Contacts for Special Needs

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

Special Needs Program Coordinator
Aryn Cahen, M.Ed
703.537.3032
Aryn.Cahen@jccnv.org

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

Upcoming Events

JCCNV: A Great Fit for Me!

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Special Needs

The Center’s program is committed to helping the community through activities designed to develop physical and social skills for individuals with special needs. The program features:

About the Special Needs Program

The Center’s program is committed to helping the community through activities designed to develop physical and social skills for individuals with special needs. The program features small participant-staff ratios and offerings such as adapted aquatics, social groups, family events and recreational social skills classes.

As evidence of our programming excellence, demand for our classes, social groups and events has grown substantially since 2006 when the JCCNV first introduced its Special Needs program. As a result of the increased demand and support by the community, we are excited to announce that we will be adding additional staff to the department in the new year which will help us to grow the program based on the community’s needs.
 
One of our flagship programs continues to be our summer social skills camp which offers morning therapy and afternoon inclusion programs. This summer, camp has been renamed “Kadima,” which means “forward” or “Let’s go!,” and will be run solely by the JCCNV as we bring the staffing resources in-house. Although we are no longer partnering on camp with JSSA, we will continue to partner with JSSA on other projects throughout the year.
 
We’ll look forward to receiving your camp registrations in January and to seeing you at our many programs! -Jessica Tischler and Melissa Hochberg

Get Involved! Special Needs Committee

Chair: Lynne Sprung

The goal of our Special Needs Committee is to help the JCCNV develop its programming to meet the needs of our community. These dedicated individuals meet every six weeks and are linked in some way with special needs. We currently have opportunities in the following areas: programming, outreach, volunteering, marketing, and fundraising. If you have a child or family member with a special need, work in the field, or just have the passion, we invite you to come join us! Contact Jessica Tischler for more information on how to join this committee.

These programs are substantially underwritten by:

Alexander Greenbaum Philanthropic Fund, Abraham and Frieda Hochberg Foundation, Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool, Harry and Zoe Poole Foundation and The Washington Group Special Care Planning Team.