Nightclub For Adults With Disabilities Fosters Love, Friendship And Inclusion

Jessica Zuback of Woodbine, Md. dances with her mother Kathy Zuback at Club 1111. (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun/TNS)

Jessica Zuback of Woodbine, Md. dances with her mother Kathy Zuback at Club 1111. (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun/TNS)

BALTIMORE — By the time the doors open 15 minutes early that Saturday night, dozens are lined up to get inside. Women wear wedges and bodysuits that hug their curves. Men sport collared shirts and their favorite sneakers. Some have caregivers guiding them; others need wheelchairs. Many wear the signature T-shirts stamped with the logo, Club 1111.

It’s the long-awaited evening when the League for People with Disabilities at 1111 E. Cold Spring Lane transforms into a glittering nightclub for adults with disabilities. The classrooms become dance floors with disc jockeys playing pounding club music. Merchandise, like sunglasses and blinking rings, is stacked up and ready to be sold, and volunteers wait in a makeshift spa to do fingernails and put on temporary tattoos. A lounge with dim lights is set up for chilling.

The only one of its kind in Maryland and possibly the country, Club 1111 is where hundreds come to dance and make friends. Some want to find love. All are drawn because of the sense of safety, the feeling that no one is judging them, that they can be like anyone else out for the night. . . .

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