However, in Jewish Baltimore, the Jewish Community Center (JCC) offers a number of appropriate social and recreational programs for children, teens and adults with disabilities, enhancing the lives of the participants and giving caregivers a much-needed break. JCC programs give participants the opportunity to interact with their peers, enhance self-esteem and improve social skills. Children with disabilities are encouraged to mainstream into JCC classes, camps, after-school programs, groups and events.
In addition, Menucha, Inc. whose mission is to support Jewish children with special needs and their families in a culturally sensitive manner offers weekday and weekend programs that introduce children with special needs to their Jewish heritage and help them to integrate into the community. Menucha is the Hebrew word for rest, respite and peace of mind.