Adaptations Program Descriptions

Adaptations Programs

Topics Include: 

  • Relationship Support
  • Social Scene
  • Arts + Culture
  • Fitness + Healthy Living


Creative Alternatives to Social Learning
Licensed drama therapists and trained theater artists lead engaging, interactive activities that inspire confidence and a sense of community.

NeuroQueer Support Group
Are you looking to meet other LGBTQIA+ or questioning individuals with disabilities to learn from and share your experiences with? Each month, this support group offers a safe space to discuss and share questions and situations around being LGBTQIA+ and having a disability.

This group is for adults 18+ who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are questioning their sexual orientation / gender.

Couples Group
Are you part of a couple in which both of you are members of Adaptations? Join Allison Kleinman and Shula Melamed in this safe space to talk about the ups and downs of being together.


Join your friends and other Adaptations participants on Sunday afternoons at one of our most popular programs. Engage in conversation and enjoy light fare in a relaxed, social environment.

Dine Out
Interested in catching up with old friends and making new ones over dinner? Spend an evening dining with Adaptations members at a local restaurant.

End-of-Season Parties
Join Adaptations for our traditional end-of-season parties! Whether it’s on the rooftop, a dance party, or a dinner party, don’t miss these spectacular events with friends from your favorite programs.

Jewish Holiday Celebrations
Join Adaptations for some of the many holiday-themed programs at the JCC. Celebrations such as First Night First Light, Tikkun, Adaptations Sukkot Dinner, Chanukah Lounge, and Purim parties are just some of the Jewish holiday celebrations offered.


Comic Book Club
Are you a little angry at DC Comics over the annual universe shake-ups? Did you know who the Red Hulks were before the reveal? Come discuss and learn about the comic book world with this lively group!

Anime Group
Are you tired of keeping your inner otaku—your obsession with anime—a secret? Do you want to watch anime beyond Dragon Ball or Bleach? Find others who share your passion at Anime Group.

Literary Club
Build a body of creative writing work that ranges from heartfelt to hilarious. Writers hone their craft and express themselves through journal writing, poetry, essays, humor pieces, television scripts, and more.


Circuit Training
Come every week to learn how to train your body into the shape you want. Sign up by yourself or with other Adaptations members to work out with Jamar Grimball, a terrific and talented certified trainer at the JCC Fitness Center.

Teens/Young Adults Special Needs Swim Class
This swim class is for teens and young adults with special needs (age 15–29). This class focuses on basic swimming skills and strokes, including breathing technique and becoming comfortable in the water. We specialize in small class sizes and dedicated instructors. Intake form required. Please contact Caitlin Boker at 646.505.4484 or for more information.

For more information, please email Michelle Wexler.

Adaptations programs are generously supported by Jack and Shirley Silver and individual donors.

Help us continue to ensure accessible programming for everyone. Please support Special Needs programming at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.