Contacts for Special Needs

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

Special Needs Program Coordinator
Arlene Lechner, 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. 

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

An Unquiet Mind-A Memoir of Moods and Madness (1997) by Kay Redfield Jamison

Tuesday, December 9th at 6:30pm @ JCCNV

Kay Redfield Jamison is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is the author of several books on this subject.

Jamison examines in this 200 page paperback book, manic-depression from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication. She has emerged with a memoir of enormous candor, vividness and wisdom, one of those rare books that have the power to transform lives ---and even save them.  You will find this book to be powerfully written, enlightening and exceptionally moving.

The author has received numerous national and international scientific awards and was a member of the first National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research, as well as the clinical director for the Dana Consortium on the Genetic Basis of Manic-Depressive Illness.