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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SHCFP, Franktuary partner for “No Menu Monday” event at Bar Marco
Join the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry and Franktuary for dinner at Bar Marco for a “No Menu Monday” event on November 17th from 5-11 p.m. A portion of the evening’s meal proceeds will benefit SHCFP! This No Menu Monday event is open to the public and is not to be missed. Click the link to learn more. We hope to see you there!
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Career Development Center to hold holiday career fair with Macy’s, 11/19
The Career Development Center (CDC) of JF&CS will hold a career fair with Macy’s for adults throughout the region on Wednesday, November 19th from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the CDC offices in Squirrel Hill. Registration is required. Click the link for more info.
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Workplace inclusion the focus of upcoming presentation for individuals with special needs
Workplace inclusion is the topic of an upcoming program co-presented by JF&CS and Jewish Residential Services (JRS) as part of an educational series called AIM: Support for Families of Individuals with Special Needs. The presentation, “Inclusion in the Workplace: Employment Support for Individuals with Disabilities” will be held on Tuesday, November 18, from 6-8 p.m. at The Children’s Institute. The presentation is free and open to the community and includes a light kosher meal at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information or to register, email or call 412-325‐0039.
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Central Scholarship applications now open!
Central Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year. One application gives you access to multiple community scholarships! Click the link below for more information.
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JF&CS Awards & Recognitions
Learn more about the many awards, honors and recognitions of JF&CS over the years.
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JF&CS 2012-2013 Annual Report available online
Our 2012-2013 Annual Report covers our agency’s fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013. Click to read about our agency's highlights and successes in our online version.
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Designate JF&CS
If you participate in the United Way or CFC campaigns, you can designate all or part of your gift to us. Our United Way agency code is 76, CFC is 95226.
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