News & Event
Join us for therapeutic movement and dance classes for people with Parkinson's disease.
All classes held in the South End. Come to any one class or more, as you like!
For more information, please contact Janet Selcer at email@example.com or 857-234-2720.
When: Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
Cost: $125 for the series of five sessions. Registration and payment via check or credit card are required before the first session. As with all CERS services, reduced fees are available based on need.
Space is limited. For more information, please contact Debbie Whitehill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-5625.
Meet with an Educational Advocate from JF&CS Disability Lifespan Solutions to review your child's IEP, discuss concerns, and develop strategies to address those concerns. Come prepared with your top two concerns and make sure to bring a copy of your child's current IEP, recent evaluations, and progress reports. We'll discuss what may improve the IEP based on information provided by you, the parent/guardian, and help you understand the role of an Educational Advocate and determine if you may benefit from working with one.
When: Thursday, October 27
Individual 50-minute sessions begin at the top of every hour from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 per session. Scholarships available.
Registration required: Please contact Wendi Hutchinson at email@example.com or 781-.693-1216.
Am I As PROACTIVE As I Can Be With My PD Care?
Please join us to hear Margarita Llibre Rogers, Parkinson’s Disease Advocate and social worker, discuss the best ways to:
When: Thursday, March 1
10:30 a.m. - noon
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA
RSVP required: Contact Nancy Mazonson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-5069.
Presented by Don Meyer, Director, Sibling Support Project
Sibshops reflect a belief that our communities need to acknowledge the difficulties faced by brothers and sisters of children with special needs and provide them with the opportunity to connect with each other in the same way that many parents of children with special needs have benefited from sharing their experiences.
Open to interested participants across New England including adult siblings, parents, grandparents, and family members of children/teens as well as professionals, organizational staff who wish to facilitate a Sibshop in their local community, and social workers who work with families that have siblings as part of the family.
A Sibling's Perspective: Interviews with Don Meyer and Seven Young Siblings
If you are interested in your typically developing sibling participating in the demonstration sibshop, coordinated by Don Meyer during the conference, we are looking for children ages 8-13 year old to participate in Friday's Demonstration Workshop. During the Demonstration Sibshop, adult participants will put on their jeans, tee-shirts, and sneakers to join Don Meyer as he conducts a Sibshop for a group of 8-to-13 year old local brothers and sisters. This workshop provides participants with the materials and a first hand account of what they will need to start, plan, and conduct the activities for their own Sibshop group in their community. The Demonstration Sibshop can also be the “kick-off” for an on-going program in the host community. Following the Sibshop, trainees will debrief and finalize plans for creating Sibshops in their own communities. Email Doreen Cummings at email@example.com to sign up to participate.
The primary goal of this workshop is to train new Sibshops facilitators and administrators as well as adult siblings, service providers, and parents. During the two days of the Sibshop training, these participants will learn about sibs’ lifelong concerns, find out how to organize a local Sibshop, and experience what a Sibshop is as they join Don and local young brothers and sisters for a four-hour demonstration sibshop. Trainees who would like to become a Sibshops facilitator must attend both days of the Sibshops training. Upon completion of the two-day training, they may (upon registration) start their own local Sibshop.
The secondary goal of this workshop is to educate parents, service providers, and others about sibs’ ever-changing issues across the lifespan. This is an audience interested in sibling issues but not necessarily interested in how to run a Sibshop. This audience attends the first day of the two-day training.
View a typical two-day Sibshops training schedule.
When: Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Leventhal-Sidman JCC
333 Nahanton Street, Newton
Day 1 Only: Parents/Students - $110, Professionals - $160
Days 1 & 2: Parents/Students - $160, Professionals - $210
Please contact Doreen Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Offered by Jewish Family & Children's Service in collaboration with the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network and thanks to generous funding from the Ruderman Family Foundation.
Recognizing 18 Extraordinary Advocates for People with Disabilities
A biennial event supporting JF&CS Services for People with Disabilities
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Westin Waltham
Leslie & Stephen Bernstein
Robin & Steve Scari
At this year's event we will recognize eighteen individuals or organizations that are extraordinary advocates for people with disabilities. Our community is blessed with many who support and embrace our clients and others with disabilities, foster their growth and independence, give them opportunities to live full, meaningful, and independent lives, and celebrate their accomplishments. We are excited to honor their contributions.
CHAI (Community Housing and Adult Independence) were the first program offerings of JF&CS Services for People with Disabilities. We have grown significantly and now also offer a full continuum of services for people with disabilities and their families including information and referral, care coordination and coaching, mental health counseling, day and employment services, supported housing, social and recreational groups, and Jewish programming.
Sponsorship opportunities available.
For more information, contact Raquel Morales, Special Events Manager, at email@example.com or 781-693-5036.
A 3-hour social and respite program that offers music therapy and recreational swim for children and young adults with moderate to severe neurological and physical disabilities. This structured program provides regular opportunities for participants to be integrated and interact with members of their community as well as form friendships with the other participants.
The HALO Foundation generously provides funding for Sunday Swim & Sing, substantially subsidizing the program cost for participants. HALO is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children with neurological disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, etc. At this time, a sole diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other non-neurological diagnoses do not qualify for this respite opportunity.
Please visit halo.org for more information about the HALO Foundation.
When: The program meets 20 Sundays a year from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street, Newton
RSVP required: Contact Angela Waring, Respite and Recreation Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-697-7232.
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451