Category: Our Services and Programs

My JSSA Story: Irena, A Transitions Client

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.

My JSSA Story: Emily, A Specialized Employment Services Client

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.

My JSSA Story: Jason, An Out and About! Participant

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…”

Our JSSA Story: Mark and Rich, Adoption Options Clients

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 Partnership with RSV Pools on ABC7

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 […]

How to Help Your Child Successfully Transition 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 […]

6 Ways to Ease 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.

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

How to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

Starting preschool can be anxiety-provoking for toddlers, but parents can ease the transition with a little preparation. Here are a few tips to help set up children for success on their first day in the classroom.

Meet a JSSA Hospice Volunteer: Amanda B.

Amanda B. started volunteering at JSSA in 2017. In her own words, she discusses her experience visiting hospice patients, plus the skills and lessons she has learned as a JSSA hospice volunteer.

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