February is Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

Greater MetroWest ABLE is proud to join together with Jewish communities from all over the world in this unified effort to raise awareness and champion the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Please click here to learn more about the programs and resources available across Greater MetroWest throughout the month of February. We have 44 community partners providing programming to help raise awareness this year! Join us at programs throughout the month to support meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in every aspect of Jewish life, making our Greater MetroWest community a place made “whole and complete” by all of its members. Together, we can foster a more inclusive Jewish community that emphasizes, first and foremost, the value, dignity and capabilities of each and every individual.

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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.

 

 

 

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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Featured Programs

 

 


February is Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

Contact Becca at (973) 929-3129 or metrowestABLE@jfedgmw.org for more information on upcoming programs across the Greater MetroWest Community. >>more


Free Guidance and Grants for Camp/Summer Programs

It’s time to plan for Summer 2016. Click here for free Guide to Choosing a Camp for Children with Special Needs. Contact Rebecca Wanatick of Greater MetroWest ABLE at (973) 929-3129 or Tracy Levine of One Happy Camper NJ at (973) 929-2970 for free guidance on choosing the right program. New campers at 150+ overnight camps/teen programs may be eligible for a gift of up to $1,000 One Happy Camper grant. >>more


Learn to Babysit for Children with Special Needs Class – now registering!

February 7 - March 13
JCC of Central NJ
1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains

During this five-week course, teens will be trained by a special needs professional through workshops, videos, and meetings. Students will be certified in CPR and First Aid, with additional topics including: disability awareness, rights and responsibilities, child development and behavioral challenges, communicating with the child with special needs, modifying games/activities, handling emergencies, and more. A list of teens that have completed the course can then be shared with families in the community seeking childcare. >>more


All You NEED to KNOW About Transitioning to Adult Services

Thursday, February 11 • 7-9 p.m.
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC
​760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

Free and open to the community

Attorney, Hillary Freeman and JFS MetroWest Support Coordinator, Maggie McCourt will join parents and caregivers from our community to discuss the transition to adult services. For more information or to register, please contact Rebecca Wanatick at (973) 929-3129 or metrowestABLE@jfedgmw.org. >>more


Celebrating Inclusion and Honoring Our ABLE Awarded Partners

Thursday, February 25 • 7-9 p.m.
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC
​760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

Free and open to the community

Join members of our community as we celebrate congregations and agencies who have become ABLE Awarded, demonstrating their inclusive visions and practices. Pam Schuller, Inclusion Specialist for URJ Youth Programs, will, with great humor, share her personal, sometimes painful story of navigating the Jewish world as a child with a disability. For more information please contact Becca at (973) 929-3129 or metrowestABLE@jfedgmw.org. >>more


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.
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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. 
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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. 
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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.
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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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