Contacts for Special Needs

Special Needs Director
Jessica Tischler, M.Ed, CTRS

Special Needs Program Coordinator
Arlene Lechner, M.Ed

Resource Specialist
Melissa Hochberg, M.Ed

Upcoming Events

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Sponsors and Partners

JCCNV Special Needs Department Sponsor:

Gold Level


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ReelAbilities Screening Partners:



  • Artisphere
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church
  • DC Public Library (MLK, BEN, CPK, PKL, WTD)
  • Fairfax County Government Center
  • George Mason University
  • Imagination Stage
  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW)
  • Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
  • Northern Virginia Community College—Manassas Campus
  • Reston Community Center
  • The Ivymount School
  • Temple Beth Ami
  • Temple Rodef Shalom
  • Washington DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC)

Outreach Partners                                                   

  • Active Minds
  • Audio Description Associates, LLC
  • Belgian Embassy
  • Center for Workers with Disabilities
  • Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
  • Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance
  • DC Government Office of Disability Rights (ODR)
  • Fitness for Health
  • George Mason University Hillel
  • Goodwill of Greater Washington
  • Hugh Gregory Gallagher Theatre
  • Imagination Stage
  • Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH)
  • JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
  • Lifeline Partnerships
  • LTCCC Committee for Young Adults with Disabilities
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
  • RespectabilityUSA
  • Reston Community Center
  • SPARC Solutions
  • Spina Bifida Association of the Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Stroke Comeback Center
  • Sunflower Bakery
  • The Ivymount School and Programs
  • The Treatment and Learning Centers
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival