Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh

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Special Needs

One of ten American families has a member with a physical or developmental disability. That disability affects every other member of the family.

If your family faces this challenge, Jewish Family & Children's Service can help. Through our Special Needs Services, you'll have one-on-one access to an experienced, compassionate advocate who can help you navigate the legal, medical and educational systems that can be overwhelming to confront alone.

From physical disabilities that impair mobility, to behavioral issues related to ADHD and developmental disorders like autism, each disability presents its own set of challenges unique to you and your family. At Special Needs Services, we provide resources for dealing with various diagnoses.

We work with families to ensure that children, teens and adults with special needs receive access to all benefits, services and programs to which they are entitled. We offer information and referral services, counseling and support groups, advocacy, community outreach programming and more.

Publications like Connections, a seasonal newsletter offering information for a Jewish community that includes individuals with disabilities and special needs, present valuable news, interviews and upcoming events. Click here to read the latest edition.

Information and Referral

We provide support and practical assistance and guide you through the process of connecting with a wide range of resources.

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Advocacy & Community Education

It is our goal to advance the quality of life, dignity, equality, self-determination and freedom of choice of persons with disabilities. We will work with you to ensure that you have access to activities, services and benefits to which you are entitled. And we work with community-based organizations to inspire understanding, inclusion and change.

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Counseling & Support Groups

To help alleviate anxiety and empower you to take control, we offer individualized counseling and support group services.

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Contact Us

We're here to help. Call412.422.7200

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Volunteer opportunities at JF&CS
Help older adults remain active and independent in our community, stock shelves and help clients shop at the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry, practice English with refugees and more! Connect with your volunteer passion at JF&CS.
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TAKE ACTION: Guidance for conversations about refugees & immigrants
When talking with fellow community members, these talking points can help guide conversations about JF&CS’s work with refugees and legal immigrants in our region.
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TAKE ACTION: Donate now to support refugees and immigrants!
Your dollars directly help us provide support, services and resources for refugees and legal immigrants in our region. Your financial contributions are needed now more than ever.
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Take a look at our latest Annual Report!
The JF&CS 2015-2016 Annual Report tells you all about what we've been up to, complete with client stories, facts and figures, and more!
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