Inclusion & Disabilities

Inclusion Programs

Programming for individuals with disabilities and individuals of all abilities.

The EDCJCC is committed to providing young adults of all abilities opportunities to create meaningful and well-rounded lives through social engagement, vocational opportunities, fitness, community service, and educational workshops. We empower young adults, develop leaders, and support independence. We strive for inclusivity in all our programs. In addition, the EDCJCC provides a more inclusive environment for our existing programs.

For information and details regarding accessibility and accommodations, please contact Joy Stein, Director of Inclusion and Disability Programming at or 202-777-3276.

Upcoming Events

Inclusion Volunteer Night
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Image is of a smiling woman wearing a purple sweater and a grey/purple scarf around her wear. She is holding up a bookmark that is decorated with red and pink flowers.

Join us for a night of friends, snacks, and crafts designed to give back to the community. We will learn about Reading Partners, a nonprofit that helps children in DC and around the country learn to read. We will decorate bookmarks and make word rings for elementary school students.

Cost: $7 + $1.50 fee, snacks included.


Individuals of all abilities are welcome to join us at any event. Anyone who needs support is welcome to bring a friend who will provide assistance during the program. For more information on accessibility, please contact Joy Stein, Director of Inclusion and Disability programs,

Art Stream Drama and Storytelling
Jan 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Photo of six individuals with disabilities dressed in red and black on a stage

Join the Edlavitch DCJCC Inclusion & Disabilities program for a six-session drama class with Artstream Drama and Storytelling!

Artstream classes are specifically designed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These classes will build confidence and increase engagement with people of all abilities, while building skills that are applicable in all aspects of life. Participation fosters social connections and allows participants to practice communication skills like eye contact, listening, and self-awareness.

Individuals who need support are welcome to bring a friend to provide support during the program.

Cost: $150.00 for six classes
Dates: January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23, March 8 & 22
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Ongoing Programs

Vocational Volunteering

Build your resume and references! The Edlavitch DCJCC is always looking for volunteers to come and help in our various departments. Opportunities include collecting tickets, ushering, filing, data entry, concessions, mailings, and more. We create personal consistent schedules in your area of interest or you can sign-up for opportunities that work within your schedule. Please complete the Vocational Volunteering Information Form to help support your future volunteer opportunities.

Social Programs

The EDCJCC strives to create an inclusive environment through our many social programs. Programs include monthly bowling, game nights, cooking classes, and more. In addition to our regular monthly programs, we provide a variety of diverse and engaging social programs throughout the month. We pride ourselves on developing social programs that serve our community. Our social programs are ever-evolving based on our community needs.

Buddy Up Program

The Buddy Up program strives to create friendships between young adults with and without disabilities and is part of the EDCJCC Inclusion and Disabilities programming in partnership with EntryPointDC. We are looking for young adults without disabilities who want to build peer relationships with young adults with disabilities. You can get involved as a drop-in buddy or as a year-long buddy. If you are interested in being a participant in the program, please complete the below application and an EDCJCC staff member will contact you.

Buddy Program Sign Up

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