Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

boy with bannerOur 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 us to share updates and new information at inclusion@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.

Congregational Inclusion Educational Resources

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

Jewish Early Childhood Education

Jewish Day Schools

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (pre-K to 12th grade)
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 (Jr. K to 8th grade)
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 CapitalMilton Gottesman JDS logo (pre-K to 8th grade)
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)

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy (Preschool to 12th grade)
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.

SULAMSulam logo (all grades)
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 WashingtonTorah School logo (K to 6th grade)
Strives to educate each child according to his/her nature.  Includes SULAM students in classes

 

 

Yeshiva of Greater Washington (7th to 12th grade)
Support available based on need level. A support team facilitates psycho-educational and county testing. Girls’ youth group available on Shabbat.

Travel Program, Youth Groups and Social Action for Teens

Check out travel programs, youth groups, and social action opportunities.  We have noted which programs have inclusion programs and/or provide accommodations

Organizations listed below are marked with icons to indicate what age and stage their services are provided for.

Preschool and early years
Preschool and Early Years

Young Adults
Young Adults

Elementary school
Elementary School

Adults and Seniors
Adults and Seniors

Teens
Teens

Caregivers, parents and siblings
Caregivers, Parents and Siblings

Jewish Community Organizations

Understanding that Jew with disabilities and their families have needs that are universal to all families, the Greater Washington Jewish community organizations partner on the collective action to advance disability inclusion

JSSA

JSSA is the health and social wellness agency that supports our neighbors through life’s consequential moments. Whether it is an adult with autism struggling to find a job, a family who is coping with a new learning disability diagnosis, or a teen dealing with behavioral challenges, JSSA’s team of caring experts listen with respect and ask questions to understand the whole family, so we can connect your needs and concerns with the people who can help. For more information about JSSA’s programs for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors with disabilities, please call 301-816-2633 to be connected to the help you need.

Preschool and early years Elementary school Teens Young Adults Adults and Seniors Caregivers, parents and siblings

Jewish Foundation for Group Homes

JFGH provides residential, transitioning youth and social programs. JFGH operates 20 homes/alternative living arrangements in Maryland and Virginia and has several in-home support programs. JFGH’s MOST™ Program is a one-year individualized program for transitioning into the adult community. The program focuses on self-sufficiency, community, and vocation. JFGH also runs a sibling network. For more information about individual services: 240-283-6000

Young Adults Adults and Seniors Caregivers, parents and siblings

PJ Library® for Children with Special Needs

Free high-quality expertly selected developmentally appropriate books and information about family-friendly ideas and events.; 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. For more information about individual services contact: Sarah Rabin Spira Sarah.RabinSpira@ShalomDC.org

Preschool and early years Elementary school Caregivers, parents and siblings

Bender JCC of Greater WashingtonBender JCC logo

All are welcome and encouraged to participate in a range of art, culture, and Jewish life programs. The after-school program, 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.  The fully inclusive summer camp program for children with and without disabilities, ages 4-21, provides additional assistance to campers at no additional cost to the family. For more information about individual services contact: 301-881-0100

Preschool and early years Elementary school Teens Young Adults Adults and Seniors Caregivers, parents and siblings

Edlavitch DCJCC

The EDCJCC is committed to providing young adults of all abilities opportunities to create meaningful and well-rounded lives through social engagement, vocational opportunities, fitness, drama and community service. A range of afterschool, family and camp programs including an inclusive community service camp where individuals can earn service-learning hours.  Our newly renovated building is fully accessible. Theater J provides assistive listening devices for all performances and open captioning for select performances. Wheelchair and companion seats are available in the ADA-accessible theater. JxJ has headsets available to amplify sound, which can be requested ahead of time.  Films that have closed captioning will be advertised as such. The wheelchair accessible theater has special seating available in the first row. For more information about individual services contact: (202) 777-276

Preschool and early years Elementary school Teens Young Adults Adults and Seniors Caregivers, parents and siblings

Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia

Pozez JCCNV programs are inclusive and open to everyone.  There is a resource specialist on staff and shadows and special accommodations are available. Social skills classes for 4-15-year old and Jclub, a social program for children in grades 5-8. Going Places: Teens, Young Adults, and Adults, a social club for individuals with high-functioning autism. Special events such as inclusive Bingo night and Holiday Fundraiser: Showcasing the Arts & Gifts of Individuals living with disabilities and/or mental illness. Resources for parents. Cooking classes for children and adults. Adaptive sports and fitness for children and adults. An inclusive summer camp program, Camp Kadima (social skills therapy camp) and Camp Tikvah (life skills). Pozez JCC partners with local organizations to bring a wide range of educational workshops including financial and employment topics. Travel program for adults. Pozez JCC hosts ReelAbilities Film Festival dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.  703-537-3031

Preschool and early years Elementary school Teens Young Adults Adults and Seniors Caregivers, parents and siblings

Capital Camps and Retreat Center

Atzma’im program, inclusion 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. For more information about individual services contact: info@capitalcamps.org or 301-468-2267

Elementary school Teens Young Adults

Friendship CircleFriendship Circle

Torah Circle and Teen Scene bi-monthly social/Judaic programs, monthly Birthday Club, Holiday programs and a Friends at Home program. All programs provide opportunities for children/teens with special needs and neuro-typical children/teens to socialize together. The Yad Program is a monthly gathering at different venues where individuals with disabilities socialize with young professionals in an interesting setting.

Preschool and early years Elementary school Teens Young Adults

Sunflower Bakery

The Sunflower Bakery Pastry Arts Training Program provides a 26-week pastry arts training with professional chefs as well as supervised internship experience to adults with learning differences. Café Sunflower offers 3 months employment training in customer service and barista training with 6 months employment for students who are able to work independently, along with an 8-week high school internship program.  The After-School Teen Exposure Program and the Summer Teen Exposure Program, approved under the Pre-Employment Transition Services in Maryland, provide teens with an introduction to working in a professional bakery. Sunflower’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Seeds Program teaches boys and girls preparing to become a bar or bat mitzvah about the role that Sunflower Bakery plays in the community.

Teens Young Adults Adults and Seniors

Jewish Council for the AgingJCA_logo (JCA) 
Transportation information & referral for seniors and adults with disabilities, Kensington Club, social day clubs for individuals with early-stage memory loss; Misler, a medical adult day center; Senior Helpline providing free information about senior services within the Greater Washington DC area including housing, home care, recreation; SHIP providing help understanding Medicare. (updated 10/7 by Sarah Fought) For more information about individual services: 301-255-4200

Adults and Seniors

Washington Society of Jewish Deaf Washington Society of the Jewish logo

WSJD serves the cultural, spiritual, social and educational needs of the Jewish deaf and heard of hearing community and promotes and advocates deaf awareness among the greater Jewish community including synagogues, community agencies, and schools.

Young Adults Adults and Seniors

Matanmatan logo

Matan educates Jewish leaders, educators, and communities, empowering them to create learning environments supportive of children with special needs, through training Institutes and consultations. Matan also created free online holiday resources, lesson plans, webinars, and divrei torah initiative.

Preschool and early years Elementary school Teens Caregivers, parents and siblings

Bikur Cholim of Greater Washingtonbikur cholim logo

Bikur Cholim translates to “visiting the sick” and provides support for those facing medical related challenges. BCGW supports and maintains kosher pantries at area hospitals and provides ongoing community education to promote awareness of the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim. BCGW maintains a Jewish home and apartment for patients and their families seeking treatment form NIH and area hospitals. BCGW provides free short-term loans of medical equipment to the local Jewish community or those visiting from out of town.

Chai Lifeline: Mid Atlanticchai lifeline logo

Chai Lifeline is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the non-medical needs of seriously ill children, their families, and communities. Our mission is to enhance lives through programs and services that offer friendship, good times, great memories, and social and emotional support. For more information contact Esti Schonbrun, eschonburn@chailifeline.org or 410-205-2085

Respectability Jewish and Faith Inclusion Resourcesrespectability logo

Weekly Shabbat Smiles amplifies the work of Jews with and without disabilities serving the disability community. Online resources include High Holiday guide and Synagogue Inclusion Toolkit.  Respectability’s National Leadership Program is paid fellowship and includes a Jewish Inclusion fellow.

Federation of Greater Washington Addiction ResourcesFederation logo

“Judaism as a Program for Living Well” initiative aims to generate a broader response to challenges of addiction and mental health recovery in our Jewish community. It is an effort to nurture a caring and inclusive community through the Federation’s role of convener, thought leader and catalyst for collaboration.

Federation of Greater Washington Disability Inclusion ResourcesFederation logo

Advancing the ideal of disability inclusion and strengthening our community; connecting individuals and families to programs and services and providing the tools to raise awareness and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Includes an event page, community resources, individual resources, inclusion in the workplace and inclusion stories.

Yachad DCyachad logo

The Homeowner Accessibility Services helps homeowners make modifications such as hand/grab bar installation, ramps (Ramp It Up!) and installations of approved appliances.  Yachad also has a program for renovation concerning disabilities such as asthma or allergies which can include removal and replacement of flooring.