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A volunteer from JSSA's Transitions program offers companionship to an elderly woman in a facility

At 86 years old, Irena* is thoughtful, sharp, and social. A child of Eastern Europe, she can still speak multiple languages yet struggles to converse with the other residents in her facility.

JSSA Specialized Employment services helped a young woman with autism get a pharmacy technician job

Emily* was earning money as a dog walker and published author when she was referred to JSSA’s Specialized Employment services by DORS. At twenty-nine years old, she was interested in pursuing competitive employment opportunities and needed help with the process.

Young adult with special needs painting pottery with JSSA's Out and About social club

Jason*, age 30, describes himself as a bit of a nerd. “I like comics, TV, games, movies, and the internet,” he said. “I also enjoy writing fan-fiction — stories about preexisting characters in preexisting franchises. I’ve written two stories with over a million words. Really need to finish one of them one of these days…”

Same-sex couple thankful for smooth and well-managed adoption process at JSSA in Maryland

Most first-time parents anticipate a few surprises and bumps in the road when bringing home a new baby, and Mark and Rich* were no exception. What the couple hadn’t counted on, however, was for the twins they were adopting to be born two months early.

JSSA's Specialized Employment services partnered with RSV Pools in Maryland to create a summer jobs program for students with autism.

On Monday, September 4th, WJLA-ABC7 featured the new innovative partnership between JSSA and RSV Pools in a televised news story. Working with JSSA’s Specialized Employment services, RSV hired more than 15 teens with autism spectrum disorders as gate guards this summer at their various pools. You can read the complete transcript from ABC7 below or click here […]

Tips for Parents with Teens Entering High School from social workers at JSSA in Montgomery County

Adapting to high school isn’t always easy for adolescents, and neither is learning to parent a teenager. Responding to the growth and maturity that teens experience in high school often causes parents to seek new ways to guide and manage their children effectively. Families can help teens entering high school prepare for this exciting but […]

Transitioning to Middle School

The beginning of a new school year marks a major transition in the life of every child. Between stressful educational, social, and personal changes, the first two months at middle school can be especially challenging. How can parents best help their children navigate the often bumpy transition to middle school? JSSA social workers offer these […]

easing back-to-school challenges for students with special needs

Heading back to school means new classrooms, new people, and new expectations. Students with special needs often feel especially uncertain and fearful about returning to the school environment and routine, making this time of year an especially challenging season of adaptation.

tips for parents and children about transitioning from preschool to kindergarten

Moving from preschool to kindergarten is a natural and exciting part of growing up. However, between creating new routines and adjusting to a new environment, the transition can be challenging for both children and parents. One of the most effective ways to ensure a smooth transition

Meet a JSSA Legacy Society Member: Jane Rosov

“Our family lived the Jewish immigrant story,” says Jane Rosov. “I’ve lived a blessed life.” Her family emigrated to the United States from Easter Europe, and Jane was born in Brooklyn then raised on Long Island, New York. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Penn State and her master’s degree from The Catholic University of […]

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