Category: Special Needs

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…”

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 […]

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.

JSSA’s Specialized Employment Services Featured on ABC7 News

Evan Friedman, 30, offers employers a unique set of strengths and abilities. Like many of JSSA’s Specialized Employment clients, Evan is on the autism spectrum. Jay Korff of ABC7 met Evan this spring when he was working at RHW Surplus Sales in Gaithersburg, a job that JSSA helped him find and train for. One of his […]

Talking to Children with Special Needs About Death and Dying

Talking with any child about death and dying can be daunting, but it may be particularly so when the child has special needs. When done in a way that takes into account the child’s specific developmental, social, and learning needs, a discussion such as this can be meaningful and highly influential as the child continues […]

Being “Heard” in the Workplace

Author: Alison Axelrod, MSW, Employment Specialist Diversity in the workplace benefits employees, employers and society as a whole. With today’s technological advances and better understanding of the special needs of workers with disabilities, providing accommodations for deaf or hard of hearing employees doesn’t need to be difficult. Below are some simple things to keep in […]

Transitioning to College

Author: Michal Berkson, LCSW, LICSW and Dawn Kaye, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, Child and Family Services As parents start thinking about “next steps” regarding transitioning their special needs child from high school to college, there are some key questions and tips that can be very helpful. The first question to ask yourself – and your child […]

Summer Camp Time Already? Tips for Selecting A Camp For Your Special Needs Child

Author: Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Director, Special Needs and Deaf Services Before you know it it’s it’s time to start thinking about summer camp! Selecting the right summer programs that are convenient, affordable and amenable to working with your child’s needs may take some research. Programs can be found within the Jewish community through JSSA, […]

Solving the “Rubik’s Cube” of Social Skills

Author: Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Clinical Director, Special Needs and Deaf Services Making friends, joining in group games or projects, attending parties and relaxing with extended family are often among life’s pleasures. However, some children, teens and young adults find working, playing and celebrating with others as puzzling as trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube. […]

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