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GREATER METROWEST ABLE VISION

Greater MetroWest ABLE envisions a Greater MetroWest community that is made whole through the active and meaningful participation of all of its members, with opportunities for access to every aspect of Jewish life.

Applications Now Available!

Greater MetroWest ABLE is now accepting applications for the Matan Institute of Greater MetroWest, a year-long training and mentorship program for education directors and their teachers who are supporting children with disabilities in their classrooms. » more

 

Find the right volunteer project for you!
For more information on volunteer opportunities with Greater MetroWest ABLE, contact: Rebecca Wanatick at (973) 929-3129 or rwanatick@jfedgmw.org.

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10 New ABLE Awarded Partners Recognized!

Ten congregations and agencies were honored as the newest partners to become ABLE Awarded, acknowledging them as having a mindset of providing an inclusive environment for all members of the Jewish community. These newest partners are  Bnai Keshet, JCC MetroWest, Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled, Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest NJ, The Joint Chaplaincy Committee of Greater MetroWest NJ, The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, and Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains. These partners join those who had already achieved this goal:  Adath Shalom Synagogue, Congregation Agudath Israel, Congregation Awahas Achim B’nai Jacob & David, Congregation B’nai Israel of Millburn, Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Beth Shalom, Temple B’nai Abraham, Temple Sha’arey Shalom, and Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel.

Featured Programs
 



Mom's Support Group

2nd Wednesday of each month) 7:30-9 p.m.
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC
​760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

Are you looking for support and guidance, networking with other moms, how to be the best advocate, services and resources available in your community? For more information please Rebecca Wanatick, Community Coordinator, Greater MetroWest ABLE at (973) 929-3129 or rwanatick@jfedgmw.org. >>more


Special Needs Caregiver's Support Group

For caregivers of children/adults with special needs
This group will offer:

  • Support and guidance
  • An opportunity to network with other parents/guardians
  • Ways to advocate for your child
  • Services and resources available in the community

For more information please contact Rebecca Wanatick, Community Coordinator, Greater MetroWest ABLE at (973) 929-3129 or rwanatick@jfedgmw.org. >>more


Sibling's Support Group

Thursday evenings, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (download flyer for specific dates)
Jewish Family Services of MetroWest
570 W. Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston
Program Fee: $50

For siblings of children with special needs
This group will offer:

  • Support and Guidance
  • An opportunity to address feelings in a fun, supportive environment
  • Meet other children in similar situations

For more information please contact Rebecca Wanatick, Community Coordinator, Greater MetroWest ABLE at (973) 929-3129 or rwanatick@jfedgmw.org. >>more


Union County Sibling's and Caregiver's Support Group

Thursday evenings, 6-7:15 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. (download flyer for specific times and dates)
The JCC of Central NJ
1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains
Program Fee: $50


Vodcasts of Recent Workshops
 

Special Education — Your Child’s Rights and District’s Obligations Under IDEA and NJ Law
Learn more about your child’s rights and district’s obligations under IDEA.
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentation

Future Planning: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Child's Care
This workshop begins to answer the questions you have about planning for your child in adulthood. It is never too early to begin the process. 
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentations

Building a Team as an Investment in Your Child's Future
This workshop begins to answer the questions of developing a team to transition your child from school to what happens next. 
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentations

Creative Alternatives to Supervised and Supportive Residential Options
This workshop discusses the process of eligibility, options, and opportunities for supportive housing for adults with disabilities.
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentations 

Navigating the Bureaucracy — How to Get Efficient and Effective Services for Your Family Member with Special Needs
Learn more about how to navigate the many systems in place to support your family. This presentation includes information on state and federal programs, understanding insurance plans and changes in DDD.
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentations

While You Wait For Residential Services…How Do You Maximize the Resources Available?
Learn more about how to maximize the resources that are in place to support your family. This presentation includes information on using self-directed service budgets, the new DDD Supports Program, and services provided by NJDVRS.
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentations

Contact Info

Rebecca Wanatick, Community Coordinator
(973) 929-3129 • rwanatick@jfedgmw.org

 

Media Coverage

 

Union County Congregations receive grants to enhance services for people with disabilities
nj.com (6/17/14)
Three Union County congregations have been awarded Greater MetroWest ABLE Synagogue Challenge Grants that will be used for building enhancements, programs, and/or enhanced services for people with disabilities and their families, allowing them greater accessibility to the synagogue community. more


ABLE Challenge Grants 2013
Summit Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim in Cranford, and Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains, in collaboration with Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim and Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains, are four out of eight congregations across Essex, Morris, and Union counties that have been awarded Synagogue ABLE Challenge Grants by Greater MetroWest ABLE to promote inclusion in synagogue life for individuals and families with special needs. more


Lt. Governor visits the WAE Center
For an hour on April 27, New Jersey’s lieutenant governor laughed, danced, shook hands, and high-fived her way through the WAE Center in West Orange, sharing moments of fun with many of the 65 clients of the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled of Greater MetroWest program. more


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