Programs for Individuals with Special Needs

The Mandel JCC Program for individuals with disabilities provides opportunities for adults with emotional, physical and developmental disabilities and their families to take full advantage of nearly all of The Mandel JCC programs and services.

Yes, I CAN (!) DANCE
Join us for dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. This class is taught by professional dancers and accompanied by live music.
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When: Sun, May 4-June 8 (6 sessions) 2:00-3:15pm

Multiple Sclerosis Water Exercise
The combination of warm water and gentle movements provide remarkable benefits to people with MS. Improve your range of motion and flexibility with this motivating workout. This class is approved by The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Ages: Teens & Adults 13 +
Date/time: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays •  11:15 am - 12 pm
Fees: 2x/week – $112 members • $184 community

3x/week – $168 members • $276 community
Classes are ongoing, and fees are for a four-month period.
For more info, contact Lyle at (216) 831-0700 ext. 1308 •

Personal Training for People with Disabilities
The Mandel JCC has qualified trainers that can work one-on-one with both adults and children with special needs who are members. This is an excellent way to work muscles and get toned in a safe, enjoyable way. You choose the time and day. Fees vary depending on the length of the session.
For more info, contact  Rich Zatta at (216) 831-0700 ext 1398 •

Ride the Waves Yoga for Teens and Adults
This yoga class will help your body flow, teach mindfulness, and connect you with new friends.  Class includes music, games and relaxation exercises.  Parents/aides welcome at no extra fee. Taught by YogaReach team members.
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When: Wed, April 23-May 28 (6 sessions) • 5:00-6:00pm

Where: Mandel JCC
Fee: $60 Members / $64 Community
To register: Mimi Hanley at 216-593-0448

Paper Collage for all Ages
Discover your creativity and have fun expressing yourself with the ancient medium of paper collage, which had its origins in the 15th century.  Bring old magazines and yourself!  Parents and aides welcome at no extra fee. 
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When: Thurs, May 8- 22 (3 sessions) • 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Mandel JCC
Fee: $15 Members /  $20 Community 
To register: Mimi Hanley at 216-593-0448

Dance, Dance, Dance for Families and Adults
Sunday, June 22
Join us for a festive summer dance with light snacks,
soft drinks and music by DJ Danny Cohen of Midnight Kiss Enterprises. Families, kids and adults all welcome.
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When: Sun, June 22 • 2:00-3:30 pm
Where: Stonehill
Fee: $5 Individual  / $10 Family (no fee for caregivers)
Advanced registration required
To register: Mimi Hanley at 216-593-0448

Camp Chai for Adults with Disabilities
August 8 - 12, 2014 
A taste of Camp Wise for adults with special needs. Escape to camp for the week and experience camp first hand! Click here for details.


For more information on any of our programs for individuals with disabilities contact Carol Anne Cohen at (216) 831-0700, ext. 1354 or

This program is made possible through the generosity of The Constance M. and Philmore J. Haber Memorial Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland which created a permanent restricted endowment fund at the Federation - the Mayer-Haber/Mandel JCC Fund. In addition a three-year start-up grant was secured from the TreuMart Fund.