Special Needs Programs
Ben and Dorothy Spencer Special Needs Programs
The David Posnack Jewish Community Center offers special needs programming for children and young adults from the ages of 3 to 21. We offer seasonal camps as well as recreational and social programs on selected Sundays throughout the year.
GIBORIM, meaning "Heroes" in Hebrew, is a special needs camp serving over 100 children and young adults from the ages of 3 to 21 with autism, learning disabilities, intellectual, emotional and physical handicaps, developmental and language delays. We offer a traditional camp environment filled with innovative activities and creative surroundings. GIBORIM's staff consists of a director, assistant director, teachers, teacher assistants, senior counselors, junior counselors, C.I.T.'s and volunteers. The staff is dedicated, mature and educated about children with special needs. All staff is required to undergo an FBI background clearance.
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Create a climate of acceptance
Explore through hands-on activities
Focus on abilities and possibilities
Provide opportunities to grow
Each of the seven GIBORIM groups has their own room, which is used for many group and individual activities. In addition, the JCC facilities are available to GIBORIM all summer long including: gymnasium, playground, computer lab, softball fields, auditorium and three pools.
GIBORIM offers a limited number of campers the opportunity to be included with the "general camp population." The goal is to provide an optimal camp experience to practice appropriate behaviors and social skills.
Camp activities include all that are offered at the JCC. Participation is based on the age and ability of the campers. Activities include arts and crafts, music, sports, swimming, mini-golf, karate and science.
Twice a week children ages 5 and up travel on age-appropriate field trips that are rewarding to the campers. Favorite trips include bowling. movies, museums and boat rides. In addition, the Teen group participates in a day trip to Orlando.
See how much fun your child can have at Camp GIBORIM.
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Sample Schedule Preschool
Sample Schedule Kindergarten-Teens
Letters from GIBORIM Parents Letter #1 Letter #2 Letter #3
For information and registration, please contact Scott Dermer at 954-217-0066 or email at Campgiborim@aol.com.
Recreational, social programs for special needs children, teens and young adults are scheduled throughout the school year on alternating Sunday afternoons from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Club Sameah is for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Yom Rishon is for teens and adults 13 years and over.
Activities offered include: Arts & crafts Music Indoor/outdoor fun Dance Social discussion Cooking
Judaic programs Field trips (transportation provided for all off-campus programs)
Have a wonderful summer! We will see you in August!
Cost is $10 per session. Space is limited. For more information about our Sunday Socials, please call 954-434-0499, ext. 378 or email email@example.com.
These programs are funded by grants from the Jewish Community Foundation of the United Jewish Community of Broward County, the Ben and Dorothy Spencer Special Services Fund and Publix.