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

Upcoming Events

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Social Clubs

JCC Clubhouse (J Club)

J Club is an inclusive social club for children in grades 5-7.

It is designed to provide fun, social opportunities in a structured, supportive environment for young children. Trained staff assists children in navigating through challenging social interactions and engaging in meaningful relationships. Events are planned on a monthly basis and vary from activities at the JCCNV to outings in the community. For more information, contact Arlene Lechner at Arlene.Lechner@jccnv.org or 703.537.3032.


Going Places!

Going Places! Teens: Ages 14–17
Going Places! Young Adults: Ages 18–27
Going Places! Adults: Ages 28+

Sundays, monthly

The JCCNV and the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) present a social club for teens, young adults, and 30+ adults diagnosed with high functioning autism (formerly Asperger’s syndrome and PDD-NOS). The club provides social opportunities in a supportive environment with guidance from professionally trained staff to help participants improve their social skills and overall comfort in social situations. All faiths are welcome. A variety of outings (including parties, bowling, dinners, miniature golf and museum tours) are scheduled year-round. Events are led by JCCNV Resource Specialist Melissa Hochberg, M. Ed, and JSSA’s Dawn B. Kaye, LCSW. Contact Melissa.Hochberg@jccnv.org, 703.537.3040 for more information or to join our events contact list.
Fee: $30 per event

Going Places! is partially funded by the Harry and Zoe Poole Foundation.

Social InNOVAtions

For Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) students

Monthly, dates and times – TBA
Contact: Melissa.Hochberg@jccnv.org, 703.537.3040
The JCCNV and JSSA, in conjunction with NVCC, present a social club for NVCC students diagnosed with high functioning autism (formerly Asperger’s syndrome) and related disorders. The club provides social opportunities in a supportive environment with guidance from professionally trained staff who work with participants on improving social skills and their overall comfort in social situations. Events may include: games, bowling, book club discussions, parties, and much more!
Fee: $5 per event

This is a joint program of JCCNV, JSSA, and NVCC made possible through a grant by LifeCircle Alliances.