Embracing Inclusivity: Programs, Playgrounds, and Businesses for All

Embracing Inclusivity: Programs, Playgrounds, and Businesses for All 

 Inclusivity is an essential aspect of any community. It’s important to ensure that everyone feels welcome and valued, regardless of their background or abilities. From adaptive sports programs to sensory-friendly playgrounds and disability-friendly businesses, we’ll showcase the organizations that are making a difference in South Jersey. Join us as we celebrate diversity and promote inclusivity for all!

Jake’s Place Playground

An all-inclusive integrated play area in which all children, those who are able and those with disabilities, can play interactively. The objective is to design an area that is barrier-free, socially inviting, and contains play environment groupings. Build Jake’s Place builds “playgrounds for everybody”. Playgrounds where children in wheelchairs and other assistive devices can play alongside others with ease. Even parents and grandparents with a disability can play and interact with the children.

Voorhees Ballet Theater – Sensory-friendly Nutcracker

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Night to Shimmer: Under the Sea Prom

Thursday, Apr 25th, 2024 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Camden County Board of Commissioners invites you to join us on April 25, from 6 PM to 9 PM at Adventure Aquarium to host our first Night to Shimmer Prom. This unforgettable prom experience is centered around our disABILITIES community to uplift self-esteem, provide a night of fun and give everyone the opportunity to shine! 

Dooney’s Pub Autism Awareness Night

Thursday, Apr 25th, 2024 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, Apr 27th, 2024 @ 
7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In celebration for Autism Awareness Month this April, Dooney’s Pub in New Jersey is donating $1 for every Guinness sold to the Eagles Autism Foundation to support neighborhood favorite Irish musician, Ray Coleman’s fundraiser for his daughter, Céilí! In addition, Dooney’s will be hosting Autism Awareness Night! Special events of the night will include a live music performance from Ray Coleman at 6PM, an opportunity to get your face screen printed on a Guinness pint, giveaways, and more. The special night will be held on Thursday April 25 at their Delran location and on Saturday 27 at their Voorhees location.

Adventure Aquarium Sensory Sundays

Sundays during the Aquarium’s first hour of operation.

Adventure Aquarium is committed to creating an inclusive, entertaining, and educational experience for all guests, including those with autism and other sensory sensitivities, for whom a typical trip to the Aquarium can be much more challenging. As part of an ongoing effort to create an inclusive experience for those with sensory challenges, Adventure Aquarium hosts special sensory-inclusive hours called Sensory Sundays, which take place on the third Sunday of every month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

Camp Sunny Side

Sunday, Apr 28th, 2024 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Monday, Apr 29th, 2024 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

At Camp Sunny Side our mission is to provide an exciting summer program for individuals with disABILITIES, ranging from 13 years of age through adult.  To develop and facilitate a fun filled memorable experience of age-appropriate activities, recreational, as well as educational.

disAbilities Dance Class

Sunday, Apr 28th, 2024 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Monday, Apr 29th, 2024 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Do you love to dance?  If so, please come join us for dance class. This activity is conducted by the professionals at “Look Who’s Dancing” and will take place onMonday, April 1st, 8th (Virtual Only!), 15th, 22nd and 29th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Camden County Environmental Center.  For those of you that are unable to join us in person, this class will also be available via Zoom. 

Miracle League Baseball

Saturday, Apr 27th, 2024 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, May 4th, 2024 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, May 11th, 2024 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, May 18th, 2024 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, May 25th, 2024 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, June 1st, 2024 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Camden County Board of Commissioners are proud to be sponsoring the Camden County Miracle League for our 11th year!  Games take place on Saturday mornings at Boundless Field in Challenge Grove Park in Cherry Hill.  Our spring session starts on April 13th and runs through June 1st.  Players from ages 5 through 12 years old will play from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and players ages 13 years through adult play from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm. Registration is now open. 

Camp Sun-N-Fun

Camp Sun ‘N Fun was founded by The Arc Gloucester in 1962 to offer children and adults with developmental disabilities an opportunity to participate in and enjoy summer recreational activities. Located on over 30 wooded acres in Williamstown, NJ. Camp Sun ‘N Fun boasts a variety of amenities, including air-conditioned cabins, barrier-free bathrooms and showers, an Olympic-sized barrier-free swimming pool, nature trail, open areas for sports and recreation, an on-site medical facility that is staffed 24 hours a day, and Sunshine Inn an air-conditioned building where campers eat and enjoy activities if the weather is too hot or rainy. 

Virtual Fitness Classes

Welcome to Camden Counties virtual fitness classes! Camden County offers a variety of inclusive classes that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. The classes include a high-intensity boxing workout taught by boxing professional Alex Barbosa from TKO Fitness in Cherry Hill, a fitness class presented by Coach Rob that fosters a supportive and encouraging environment of like-minded people, and a complete yoga workout for both the body and mind presented by Debra Flagg CYI. Join us today and experience the transformative power of fitness!

Turtle Dance Music

Keeping children engaged when faced with quarantines and social restrictions can be a challenge. Our livestream shows make it easy for those who run schools, libraries, and kid-friendly venues to bring the magic of music to the children they serve in a way that is educational, entertaining, and safe. Platforms include Facebook, YouTube, Zoom, Boxcast, and Google Meet, and shows can be customized to suit your needs.

Balanced Child Pediatric Therapy | Paint & Snack

This month we will be exploring some Thanksgiving themed crafts by pressing items from nature into salt dough and creating a veggie turkey. Our licensed occupational therapist will guide your children through exploration of feeding and eating, sensory integration, and social skills in a supportive play based environment.