Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

(703) 323-0880

Contacts for Special Needs

Special Needs Director
Jessica Tischler, M.Ed, CTRS
703.537.3031
Jessica.Tischler@jccnv.org

Special Needs Program Coordinator
Arlene Lechner, M.Ed
703.537.3032
Arlene.Lechner@jccnv.org

Resource Specialist
Melissa Hochberg, M.Ed
703.537.3040
Melissa.Hochberg@jccnv.org

Special Needs Support Coordinator
Aryn Cahen
703.537.3035
Aryn.Cahen@jccnv.org 

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JCCNV Special Needs Committee Presents:

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

Contact: Jean.Gurman@jccnv.org
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.  

Next Book Club meeting

Our next book club meeting will be Tuesday, July 28 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the JCCNV.

The book is "Life, Animated: A story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism," by Ron Suskind.

5 star Amazon review: Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

 

Now that the days are warmer and lighter longer in the evening, I hope more readers will be able to join us to share their professional and personal observations and experiences as we discuss these interesting books!

Questions or comments? Email Jean Gurman.