Connecting Exceptional People
Connecting Exceptional People (“CEP”) provides services and support for adults ages 16 and older who have special needs and abilities. CEP was created to connect young adults with each other and their community so they can achieve positive, productive, and meaningful adult lives. CEP provides opportunities for people with disabilities to come together in a safe and welcoming environment to pursue friendships, fun, and resources they would not otherwise find. CEP’s focus is on the whole person so they can be actively engaged, understood, skilled individuals whose personalities are shared with and enjoyed by others.
There are two areas of focus:
- Social Opportunities
WJML, in partnership with community members and Whitemarsh Parks and Recreation, holds monthly Friday Night Socials (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.). The socials are theme-oriented and have included such events as the CEP Dance Party, Monte Carlo Night, Karaoke Lounge Night, Movie Night and a Palooza Picnic and Lawn Games. In addition, artwork from the participants has been exhibited. Participants are encouraged to bring a dessert to share. The participants should decide whether an aide or guardian should accompany them.
- Collection Resources
WJML’s staff evaluates the library’s collections frequently. Collections that are of particular appeal to individuals with special needs and parents whose children have special needs are constantly updated as newer resources become available. WJML also wants to make certain that young people who may not read at (or understand vocabulary at) age-level have books (or audio) that they find appealing without feeling disrespected.