Contacts for Special Needs

Special Needs Director
Jessica Tischler, M.Ed, CTRS
(703) 537-3031

Special Needs Program Coordinator
Aryn Cahen, M.Ed

Resource Specialist
Melissa Hochberg, M.Ed

ReelAbilities: Greater DC Film Festival Coordinator
Michael Mebrahtu

Upcoming Events

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Book Discussion Club

JCCNV Special Needs Committee Presents:

Book Club: Disabilities Education, Stories of Inspiration, and More!

The JCCNV’s Special Needs Committee has launched a book club focusing on books about special needs, non-fictional stories of inspiration, or books related to disabilities to broaden our knowledge. The book club meetings are held at the JCCNV every six weeks from 6:30pm–7:30pm prior to the special needs committee meetings. For more information, please email Jean Gurman at, for details and check our website often for upcoming meeting date!

The next meeting of the JCCNV Special Needs Book Club is Wednesday, July 30, at 6:30pm.
Book Selection: A Different Life; Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures
by Quinn Bradlee.(March 2010) 


"Ten percent of the population is affected by a learning disability, but few of us understand what being learning disabled (LD) is really like. When he was fourteen, Bradlee was diagnosed with Velo-Cardio-Facial-Syndrome (VCFS), a wide-spread, little-understood disorder that is expressed through a wide range of physical ailments and learning disabilities. In this funny, moving, and often irreverent book, Bradlee tells his own inspirational story of growing up as an LD kid—and of doing so as the child of larger-than-life, formidably accomplished parents: long-time Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and bestselling author Sally Quinn. From his difficulties reading social cues, to his cringe-worthy loss of sexual innocence, Bradlee describes the challenges and joys of living “a different life” with disarming candor and humor. By the end of A Different Life he will have become, if not your best friend, one of your favorite people."