Lifespan Services For People With Special Needs


From September 7th through the 14th, Jawonio will join with many of our sister agencies around the region and our country to recognize a significant segment of our workforce during National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week.

As a Direct Support Professional, you offer a wide range of quality and compassionate services on a daily basis so that individuals with special needs can live, work and play throughout the communities we serve. Most importantly, your role supports each individual’s right to be included as full and equal members of our society. Every Direct Support Professional has the ability everyday to make a positive contribution to the people who come to us for services –and You Do!

Out of respect for your work and profession, I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize you for the immeasurable difference you make each and every day in the lives of people in your care.

Therefore, on behalf of our board of directors, and all of us at Jawonio, thank you for your dedication and commitment to our most vulnerable citizens and for the vital work you do.


Jill A. Warner, LCSW

Executive Director/CEO

Jawonio is the premiere provider of lifespan services in New York’s Hudson Valley for people with developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges and chronic medical needs.

For over 60 years, Jawonio has provided support and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and special needs throughout Rockland County, New York (NY), Westchester County, New York (NY) and Northern New Jersey (NJ). We invite you to explore our website and learn more about Jawonio’s unique ability to provide you and your family with answers to your questions, solutions for your loved one with special needs and most importantly, opportunities to foster growth and independence. After all, “Jawonio” means independence, and we’re proud to have helped facilitate just that in the people we serve.

How Can Jawonio Help?

What Jawonio Means to Me

Jane Smith

Kayla Jawonio Headshot

I adopted Kayla on February 15th, 1991. As an infant with Down Syndrome, she began receiving services through Jawonio Early Intervention. Fast forward to today, Kayla has graduated from North Rockland High School and I am so proud to be her mom. Jawonio is pretty special to us, it’s an amazing place.

- Kayla’s Mom, Bonnie Soalt