Adult Special Needs

Adults with developmental disabilities can enjoy year-round social and recreational programs designed to enable them to interact with their peers and improve their social skills, all while developing meaningful relationships. We partner with the Jewish Association for Community Living and other group homes in the area and also welcome those living independently or with their families.

We take full advantage of the JCC facilities, including the pottery studio and The Swim & Tennis Club, which hosts the annual Swim and BBQ Party. 

For more information and to receive regular program updates, contact Dayna Clark, 860-231-6366,

The JCC reserves the right to cancel any class for insufficient registration.  Participants will be notified as soon as possible and their fees refunded.  A refund will be given if the participant withdraws one week prior to the beginning of the activity.  Refunds will not be given once a class has begun.

Special Events & Classes

The following events are open to all. 


Sunday, December 15 | 10:30-11:30am | Chanukah Celebration with JCL!

Enjoy Chanukah treats, listen to traditional music, create a Chanukah craft and enjoy a festive afternoon with friends. 



Sunday, January 5 | 1:00-2:30pm | New Year's Bingo

Ring in the New Year with friends and a game of Bingo!

Please bring a pantry item for the JFS Food Pantry.


Sunday, February 16 | 2:00-4:00pm | Sweetheart Dance

Let us put on our dancing shoes and shake out our winter blues. It's time to boogie with friends!



Sunday, March 15 | 1:00-2:30pm | Game Day!

Create a craft, play card/board games, enjoy a snack and catch up with friends!


Sunday, March 29 | Kindness Rocks! 

Paint and create inspiring messages on rocks to spread through the community. A little kindness goes a long way! 

Class Start Date End Date Time
Martial Arts with Sensei Dave 1/9/2020 3/19/2020 6:30pm
Music Therapy 1/14/2020 5/5/2020  
Painting Class 1/21/2020 3/31/2020 5:45pm
Pottery Class 1/20/2020 3/9/2020  

The CLUB!  A new and inclusive program for young adults ages 18-30 with intellectual disabilities, along with their friends in the community.


Special Events for The Club!

The following events are exclusively for members of The Club!


Friday, January 17 | 5:45-6:30pm | Magic in Movement

Enjoy a fun and memorable class the will focus on exploring movement, dancing and increasing well-being. With instructor Penny Lazor. 



Sunday, February 9 | 1:00-2:30pm | Meet-up at The Claypen and Donut Crazy

Meet with friends to paint a unique piece of pottery, and afterwards we will walk next door to get a sweet treat. 

Members will pay directly to Claypen/Donut Crazy. 


Friday, February 28 | 6:30-7:30pm | Shabbat Dinner with UHART Hillel 

Konover Hall, University of Hartford

Let's welcome in Shabbat together with our local Hillel at University of Hartford. 

Free- dinner included. Registration is required by February 20th to Dayna Clark,


Thursday, March 12 | 5:00-7:00pm | Let's Eat!

Calling all chefs! Create your own pizza masterpiece with a local chef and enjoy a dinner with friends. 

Gluten free crust is available upon request. 



Adult Special Needs programs are funded in part by the Jewish Federation’s annual campaign.

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