Persons with Disabilities and Their Families - JFCS of Greater Philadelphia

Supporting Your Child Living With Disabilities

Lisa Ney, Director of Programs and Services for Persons Living with Disabilities, offers practical advice for parents on how to help their children of all ages living with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive differences navigate these uncertain times.

Supporting Persons with Disabilities During COVID 19

JFCS hosts an interactive conversation for persons with disabilities and caregivers of children or adults with disabilities. Topics include how physical distancing affects individuals with disabilities, creating opportunities for learning or social engagement, and maintaining routines and structure.

 

 

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF SUPPORT

Virtual Activity Groups

  • B’SIDE Community Group – a group for adults with disabilities on various topics: art, music, cooking, mindfulness, movement, life skills, games, creating community, and more.
    • Daily Monday-Friday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and 3:00-4:00 pm
  • TIPS (Transition, Independence, Purpose, and Socialization) – a group for young adults (ages 20-30) with disabilities on various topics: art, music, cooking, mindfulness, movement, life skills, games, creating community, and more.
    • Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 pm.
  • Teen Network Community Group – a group for teens and young adults (14+) with disabilities on various topics: art, music, mindfulness, movement, life skills, games, creating community, and more.
    • Every other Sunday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Youth Connections – a group for 8-13-year-old children to enhance social skills through art making and social experiences.
    • Group will provide a safe space for positive self-expression and socialization with peers
    • Group will primarily use the medium of art but will incorporate cooking and mindfulness skills as well.
    • Group will encourage positive sense of self and help participants to increase self-esteem.
    • Participants will enhance social skills such as, turn taking, listening, compromising and problem-solving.
    • Weekly
  • Caregiver/Family Support Group
    • A virtual support group for caregivers and family members of adolescents and adults with disabilities.
    • Weekly

For more information on all group supports and to schedule a required initial assessment, please call our Care Navigation Line at 866.JFCS.NOW (866.532.7669), weekdays 9am – 5pm.

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF COUNSELING

  • Telemental Health Counseling Sessions
    • Individual virtual counseling sessions with a licensed clinical social worker.
  • Art Therapy
    • One-on-one integrated virtual art therapy sessions with a licensed art therapist.

For more information on counseling services and to schedule a required initial assessment, please call our Care Navigation Line at 866.JFCS.NOW (866.532.7669), weekdays 9am – 5pm.

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF CARE MANAGEMENT AND/OR FINANCIAL SUPPORTS

  • Individual virtual sessions with a licensed social worker or financial empowerment expert.
  • Customized assistance with navigating the public process and policies, accessing benefits, budgeting and managing finances, food and financial assistance, and enhancing life skills to achieve independence and quality of life.

For more information on care management and financial supports and to schedule a required initial assessment, please call our Care Navigation Line at 866.JFCS.NOW (866.532.7669), weekdays 9am – 5pm.

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF EMERGENCY SUPPORTS

  • For Food Emergency Needs
    • Call our Care Navigation line at 866.JFCS.NOW (866.532.7669), weekdays 9am – 8pm.
  • For Clothing Assistance
    • Our Closet is creating customized emergency clothing packages for clients with urgent need and delivering these packages directly to these clients across the Greater Philadelphia region. If you or a client is in urgent need of clothing, please contact Our Closet’s Program Coordinator Ricki Eisenstein at ricki@ourclosetpa.org or call the Our Closet phone line at 267-256-2179

UPCOMING EVENTS

Crip Camp Movie Screening
July 16th at 6:00pm

Movie screening for the film Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution begins in 1971 at Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp in the Catskills of NY designed for teens with disabilities. Several campers’ experiences at this “loose, free-spirited camp” led them to
begin a grassroots disability rights movement forging the path toward greater equality and meaningful accessibility legislation.

The film is currently available on Netflix (www.netflix.com/title/81001496) but if you do not have Netflix or would like to screen the film together, please register below. Please know that streaming via Zoom does not allow for the best film quality so if you are able to view Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution on Netflix, we recommend that.

Click here to register

Crip Camp Film Discussion and Disability Rights Q&A
July 23rd at at 7:30pm

Join JFCS and Jewish Learning Venture for a FREE virtual event in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the ADA (Americans Disability Act of 1990) and Disability Pride Philadelphia. We will be discussing the documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution and the disability rights movement via a Q&A with disability rights activist Judith Heumann and film co-directors James Lebrecht, and Nicole Newnham.

For more information or to register, go to www.jfcsphilly.org/cripcamp.

For more information or questions contact Rivka Goldman at Rivka Goldman at 267-256-2250 or rgoldman@jfcsphilly.org .

Information and Resources

Minimizing Relationship Tension at Home During COVID-10 Crisis
University of Houston

The other coronavirus ‘front line’: At home with special needs children
ABC News

Special education during coronavirus: What should parents tolerate, demand?
WHYY

 


For support during this time, please call our Care Navigation line at 866.JFCS.NOW (866.532.7669)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number is 800.273.8255.


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