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    • Bet Tzedek for the Conservatorship Clinic

    • Location: City;Valleys
    • Contact Phone: (323) 549-5823
    • Description: If you are interested in learning more about obtaining a limited conservatorship for your adult child over the age ...read moreIf you are interested in learning more about obtaining a limited conservatorship for your adult child over the age of 18, go to www.bettzedek.org/services/guardianships-and-conservatorships or call Bet Tzedek at 323-549-5823. read less
    • Big Brothers and Sisters for Siblings of Children with Special Needs

    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Contact Phone: (323) 456-1157
    • Description: Siblings of children with special needs have special needs, too. JBBBSLA can be there for your child as a mentor, a ...read moreSiblings of children with special needs have special needs, too. JBBBSLA can be there for your child as a mentor, a role model or just a good friend. They are there to go places, do things with, talk to or just hang out - Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters always have a sense of what to do. Do you have children with special needs? Maybe their siblings could benefit by having a Jewish Big Brother or Sister! JBBBSLA is here for Jewish families of all configurations! Contact Person: Leeron Tzalka; Email: [email protected]; Phone: (323) 456-1168; Website: https://www.jbbbsla.org/ Contact Email: [email protected] Contact Phone:(323) 456-1155 read less
    • BJE Project EnAble

    • Description: The goal of Project EnAble is to promote accessible specialized services for students who need additional support in ...read moreThe goal of Project EnAble is to promote accessible specialized services for students who need additional support in Jewish schools. Through Project EnAble, students are mentored and academically engaged during the school day. Systems are in place for ongoing student and family support and feedback. Project EnAble is proud to provide integrated professional development workshops for schools to support the clinical and educational work being done to accommodate diverse learning styles. Following the first year planning period, Project EnAble was implemented in 2 BJE schools in October 2017. Currently, students can receive specialized support in the areas of Language Arts (including Reading and Writing), Math, foreign language, and Executive Functioning skills (including organizational and time management) as well as building a relationship with others. Accommodating and prioritizing the needs of all learners is a goal to which BJE and its affiliated schools aspire. Project EnAble creates a mechanism for providing needed services for students within the context of the school day, making it possible for more student success and for families to consider and remain in Jewish day schools. For further information about Project EnAble, please contact Project EnAble Director, Michelle Porjes, 323-761-8641. read less
    • Cerebral Palsy Group

    • Description: Our foundation provides free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy a ...read moreOur foundation provides free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. read less
    • Conejo Valley Friendship Circle

    • Location: Conejo Valley;Valleys
    • Address: 30345 Canwood Street Agoura Hills, CA
    • Description: The Friendship Circle's mission is to bring friends and smiles to children with special needs and peace of mind ...read moreThe Friendship Circle's mission is to bring friends and smiles to children with special needs and peace of mind to their parents; to foster the values of volunteerism and compassion among our youth and to ultimately realize the community's responsibility for its members with special needs. The Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that addresses the challenges facing the families of children with special needs in a novel and innovative way. The program begins with the pairing of local teenagers with children for weekly "Friends at Home" visits but hardly ends there. Through a full range of activities and events, the Friendship Circle creates its own special environment of friendship and love. read less
    • ETTA

    • Location: City;Valleys
    • Address: 13034 Saticoy Street North Hollywood, CA, 91605
    • Description: WELCOME TO ETTA ETTA provides programs and services that enable people with disabilities to live fully enriched, in ...read moreWELCOME TO ETTA ETTA provides programs and services that enable people with disabilities to live fully enriched, independent and active lives. ETTA serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, and is one of the premier providers of such services on the West Coast. ETTA's services include residential housing, case management, employment training and placement, educational services and social services. read less
    • Friendship Circle Los Angeles

    • Location: City;Valleys
    • Address: 1952 S Robertson Blvd Los Angeles, CA
    • Description: The Friendship Circle's mission is (1) to provide Jewish children who have special needs with a full range of s ...read moreThe Friendship Circle's mission is (1) to provide Jewish children who have special needs with a full range of social, recreational, educational and Judaic experiences; (2) to provide their parents with respite and support; and (3) to enrich, inspire and motivate Jewish teenagers through sharing of themselves with others. read less
    • HaMercaz

    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Contact Phone: (866) 287-8030
    • Description: Contact Person: Sarah Blitzstein Email: [email protected] Phone: Tollfree (866) 287-8030 Address: 6505 Wilshire Contact Person: Sarah Blitzstein Email: [email protected] Phone: Tollfree (866) 287-8030 Address: 6505 Wilshire ...read moreContact Person: Sarah Blitzstein Email: [email protected] Phone: Tollfree (866) 287-8030 Address: 6505 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048 Website: http://www.hamercaz.org A one-stop program for Jewish families with children with special needs and developmental disabilities. Families become connected with a network of services providing on-going assistance with special needs programming at synagogues, schools and camps in the Jewish community. HaMercaz offers parent workshops and support groups and is available to provide staff training and professional development. read less
    • Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

    • Address: 3580 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 700 Los Angeles, CA, 90010
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Contact Phone: (323) 761-8800
    • Description: Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) is a non-profit agency that provides a range of mental health and social ...read moreJewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) is a non-profit agency that provides a range of mental health and social services to men, women and children regardless of race and ethnicity. Through more than a century and a half of continuous service to the community, JFS has earned a national reputation for stability, efficiency and professionalism. We maintain low overhead costs, and high ethical standards. We work in collaboration with other partners to strengthen and preserve individual, family and community life. read less
    • Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust

    • Location: City;Valleys
    • Address: 6505 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 450 Los Angeles, CA
    • Description: Do you live in Los Angeles County and have a loved one with a serious disability? Have you been meaning to set aside ...read moreDo you live in Los Angeles County and have a loved one with a serious disability? Have you been meaning to set aside money for that person but don’t know how? With seed funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, we have launched a Pooled Special Needs Trust which will provide supplemental financial support over and above government benefits, and peace of mind for you. Our Pooled Special Needs Trust helps to ensure that children and adults with disabilities are able to obtain the highest possible quality of life, by leveraging the power of pooled investments to assist with financial security. Pooled Special Needs Trusts are an excellent, affordable alternative to stand-alone special needs trusts for families who want to set aside some money for their loved one with a disability but can’t afford the costly set-up and annual fees associated with a stand-alone trust, and are also seeking a trustee who understands the needs of people with disabilities and also has in-depth knowledge of the local community. read less
    • JLA Trust

    • Location: City;South Bay;Valleys
    • Address: 6505 Wilhire Blvd. Suite 450 Los Angleles, CA
    • Description: Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust (JLA Trust) ensures that children and adults with disabilities are able to ob ...read moreJewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust (JLA Trust) ensures that children and adults with disabilities are able to obtain a high quality of life by leveraging the power of community to assist with financial security and peace of mind. We are open to beneficiaries of all faiths and backgrounds. ​We use available trust funds to help improve well-being beyond a client’s current status quo, facilitate budgeting decisions. We take a holistic and person-centered approach to connecting beneficiaries and their families to other agencies and resources that will contribute to a higher quality of life. read less
    • Make Miracles - Volunteer for the Miracle Project!

    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: BE PART OF A MIRACLE! The Miracle Project is always looking for volunteers – or, as we call them, “co-actors ...read moreBE PART OF A MIRACLE! The Miracle Project is always looking for volunteers – or, as we call them, “co-actors.” Co-actors are peer role models — participating alongside those with autism and other disabilities serving as a friend, classmate, and creative partner. Co-actors with The Miracle Project will be trained in Elaine Hall’s “Inclusion from WithIn” methodology and might have the opportunity to perform with The Miracle Project in live productions or on film. We welcome co-actors of all ages and all backgrounds and encourage siblings and similar-age relatives (such as cousins) of program participants to serve as co-actors in classes, as well. To sign up to be a volunteer, please fill out a volunteer application. For more information about volunteering, contact [email protected]. read less
    • RespectAbiliity FREE ZOOM WEBINAR SERIES

    • Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
    • Description: CONTENT DETAILS FOR FREE ZOOM WEBINAR SERIES Tuesdays starting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. ET Throu ...read moreCONTENT DETAILS FOR FREE ZOOM WEBINAR SERIES Tuesdays starting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. ET Throughout the calendar year 2020, we will create a live and recorded seven-part series, which collectively will contain skills needed by a Jewish organization to fully practice inclusion of Jewish leaders with disabilities. Here are the seven webinars: 1) Inclusion Is a Jewish Value Most Jewish organizations, including those focused on social justice (Tikkun Olam) issues, ground their work deeply in Jewish values. As the Jewish world puts serious work into becoming more inclusive, the temptation exists to define inclusion separate from the Jewish mission of the organization – a recent outgrowth of our tradition’s focus on Tikkun Olam. In fact, the roots of inclusive values, middot, can be found in the Torah, and there are serious and meaningful discussions of inclusion in the Talmud. This training will help organizations situate inclusion within our Jewish values, within Tikkun Olam, as well as address the intersection between inclusion and modern halachic concerns for organizations serving the Jewish public. 2) How to Create and Implement Successful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives - Best Practices and Must-Haves: From Will to Skill. The decision to prioritize diversity is an important move forward on an organization’s DEI journey, but the gap can be large between this well-intentioned decision and successful outcomes. We will bring together leaders from the most successful organizations to share the benefit of their experiences and their secrets for success. This includes Jews with multiple minority status, including those of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women in leadership, and more. 3) How to Ensure Legal Rights and Compliance Obligations - Exploring the Rights of Employees and Participants, and the Obligations of Jewish Organizations Under U.S. Law At RespectAbility, we believe strongly that the greatest motivator and argument around inclusion is the value it brings both to the organization and to the person. Even with this backdrop, we recognize that parties will occasionally find themselves at points of disagreement. At that point, it becomes important for everyone to know the nature of existing legal rights and obligations. This session will cover those topics, including the special sensitivities and limitations applying to religious organizations. 4) How to Ensure Accessible Events Organizational representatives will be given RespectAbility’s Accessibility Checklist and will be taught how to use it. Although 72 percent of nonprofit organizations say they have a policy of nondiscrimination against people with disabilities, too few take simple steps to make their programming truly accessible. For example, fewer than 60 percent of organizations have their events held in physically accessible spaces. Fewer than one-third (30 percent) of organizations offer opportunities for participants at public events to request accommodations like sign language interpreters, live captioning or food allergy alternatives. This session will train organizations to ensure that their practices match their principles. 5) How to Ensure A Welcoming Lexicon, Accessible Websites and Social Media and Inclusive Photos Today’s website is the front lobby of an organization, and social media is fast supplanting the more traditional ways that our organizations connect with the public. Our research shows that Jewish organizations are not yet using website basics for accessibility, like captioned videos, screen reader-friendly designs and photo description/alt-text. Run by RespectAbility’s communications team and partners, this webinar will give a nonprofit everything it needs to know to open its digital door, along with the language that invites all people in to participate. 6) How to Recruit, Accommodate and Promote Jewish Leaders with Disabilities for Paid Employment and Volunteer Leadership A large percentage of nonprofits RespectAbility surveyed agree that the best solutions for the inclusion of a subgroup must incorporate the experience and knowledge of that subgroup, yet less than half of the nonprofits surveyed reported having a person with a disability on staff, let alone in leadership. We envision a training for HR and inclusion professionals to teach them everything they need to know to recruit, hire, accommodate, retain and promote people with disabilities. 7) How to Advance Disability Inclusion in Jewish Education Organizations will learn about fellow organizations advancing Jewish Inclusion through best practices in Jewish Day Schools. For too long Jewish parents of children with disabilities have been faced with a stark decision: get my children the services they need or get them an education in a Jewish day school. We will share the successes of organizations looking to end this dichotomy such as Sulam in Rockville Maryland; Gateways: Access to Jewish Education in Boston, Massachusetts; and Hidden Sparks, based in New York City. Each has pioneered a different approach to make this dream a reality, and we will learn what they did, how they did it, and most importantly how we can learn from them in our own communities. read less
    • RespectAbility

    • Description: RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with employers, entertainment leaders, governo ...read moreRespectAbility is a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with employers, entertainment leaders, governors, policy makers, educators, self-advocates, non-profits, faith-based organizations, philanthropists and the media to fight stigmas and advance opportunities. Led by diverse people with disabilities and allies, RespectAbility knows that people with disabilities and their families have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. RespectAbility accomplishes our mission with a three-part strategy: Fighting stigmas by promoting diverse, authentic and accurate portrayals of people with disabilities Advancing opportunities by identifying and promoting best practices in education, employment, civic engagement and access Leadership development to strengthen a talent pipeline of people with disabilities Our free tools and factual resources inform stakeholders so people with disabilities can achieve the education, training, jobs, security and wellness that everyone needs and deserves. read less
    • Yachad Los Angeles

    • Address: 9831 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, , 90035
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Contact Phone: (310) 948-8307
    • Description: Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, is dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities of individual ...read moreYachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, is dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring their participation in the full spectrum of Jewish life. Yachad LA offers weekly social programs for children, teens & adults, relationship building courses, social media workshops, shabbaton experiences, a birthright trip and summer programs. Teen community service opportunities are available. Email: [email protected]; Phone: (310) 948-8307; Address: 9831 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035; Website: http://yachad.org read less