WJCS provides a comprehensive continuum of care for people with disabilities and their families. Agency programs and extensive partnerships support them throughout the life cycle and during transition periods to reach their potential, enhance their strengths, and live as independently as possible within supportive communities. Extensive services include residential and independent living programs, recreational and support groups, clinical services, therapeutic social skills, assessment and remediation services, service coordination and respite and support for caregivers.
From Group Residence to Workplace
WJCS services for people with disabilities provide meaningful opportunities for inclusion in community life. Andrew (above), a resident of one of 14 WJCS group residences, is getting picked up at one of the three community sites where he interns and is gaining valuable work skills that will help him seek and secure paid employment. At the WJCS Vocational Center, funded by The Taft Foundation, Andrew benefits from various skill-building activities and is part of the Center’s employment training program.
WJCS values the life-saving and life-enhancing services that our more than 200 direct care professionals provide to approximately 150 individuals with disabilities. We join with other disabilities agencies and advocates in supporting the #bFair2DirectCare campaign seeking $45 million in the 2017 NY State budget to provide a living wage for direct care professionals. For more information, please like #bFair2DirectCare on Facebook and follow #bFair2DirectCare on Twitter.
Turning Disabilities into Abilities
POINT (Pursuing Our Independence Together) supports young adults, ages 21 and older, with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, to live independently in apartments located throughout downtown White Plains. POINT community members are supported to achieve their individual goals whether in finding employment, learning new skills or simply socializing with peers with help from specialists from WJCS and JCCA. Learn more: www.wjcs.com/POINT.
Problem-Solving and Coping Strategies:
DBT skills groups for teens and young adults with autism
Over the past 10 years, the numbers of individuals identified with autism has increased to one in every 62. Those who have average to above-average intellectual skills may struggle with social relatedness and anxiety. Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), a research-backed therapy, has traditionally been used to support people with severe emotional regulation difficulties. Principles of mindfulness, interpersonal effective and emotional regulation can be applied to people with autism. WJCS will be offering two eight-week adapted DBT skills groups. The first group is for high school teens and the second for young adults aged 18-35. The goal is to teach problem-solving and coping strategies. Groups will be held at the Hartsdale Family Mental Health Clinic. Fees may be reimbursed through insurance. For more information, please call Mary Kelly at 914-949-7699 x477.
For information on these or other WJCS programs and services, please contact Jan Fisher, Director of Public Affairs, at email@example.com or 914-848-8163.