’ll transform the PAC into our very own movie theater and eat some delicious pizza and popcorn while enjoying a film! This activity is limited to 20 participants.

September 30, 4:30-7pm

$10 members/$13 public
After September 16: $12 members/$15 public

Pumpkin Patch
Meet us at the Arts & Education entrance before we depart for a trip to Stuckmeyer’s Farm for one of their annual Farm Fun Days. While there, we’ll be able to check out the pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables, enjoy a hay ride, and maybe even see some live music! Lunch will be available for purchase. This activity is limited to 14 participants.

October 14, 10am-1pm

$13 members/$16 public
After October 1: $16 members/$19 public

Bowling
An exciting day of bowling, friends, and fun! Meet us at Olivette Lanes (9520 Olive Boulevard) to hang out and see how many strikes you can get! Please bring money for any snacks you wish to purchase. Transportation will not be provided. This activity is limited to 25 participants.

October 28, 11am-1pm

$12 members/$14 public
After October 14:  $15 members/$17 public

Thanksgiving Mitzvah Project

Join us as we partner with the First Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Louis to help prepare bagged lunches for the homeless. We will depart from the Arts & Education Lobby and make our way over to the church, where we will help make sandwiches and pack lunch bags that will be delivered to those in need. This activity is limited to 14 participants.

November 11, 8:30-10:30am

$10 members/$12 public
After October 28: $12 members/$14 public

Bagels and Bingo!
Enjoy a morning of food, friends, and fun! We’ll meet in the Multipurpose Room and enjoy a breakfast of bagels and shmear while we play a rousing game of a fan favorite, bingo! This activity is limited to 20 participants.

December 2, 10am-12pm

$10 members/$13 public
After November 18: $13 members/$16 public

Year End Celebration!
Dress your Sunday best for an evening of dancing, food, and friends. The fabulous DJ Penny Pop will keep the party hopping all night with plenty of jams and contests. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

December 16 6:30-9pm

$10 members/$13 public
After November 25:  $13 members/$16 public

Locations vary
Sundays, times vary
January 17, January 21, February 4, February 18, March 4, March 18, April 1, April 29, May 13
Cost and times vary depending on activity.

Contact: Shamecka Nichols, 314-442-3295


2019 Inclusion Camps

Teen Skills Jr.

June 3 – August 9
Campers with developmental disabilities entering grades 6 – 9

Campers work on acquiring essential social and daily independent living skills as they enjoy traditional camp activities, such as recreational swimming, arts and crafts, cooking, sports, Shabbat, and nature. Additionally, campers will take day trips to St. Louis attractions and engage in volunteer opportunities. Throughout the week, Teen Skills Jr. campers also work alongside Teen Travel Camp to provide an integrated and individualized experience. Participants can be supported in a 1:1 staff ratio.

Teen Skills Sr.

June 3 – August 9
Campers with developmental disabilities entering grade 10 – age 21

Campers work on acquiring essential social and vocational skills as they transition into adulthood. Participants spend time in the community, engaging in a variety of interesting volunteer and recreational activities, and at the J, working on interviewing skills, money skills and interpersonal skills that are vital once they enter the workforce. Participants also enjoy many traditional camp activities such as recreational swimming, cooking, fitness classes and nature. Participants must be successful in a 1:4 staff-to-participant ratio.


Theatre Unlimited (adults 18 years and older)

Perform with one of St. Louis’ oldest theatre companies for adults with disabilities! Theatre Unlimited is a barrier-free theatre company where adults (18 and older) who want to shine take center stage, act, sing and dance. Theatre Unlimited has performed many of the Broadway classics such as “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Damn Yankees” and “The Wizard of Oz” for the past 28 years. The trained Theatre Unlimited staff help to incorporate all participants into the show whether or not the individual has been with Theatre Unlimited before. Everyone gets a chance to be in the spotlight in this program. Sponsored by the Productive Living Board, Emerson, US Bank and J Associates

Participants must be able to attend technical rehearsals and all show dates.
Program cost: $60

Location: Performing Arts Center – Arts and Education Building, Staenberg Family Complex, Creve Coeur
Rehearsal Times: Sundays & Tuesdays, August 19 – December 2
Performances: Wednesday, December 5 & Thursday, December 6, 6pm

Purchase Tickets

Purchase tickets online or by contacting the J’s Box Office at 314-442-3175.

Contact: Shamecka Nichols, 314-442-3295

Adults

IN

Ages 18+

Offered via the Adult Day Center
Program partially funded by The Miracle Makers Foundation

Get IN! A new and innovative program offered through the Adult Day Center at the J for individuals 21+ with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down’s Syndrome or other intellectual/developmental disabilities. IN is a program designed to foster INdependence, INclusion, INgenuity, and to INspire young adults with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and have fun while doing it. IN aims to maximize the person’s experience offering a full day of activities geared toward INdividualized skill building within a structured group setting. Unlike other day programs, IN has access to a state-of-the-art facility at The J and a variety of trained professionals offering unique services such as personal fitness training, Tai Chi, Aquatics Yoga, Music Therapy, Horticulture Therapy, Pet Therapy, and a multitude of skill-building volunteer activities.  To maximize the social, physical and cognitive benefits of IN, eligible participants must be able to interact and engage appropriately in group settings, with a 1:6 staff to participant ratio.

To schedule a tour or get more information, contact:
Ashley Stockman, Director of the Adult Day Center, 314.442.3245

Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex
Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 6pm
Customized schedule


Sunday Friendship (adults 18 years and older)

In our Sunday Friendship program, Explore St. Louis and make new friends with this social group for adults with disabilities. Game days, Six Flags, bingo, bowling, movies, nature and holiday parties are just a few of the social activities we plan each year. Participants set interpersonal and independence goals to work on at each activity. Trained staff help the participant to work toward and achieve his or her goals. This group runs on a 1:5 ratio and participants should not display aggressive behavior. Participants who need 1:1 assistance must be accompanied by their own staff. Sponsored by the Productive Living Board.

Rosh Hashanah Celebration
Join us in the Multipurpose Room at the J to celebrate a sweet new year! First, we’ll dip our apples into honey and enjoy a sweet treat, and then we’ll dip our apples into paint to decorate tote bags. This activity is limited to 20 participants.

September 9, 11am-1pm
$13 members/$16 public
After August 26: $15 members/$18 public

Movie Party!
Once Theater Unlimited rehearsal ends, we’ll transform the PAC into our very own movie theater and eat some delicious pizza and popcorn while enjoying a film! This activity is limited to 20 participants.

September 30, 4:30-7pm

$10 members/$13 public
After September 16: $12 members/$15 public

Pumpkin Patch
Meet us at the Arts & Education entrance before we depart for a trip to Stuckmeyer’s Farm for one of their annual Farm Fun Days. While there, we’ll be able to check out the pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables, enjoy a hay ride, and maybe even see some live music! Lunch will be available for purchase. This activity is limited to 14 participants.

October 14, 10am-1pm

$13 members/$16 public
After October 1: $16 members/$19 public

Bowling
An exciting day of bowling, friends, and fun! Meet us at Olivette Lanes (9520 Olive Boulevard) to hang out and see how many strikes you can get! Please bring money for any snacks you wish to purchase. Transportation will not be provided. This activity is limited to 25 participants.

October 28, 11am-1pm

$12 members/$14 public
After October 14:  $15 members/$17 public

Thanksgiving Mitzvah Project

Join us as we partner with the First Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Louis to help prepare bagged lunches for the homeless. We will depart from the Arts & Education Lobby and make our way over to the church, where we will help make sandwiches and pack lunch bags that will be delivered to those in need. This activity is limited to 14 participants.

November 11, 8:30-10:30am

$10 members/$12 public
After October 28: $12 members/$14 public

Bagels and Bingo!
Enjoy a morning of food, friends, and fun! We’ll meet in the Multipurpose Room and enjoy a breakfast of bagels and shmear while we play a rousing game of a fan favorite, bingo! This activity is limited to 20 participants.

December 2, 10am-12pm

$10 members/$13 public
After November 18: $13 members/$16 public

Year End Celebration!
Dress your Sunday best for an evening of dancing, food, and friends. The fabulous DJ Penny Pop will keep the party hopping all night with plenty of jams and contests. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

December 16 6:30-9pm

$10 members/$13 public
After November 25:  $13 members/$16 public

Locations vary
Sundays, times vary
January 17, January 21, February 4, February 18, March 4, March 18, April 1, April 29, May 13
Cost and times vary depending on activity.

Contact: Shamecka Nichols, 314-442-3295


Theatre Unlimited (adults 18 years and older)

Perform with one of St. Louis’ oldest theatre companies for adults with disabilities! Theatre Unlimited is a barrier-free theatre company where adults (18 and older) who want to shine take center stage, act, sing and dance. Theatre Unlimited has performed many of the Broadway classics such as “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Damn Yankees” and “The Wizard of Oz” for the past 28 years. The trained Theatre Unlimited staff help to incorporate all participants into the show whether or not the individual has been with Theatre Unlimited before. Everyone gets a chance to be in the spotlight in this program. Sponsored by the Productive Living Board, Emerson, US Bank and J Associates

Participants must be able to attend technical rehearsals and all show dates.
Program cost: $60

Location: Performing Arts Center – Arts and Education Building, Staenberg Family Complex, Creve Coeur
Rehearsal Times: Sundays & Tuesdays, August 19 – December 2
Performances: Wednesday, December 5 & Thursday, December 6, 6pm

J Day Camps Inclusion Info

The J welcomes and invites all persons, including those with disabilities, to participate in its camps and other programs. Program participation is based upon an appropriate match between the individual and a particular program. Where feasible and suitable, the J provides necessary supports, including individualized programming.

The Inclusion program provides the opportunity for children with special needs to attend camp with their typically developing peers. Our goal is to include all campers. In order to best assess if a child is a good fit for our program, families must participate in an intake process. If a child is aggressive, a threat to him/herself or others, or even with extra support from our staff cannot participate in our program safely, J Day Camps may not be a good fit.

Inclusion Counselors are hired specifically to work with children with special needs. They have backgrounds in special education or a related field and/or other life experiences that provide them with the necessary skill set. Additional training is provided and required for all inclusion counselors. All of our staff must participate in an application, interview and background check process. All Inclusion Counselors are First Aid/CPR certified and must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma.

There is no additional fee (in addition to the J Day Camps fee) for inclusion support at J Day Camps up to 40 hours/week. A nominal fee may be assessed for campers who attend camp more than 40 hours per week. Limited space available so please inquire early.

For more information on J Day Camp programming, please click here.

Teen Skills Jr.

June 3 – August 9
Campers with developmental disabilities entering grades 6 – 9

Campers work on acquiring essential social and daily independent living skills as they enjoy traditional camp activities, such as recreational swimming, arts and crafts, cooking, sports, Shabbat, and nature. Additionally, campers will take day trips to St. Louis attractions and engage in volunteer opportunities. Throughout the week, Teen Skills Jr. campers also work alongside Teen Travel Camp to provide an integrated and individualized experience. Participants can be supported in a 1:1 staff ratio.

Teen Skills Sr.

June 3 – August 9
Campers with developmental disabilities entering grade 10 – age 21

Campers work on acquiring essential social and vocational skills as they transition into adulthood. Participants spend time in the community, engaging in a variety of interesting volunteer and recreational activities, and at the J, working on interviewing skills, money skills and interpersonal skills that are vital once they enter the workforce. Participants also enjoy many traditional camp activities such as recreational swimming, cooking, fitness classes and nature. Participants must be successful in a 1:4 staff-to-participant ratio.

Contact Shamecka Nichols, 314-442-3295for pricing and an application.