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This free workshop aims to benefit families just entering the adult disability world, as well as being a great refresher for those already at that stage of life. Presenter Geoffrey Misilo, Esq. is the Director of Disability Lifespan Solutions at Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Geoffrey is a licensed Massachusetts attorney who practiced Special Needs Law for many years before joining Disability Lifespan Solutions (DLS) as Director. DLS is a program staffed by experienced Family Advocates and Clinical Case Managers who work to promote the lifelong well-being of individuals with disabilities and their families.
This Disability Lifespan Solutions Workshop will cover a range of adult disability issues including:
This workshop is free and open to the public. RSVP is required.
This event has been postponed and the new date, time, and location are currently TBD.
Please contact us at email@example.com or 781-693-1216 for more information.
Lisa Albers Prock, MD, MPH, FAAP
Director of the Adoption Program at Children’s Hospital Boston
This workshop will provide useful information to prospective adoptive parents about medical information/biological history they may receive regarding their child. This is an opportunity to learn what specific prenatal factors may impact future developmental, medical, or mental health issues. Attendees will also receive valuable resources for post adoption. Certificates will be provided for 2 hours of adoption training.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street
Fee: $20 per person. Open to the entire community.
Audience: Pre-Adoptive parents
Refreshments will be available.
RSVP required: Please contact Neile Gordon, LCSW, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Separation and divorce, custody, visitation, and litigation are stressful for children, putting them at high risk for depression or behavioral issues. Most children, with the help of their parents, will adjust to living in a two-household family.
This five-hour educational program for parents is required by the state of Massachusetts for all divorcing parents with minor children. It is completed by attending two 2½ hour sessions and is conducted by JF&CS clinicians. The focus of the program is on the varied needs of children during the challenging time of disruption and transition that often accompanies divorce.
September 13 & 14
October 11 & 12
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
September 26 & 27
October 24 & 25
646 Salisbury Street, Worcester
Cost: $80 per person
Pre-registration is required. To register, please call 508-755-3101. State regulations prohibit joint attendance by divorcing couples at the same session. Childcare is not provided.
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.
When: Wednesday, November 9
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
JF&CS Shoulder to Shoulder strengthens the resiliency and improves the lives of military and veteran families by providing unique home-based support services and connections to community resources.
Offered by New American Services. This is a free conversational English program for Russian speaking tenants of Morville House (100 Norway Street, Boston) and Symphony Towers (333/334 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston).
For more information, please call Irina Rutman at 781-647-JFCS (5327).
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451