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

Upcoming Events

JCCNV: A Great Fit for Me!

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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, and books related to disabilities to broaden our knowledge. Book club meetings are held at the J every six weeks from 6:30pm–7:30pm prior to the special needs committee meetings.

Special Book Club Event

Conversations with Authors and Artists, Fall 2014, a program of JCCNV's Northern Virginia j.talks

Rebecca Ann Alexander
Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found
Sunday, October 19, 2pm

The inspiring memoir of a young woman who is slowly losing her sight and hearing yet continues to live each day with grace and purpose. Thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete. She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. Not Fade Away is a deeply moving exploration of the obstacles we all face—physical, psychological, and philosophical. When Rebecca was twelve, her parents were told that she would be completely blind before she turned thirty. In college, she found out that due to a rare genetic disorder—Usher Syndrome Type III—she was losing her hearing as well. Since then, she has earned two Master’s degrees from Columbia University, ridden a six-hundred-mile bike race, hiked the Inca Trail, and established a thriving career—all while maintaining a vibrant social life.

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Save the Date!
Conversations with Authors and Artists, Fall 2014, a program of JCCNV's Northern Virginia j.talks
Sunday, November 2, 2pm, ABC Animals, by Nate Hausmann