Know Before You Go: Walk4Friendship 2021 Special Needs Info

We hope to see you this Sunday, August 29 at Walk4Friendship 2021! Friendship Circle has some important information for families of children with special needs that will be attending the walk. Please read the information below carefully.

Wheelchair Accessible Parking

Wheelchair accessible parking will be at the JCC in the same area as the other shuttles. The shuttles that are wheelchair accessible are Smart Busses, and they will line up next to the other shuttles. Our wheelchair accessible shuttles will also transport you back to the JCC once the walk is over. Shuttles will leave every 30 minutes at the top and bottom of every hour. We strongly suggest you arrive by 10:30 am to ensure you don’t miss the opening ceremony.

If you have not already indicated on your walk registration and you require wheelchair accessible parking, please let us know in advance.

Please note: Wheelchair accessible parking is only for a car with an individual in a wheelchair. Everyone else (including others with special needs) should park in the general parking lot at Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus, 6600 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield.

For more information about parking, please click here.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing [email protected].

gluten free food

Free food and beverages are provided at Walk4Friendship All food stations will offer:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Corn
  • Potato Salad
  • Watermelon
  • Chips

All of these items are gluten free. In addition, there will be a limited amount of gluten free hot dog buns available. If you would like a gluten free hot dog bun please ask a Friendship Circle staff member supervising the food area. Please note that there is a limited supply of gluten free buns and they will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

sensory spaces & breaks

The Friendship Circle Lifetown building will be open for families to use during Walk4Friendship. Families of individuals with special needs can visit the Bauer Activity Wing to cool off and explore the different sensory rooms including the Snoezelen Room, Lego Room, Gross Motor Room and Tactile Room.

*Please note that parents must stay with their child at all times in the building as volunteers will not be provided.

tents and shade

In preparation for a hot day, there will be plenty of shade available. There will be three 20×40 foot tents available as well as the Friendship Circle Lifetown building for plenty of shade and respite from the sun.

We hope you will join us this year for Walk4Friendship 2021! Click here to register.


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