Jewish Social Service Agency
Serving Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia


Individuals with Special Needs Unlocking Development Potential and Maximizing Opportunities

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“Parenting a special needs child isn’t always easy. JSSA provides a place for us to find the services and resources we need for our child to thrive and a place for my husband and I to connect with others dealing with similar challenges.”

Many children, adolescents and adults in our community struggle with a wide range of physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. JSSA can help. JSSA’s team of specially trained clinicians and other professionals provide a wide range of mental health, care management, and employment and support services for all those in our community with special needs.

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Developmental delays
  • Physical disabilities
  • Emotional or behavioral challenges
  • Social skills and relationship building difficulties
  • Learning disabilities
  • ADHD and other impulse disorders

Daughter sitting on Father's lap while looking into each other's eyesHow JSSA Helps

JSSA helps you understand and access the help you need:

Evaluation. Before you can address your child or family’s unique concerns, you need assurance that you know what the issues are. JSSA’s first step is to complete a comprehensive and tailored assessment and the creation of a personalized care coordination plan.

Treatment. JSSA’s broad range of appropriate treatment is customized to families and children of all ages and can include help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger and other behavioral management issues
  • Coping with struggles of having a disability
  • Life transitions/developmental milestones
  • Social skills/peer interaction challenges

Support. Parents and family members can benefit from a broad range of support services:

Jeffrey Krauthamer, a longtime JSSA client living with spina bifida, shares his thoughts.

A New Collaborative Program: SPARC CONNECTS

JSSA and SPARC are proud to present a program for individuals with developmental disabilities interested in exploring their potential.

Sparc CONNECTS offers peer mentoring, life skills training, basic vocational training, family engagement and more in McLean or Reston, Virginia!


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