Resources for Individuals with Disabilities  

(Updated December 2015)

boy at campOur community continues to evolve as a place that is welcoming, inclusive and accessible to everyone, by accommodating the needs of all, regardless of ability.
We want to thank everyone who participated by submitting information to help build our data bank of inclusion resources. This information is part of an on-going effort to create a virtual library of materials to connect individuals and their families to programs and services within our community.  This crowd-sourcing guide is a community effort and we invite you to contact Lisa Handelman, Disability Inclusion Specialist to share updates and new information at Lisa.Handelman@shalomdc.org.

Only by engaging as a community can we develop the vision where we need to go next to become fully inclusive. Thank you for your support to help us maintain the most up-to-date guide to facilitate full inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Return to Disability and Inclusion home page on the ShalomDC website.

Click here for programs listed by age/stage:

Early Years

Current community offerings for infants, toddlers & preschool age children with disabilities:

Informal & Formal Jewish Early Childhood Programs

Congregational Inclusion Educational Resources
Provides a quick snapshot of accommodations provided at our local congregational preschools and links to congregational websites.

The Kesher Program at Temple Beth Ami
Support including a developmental coordinator, speech, occupational therapy, consultation and behavioral interventions

PJ Library
Enroll to receive free high-quality expertly selected developmentally appropriate books

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency):
Provides support to many of our local preschools.

JCC of Greater Washington:
A learning specialist assists the preschool. 

JCC of Northern Virginia:
Resource specialist on staff; shadows and special accommodations are available.  An infant/toddler program in Fairfax; an early childhood center.

Washington DC JCC:
Consults with Learning Specialist; A Parenting Center

Jewish Social & Recreational Activities with Parents
JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency):

Provides a place for parents to find services and resources.

PJ Library
Free high-quality expertly selected developmentally appropriate books and information about family-friendly ideas and events.

JCC of Greater Washington:
Parenting center and classes. The fully inclusive summer camp program starts at age 4.

JCC of Northern Virginia:
Offers books discussions, educational workshops, programs, classes and resources

Washington DC JCC:
Parenting center and classes 

Early Diagnosis & Support
JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency):

Clinicians and professionals provide a range of services for parents and young children with autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, physical disabilities and emotional or behavioral challenges.

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Elemantary and Middle School

Current community offerings for school age children (K-8) with disabilities:

Jewish Education

Congregational Inclusion Educational Resources – Religious School Programs
Provides a quick snapshot of accommodations provided at our local congregational religious schools and links to congregational websites.

PJ Library and PJ Our Way
Free high-quality expertly selected developmentally appropriate books; children can receive books that match their developmental level rather than their age. PJ Library books are through 8 years and PJ Our Way is for ages 9-11.

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Educational Support Service Department includes learning specialists and provides support for students with mild to moderate language based learning disabilities, ADHD, mild anxiety disorders, high functioning Asperger’s.

Gesher Jewish Day School
Currently accommodates a range of learning disabilities, mild autism and some students with physical disabilities; provides support services including speech therapists, OT, special education teachers, and social skill groups.Matan Institute involvement.

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of The Nation’s Capital
Learning Specialist able to serve children with mild to moderate learning disabilities and minor developmental delays and children with certain physical disabilities (buildings are not fully accessible
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Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy
Special educators provide reading, math and Hebrew/Judaic support to students with a range of disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia, executive function issues and ADHD.  The school also includes SULAM students in classes.

SULAM
Formal day school education for students with a range of disabilities on two campuses (MJBHA and Torah School); includes both an inclusion-based model and pull-out services. Open to students of all religious backgrounds.  Includes a range of programs including life skill and vocational training and a program for gifted LD (twice exceptional) students.

Torah School of Greater Washington
Strives to educate each child according to his/her nature.  Includes SULAM students in classes

Yeshiva of Greater Washington (Middle School and High School programs)
Support available based on need level. A support team facilitates psycho-educational and county testing. Girls youth group available on Shabbat.


Summer Camps for Children (K-8) of All Abilities

Day Camp Inclusion Programs at our local Jewish Community Centers

JSSA
Offers social skills summer camps for elementary school aged children

Overnight Camps for Children with Disabilities
The Jewish Federation’s list of camps to support our believe that every Jewish Child, regardless of ability, should be able to experience all that Jewish Camp has to offer.

Capital Camps
Atzma’im
program provides support for a range of campers with disabilities, including campers with autism, developmental, physical, and learning disabilities, so all can be involved and included in camp life.

Friendship Circle
Torah Circle, a bi-monthly drop-off social/Judaic program; monthly Birthday Club, Holiday programs and a Friends at Home program. All programs provide opportunities for children with special needs and neuro-typical children and teens to socialize together.

JCC of Greater Washington
A fully inclusive summer program for children ages 4-21. Campers with special needs receive 1:1 assistance at no additional cost to the family; 
Fully inclusive program school year, with 1:1 support, allows students in grades K-6 to socialize with friends, complete homework  and stay active through a variety of supervised activities.  A specialized swim program.

JCC of Northern Virginia
Programs are inclusive and open to everyone; shadows and special accommodations available. Social skills classes and Jclub, an inclusive social program for all children in grades 5-7.  Books discussions, educational workshops and resources for parents.

Washington DC JCC
A range of after school, family and camp programs

Support Services & Therapies

JCC of Northern Virginia
Classes designed specifically for children to learn social skills and understand emotions

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
Provides support for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioral challenges, social skills and relationship building disabilities, learning disabilities, ADHD, and other impulse disorders and neuropsychological testing services.

The Jewish Braille Institute provides free Jewish educational and liturgical reading materials to blind and visually impaired students.

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Teens

Current community offerings for teens with disabilities:

Jewish Education

SULAM:
Formal day school education for students with a range of disabilities.  Middle School and High School program located at MJBHA. Program includes both an inclusion-based model and pull-out services. Open to students of all religious backgrounds. Includes a range of programs including life skill and vocational training and a program for gifted LD (twice exceptional) students. 

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School:
Educational Support Service Department includes 10 learning specialists and provides support for students with mild to moderate language based learning disabilities, ADHD, mild anxiety disorders, high functioning Asperger’s.

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy:
Special educators provide reading, math and Hebrew/Judaic support to students with a range of disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia, executive function issues and ADHD.  The school also includes SULAM students in classes.

Yeshiva of Greater Washington:
(Middle School and High School programs) Support available from a learning specialist. Weekly study skills and guidance classes.  A support team facilitates psycho-educational and county testing. Girls’ youth group available on Shabbat.

Jewish Social, Recreational & Volunteer Activities

Summer Camps for teens of All Abilities

Day Camp Inclusion Programs at our local Jewish Community Centers

Overnight Camps for Children with Disabilities
The Jewish Federation’s list of camps to support our believe that every Jewish child, regardless of ability, should be able to experience all that Jewish Camp has to offer.

Capital Camps
Atzma’im
program provides support for a range of campers with disabilities, including campers with autism, developmental, physical, and learning disabilities, so all can be involved and included in camp life.  Campers in the vocational training program receive community service volunteer hours for the work they do at camp

Social, Recreation and Volunteer Programs beyond Summer Camps

JCC of Northern Virginia
Programs are inclusive and open to everyone; shadows and special accommodations available. Social Skills Classes and Going Places: Teens, a social club for teens with high-functioning autism.  Books discussions, educational workshops and resources for parents.

JCC of Greater Washington
A fully inclusive summer program for children ages 4-21. Campers with special needs receive 1:1 assistance at no additional cost to the family; Fully inclusive program schoolyear, with 1:1 support, allows students in grades K-6 to socialize with friends, complete homework and stay active through a variety of supervised activities. A specialized swim program.

Washington DC JCC

A range of afterschool, family and camp programs including an inclusive community service camp where individuals can earn service learning hours.

Friendship Circle
Teen Scene,
a bi-monthly drop-off social/Judaic program; monthly Birthday Club, Holiday programs and a Friends at Home program.  All programs provide opportunities for teens with special needs and neuro-typical teens to socialize together.

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
Provides social clubs for teens on the autism spectrum

Sunflower Bakery
Summer Teen Baking Experiences which are one-week classes that offer an opportunity to experience baking in a professional kitchen, learn about safe food handling, kitchen safety and responsibility. Peer teen volunteers work alongside adult students. Main Street – Teens Like Us social activities for teens with moderate disabilities together with neurotypical teens

Travel

Israel Quest provides subsidies to teen in 9th-12th grade for qualifying Israel trips.  Several of these trips include special needs inclusive options.

Youth Groups
  • BBYO, For more information contact Limor Hartman at  lhartman@bbyo.org
  • B’nei Akiva
  • Habonim Dror
  • NCSY (National Conference of Synagogue Youth)
  • NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth – Mid-Atlantic  Region)
  • USY (United Synagogue Youth), For more information contact Sasha Bloch at Bloch@uscj.org
  • Tzofim – Israeli Scouts
Support Services and Therapies

JCC of Northern Virginia
Educational workshops, programs, classes, resources and social clubs. Going Places: Teens, a social club for teens with high-functioning autism.   

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency) A range of counseling services, social skills therapy and neuropsychological testing services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioral challenges, social skills and relationship building disabilities, learning disabilities, ADHD, and other impulse disorders

The Jewish Braille Institute provides free Jewish educational and liturgical reading materials to blind and visually impaired students.

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College and Transition Years

Current community offerings for young adults (18+) with disabilities:

Informal & Formal Jewish Education

Congregational Inclusion Resource
Provides a quick snapshot of accommodations provided at our local communities and links to congregational websites.

Jewish Community Centers
JCC of Greater Washington

All are welcome and encouraged to participate in a range of art, culture, and Jewish life programs. Classes for young adults with disabilities including swimming and cooking. Social groups (Hevra and Tikvah) for individuals 18 and up. This is a joint program with JFGH. A fully inclusive summer program includes campers through age 21.

JCC of Northern Virginia

Programs are inclusive and open to everyone; shadows and special accommodations available. The Adult Learning Institute offers a wide array of classes. JCCNV partners with local organizations to bring the annual ReelAbilites Film Festival to our area. Cooking class, dance class, social clubs. JCCNV has a social club, Going Places! Young Adults for ages 18 to 26 and a social club Social InNOVAtions for college students. 

Washington DC JCC
Has a range of programs including the Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts and Theater J. Provides hearing devices for all programs and sign language interpreters upon request. Has planned special trips to Israel for individuals with disabilities. 

Jewish Social, Recreational & Israel Travel Opportunities
Birthright Israel
Free trips to Israel for Jewish Young Adults (ages 18 to 26).  Birthright offers a range of specially designed trips to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Friendship Circle

The Yad Program is a monthly gathering at different venues where individuals with disabilities socialize with young professionals in an interesting setting.

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)

Provides Social Clubs for young adults.

Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
Social group (18+) for those with learning, intellectual and other developmental disabilities in which members have input into the planning of the events.

Additional Social Groups

Hangout Hive (Montgomery County) for adults with learning disabilities over the age of 21, includes monthly meetings and social events.

ArtStream (Rockville-Gaithersburg) for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and Autism; includes a social group and weekend events.

Pre-vocational and College Resources

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
JSSA’s specialized employment team helps individuals with disabilities gain competitive employment.

Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
MOST™ Program is a one year individualized program for transitioning into the adult community. The program focuses on self-sufficiency, community, and vocation.

Sunflower Bakery
The Sunflower Bakery Pastry Arts Training Programs provides bakery training as well as supervised internship experience to adults with developmental or other cognitive disabilities.

JCC of Northern Virginia
Educational workshops, resources.

JCC of Greater Washington
Resources to share vocational, housing, and social options in the area. Vocational training is provided through a volunteer program.

College Living Experiences provides post-secondary independent living, social skills, academic, and career development (located near Montgomery College, Rockville)

College Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Free online training for college students with disabilities to learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Bridges: From School to Work 
Working to create mutually beneficial employment solutions that strengthen individuals, companies and communities

Think College: College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Federal Student Aid for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Postsecondary Education Resources from Autism Speaks

Community College Tuition Waiver for Students with Disabilities Receiving SSI or SSDI

MC Trans – a grassroots discussion and web group focused on the transition from school age entitlements to young adulthood and beyond

A Transition Guide to Post-secondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities from The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

The Jewish Braille Institute provides free Jewish educational and liturgical reading materials to blind and visually impaired students.

2017 Resource Guide for students with disabilities who are looking to enroll in a university

Resources for workers with disabilities - America Job Center; Career One Stop

College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators created by Maryville University

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Adults and Seniors

Current community offerings for adults and seniors with disabilities:

Informal & Formal Jewish Education

Congregational Inclusion Resource
Provides a quick snapshot of accommodations provided at our local communities and links to congregational websites.

Jewish Community Centers

JCC of Greater Washington
All are welcome and encouraged to participate in a range of art, culture and Jewish life programs.  The Adult Living and Learning Program (ALL) offers a wide range of classes. Fitness discounts, swimming, cooking and other classes.  Wheelchair accessible, infrared listening system in the auditorium and flashing light alarm system.

JCC of Northern Virginia
Programs are inclusive and open to everyone; shadows and special accommodations available. The Adult Learning Institute (ALI) offers a wide array of classes. JCCNV partners with local organization to bring the annual ReelAbilites Film Festival to our area.  There is also an adult bowling league. JCCNV has a social club, Going Places! Adults for ages 27+

Washington DC JCC

Has a range of programs including the Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts and Theater

Jewish Social, Recreational & Israel Travel Opportunities
Jewish Council for the Aging
(JCA)
Transportation support for seniors and adults with disabilities, social day club for individuals with early stage memory loss; a medical adult day center; a Senior Helpline.

Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
Social group (18+) for those with learning, intellectual and other developmental disabilities in which members have input into the planning of the events.

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
Social Clubs for adults as well as career assessment, job training, job coaching and retention, socialization and social support.

Washington Society for Jewish Deaf

Provides cultural, spiritual, social and educational needs of the Jewish deaf and hard of hearing community in the Greater Washington area.

Jewish Community Centers
JCC of Greater Washington

All are welcome and encouraged to participate in a range of art, culture and Jewish life programs.  The Adult Living and Learning Program (ALL) offers a wide range of classes; Classes for individuals with disabilities including swimming and cooking; Social groups for individuals 18 and up which meet twice a month on weekends. A skilled staff leader helps them develop their Jewish identities while providing a comfortable environment for socializing

JCC of Northern Virginia
Programs are inclusive and open to everyone; shadows and special accommodations available. The Adult Learning Institute (ALI) offers a wide array of classes. JCCNV partners with local organization to bring the annual ReelAbilites Film Festival to our area. Social clubs, cooking classes, dance classes.

Washington DC JCC
Hearing devices for all programs and sign language interpreter upon request. Has planned special trips to Israel especially for adults with disabilities. 

Support Services and Therapies

JSSA : (Jewish Social Service Agency)
Support for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioral challenges, social skills and relationship building disabilities, learning disabilities, ADHD, and other impulse disorders. Treatment for anxiety, anger and other behavioral management issues, coping with struggles of having a disability, life transitions/developmental milestones, and social skills/peer interaction challenges.

The Jewish Braille Institute provides free Jewish-interest Audio and Large Print books, magazines and liturgical materials to visually impaired and physically handicapped adults and seniors.

Employment, Housing and Financial Assistance
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
Fully staffed group homes and alternative living arrangements in Montgomery and Fairfax counties.  Henry and Alice Greenwald Community Supported Living Arrangements (GCSLA), a program where individuals own/rent their homes and JFGH oversees management. Mary and Charles Oshinsky Apartment Program (OAP) designed for adults with disabilities or chronic illness who can live independently but benefit from drop-in support.

JFGH’s Sally and Robert Goldberg MOST (meaningful Opportunities for Successful Transitions)  A one year individualized program of activities and training designed to facilitate successful transition into the adult community.

Jewish Social Service Agency’s Specialized Employment  Provides employment services aimed at connecting individuals with disabilities to competitive employment opportunities and jobs that lead to lasting careers.

Project SEARCH  A one-year Transition Program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with programs at NIH, Smithsonian, Montgomery County Government and with local businesses

SEEC Provides a range of community supports including vocational and employment service

Job Discovery Inc
Provides traditional supportive employment services, residential support and a range of day support services including pre-vocational and social programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in northern Virginia.

Chimes Provides training and employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities

Service Source A leading disability resource provider offering a range of services including employment and housing

MVLE: Working with Purpose
Provides a range of services including employment and transitional training services

Best Buddies Integrated Employment
Sign up to hire a best buddy or apply for a job

Sunflower Bakery
The Sunflower Bakery Pastry Arts Training Programs provides bakery training as well as supervised internship experience to adults with developmental or other cognitive disabilities preparing them for employment. Sunflower also works with service providers throughout the community to help match graduates with skilled, paid employment.

Red Wiggler Community Farm
A sustainable farm that employs individuals with and without developmental disabilities

Resources for Job Seekers from RespectAbility

The Treatment & Learning Centers (TLC) provides employment, community learning support and more 

Commercial Capital Training offers business ideas for people with disabilities (government assistance, opening franchises, start-ups, financing, etc.)

60+ Discounts, Health Care Resources, and Helpful Programs for People with Disabilities

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Parents, Siblings & Caregivers


The Parents’ Place of Maryland – a nonprofit organization that provides free information and tools to help families understand and navigate the special education system

Pathfinders for Autism -  a nonprofit resource center for Maryland families, provides checklists organized by age as a guide to services and supports to explore

A Step-by-Step framework for supporting your child: The Special Needs Planning Workbook created by Merrill Lynch

Lollipop Kids Foundation

Equipment Closet collects durable medical equipment, refurbish it and matches it to a child in need (such as, specialized wheelchairs, gait trainers, adapted bicycles, portable ramps, adapted bathroom equipment, etc.)

Transition Times – a group for families of individuals with developmental differences who are transitioning to adult life

Retail Saving Guide for People with Disabilities - ways those with disabilities can stretch their dollars.

Sesame Street and Autism: see amazing in all children

Reduce the ‘Noise’: Help loved ones with sensory overload enjoy shopping

National Military Family Association: Support for military families with special needs family members

Estate Planning for Parents of Special Needs Kids

Caring4ourkids – A resource for Parents of Kids with ASD, CFS, or Fibromyalgia

A Guide to Living with Sensory Overload

The Potomac Community Resource Guide, provides links to resources for families including respite services - Summit Camp Weekender Program, F.A.C.E’s Place Respite Care (Children), Jill’s House, Maggie’s Light, Nathaniel’s Hope, Nursing Home Abuse Guide, Respite Services of Montgomery County

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