Gardening Day of Caring at Altman House

Day of Care
Jawonio has been awarded a $1,393.00 grant by the Rockland Alliance for Health for a sustainable, adaptable garden project.

The funds will cover expenses of the purchase of wood, construction materials, soil and planting supplies for raised garden beds at Altman Court residence. The garden will consist of a variety of herbs and vegetables to be used by our consumers.

Annie Christian Reuter, Outreach Coordinator and Horticultural Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, and a few master gardeners participated in a “Day of Caring” yesterday, June 30, to help set up the garden.

Volunteers from the Orangetown Jewish Center also participated and helped set up the garden, and will continue to help maintain the garden as well.

This project is part of an ongoing effort to promote health and wellness throughout the Jawonio community. We thank the Rockland Alliance for Health for the grant and hope to do more projects like this in the future.

Jawonio Thrift Shop

Jawonio Shop
Below you will find general information and questions about the Jawonio Thrift Shop located in Yonkers, NY. For more information about the thrift shop please contact Esther White at 914-963-8666 ext. 311


The opening of the Jawonio Thrift Shop offers an opportunity for people with disabilities to develop job readiness skills in a retail environment while providing much needed clothing, shoes, handbags and house ware/giftware at very affordable prices to the Yonkers community.


The thrift shop provides social interaction with the community. Working in a business environment provides them with an opportunity to develop their customer service skills along with the following:

  • Merchandising
  • Stocking
  • Hanging Clothes
  • Pricing and tagging clothes
  • Greeting Customers
  • Bagging
  • Selling


Tuesday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


303 N. Main St. Yonkers, NY 10701


Donations to the thrift have slowed down. The shop looks full, but it needs to be maintained with new merchandise all the time. We have several regulars that will buy product when there is something new.

Cameron Martel Receives Eagle Scout Award

Jerry Staller
On Saturday, June 20, at 11:00 AM, Troop 21 of Suffern, NY, held a ceremony to honor Cameron Martel on his Eagle Scout award. The Eagle Scout award is the highest award you can receive in Boy Scouts. We have been following Cameron for over two years as he planned and executed his Eagle Service Project to benefit Jawonio.

Cameron wrote in the program of the ceremony: “I chose to provide an Eagle Service Project to benefit the children’s services of Jawonio (an outstanding provider of support and services for people of all ages with developmental disabilities, mental illness and chronic health needs) because the speech and hearing services I received from their dedicated professionals in my elementary years made an incredible difference in my life.”

Jerry Staller was there to congratulate him and present to him a certificate of appreciation for the hard work and dedication he portrayed as he designed and builit a sandbox and sand table for the children of the Summer Education program. This play area will stand as a symbol of both Cameron’s hard work and desire to give back for years to come.

From Jawonio to Broadway

Timothy Yang
Timothy Yang, a Jawonio Preschool graduate, is now on Broadway in The King and I that won a Tony for Best Revival.

“Timothy went to Jawonio Preschool for 2 years and during those 2 years, Bonnie and the rest of the teachers at Jawonio helped Timothy preserve and develop his creativity and innovation. The programs at Jawonio definitely helped Timothy with ample preparation and smooth transition into his current Elementary school. The developmental skills and self discipline he learned at Jawonio definitely contributed Timothy’s landing a role at The King and I on Broadway,” said his father, Bruce Yang.

Timothy and some of his K&I casts had the joy and honor to to perform and sing on the stage of Tony Award in the Radio City Music Hall last Sunday, June 7, broadcast via CBS. Bonnie may still be able to recognize him. In the first clip, he was the small kid sitting next to a big kid on the center left of the screen at the beginning.

Then at the end, the nominated shows’ performing casts all came out and sang In Memoriam with Josh Graban. You can see Timothy line up with the rest of the Broadway singers on the lower left of the screen behind the piano.

It was such a great honor for Timothy to be performing and singing on the stage of Tony Award.

This following clip has more clearer feature of Timothy when Anna and the Royal Children went on Live with Kelly and Michael a few weeks ago. Timothy was the third child sitting on the floor from the right of the screen. And Ana, played by Kelly Ohara, shook Timothy’s hand before the kids got up to run and sing around her.

Top Mobile Apps For Children With Developmental Disabilities

Disabilities Apps For Children
For the past several years technology has been such a useful tool for children with developmental disabilities. Devices, such as the iPad or tablet, help enable children to acquire life skills, engage in self-directed play, and enhance their communication skills.

To make it easier on the parent, we recommend starting off with identifying your child’s needs and capabilities. Answering those two questions will help narrow down your app selection when deciding which one is most appropriate.

Many apps that are currently on the market offer a “lite” version that provides basic functions and allows the user to test out the app before purchasing it.
Below is a list of recommended apps for children with Developmental Disabilities:

Best Language Apps –

1. Speech with Milo: Verbs - Milo is an animated mouse that performs over 100 actions such as ‘bounce,’ ‘count,’ and ‘play’. Great for infants, toddlers and children with language delays.

2. Splingo’s Language Universe - Children practice their listening and language skills by interacting with the images and animation on the screen to follow Splingo the alien’s spoken instructions.

Best Early Learning Apps –

1. Injini: Child Development Game Suite – Play-based learning exercises and games that are well suited for children with cognitive, language and fine motor delays. Originally designed for and tested by children with autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome as well as typically developing preschoolers.

2. Bugs and Buttons - Teaches counting, path finding, patterns, sorting and tracking as well as fine motor skills such as pinching.

Best App for Self-directed Play –

1. Toca Hair Salon – Toca Hair Salon features six different characters with lifelike hair that kids can cut, color, comb and style. The characters make fun faces and sounds while being groomed.

Best Assistive Communication Apps (for nonspeaking children) –

1. ProloQuo2Go - Full-featured augmentative and alternative communication solution for children who have difficulty speaking. Provides natural sounding text-to-speech voices.

2. TalkTablet – This app is targeted for people unable to communicate clearly as a result of Autism, Aphasia, Down Syndrome, Stroke or Laryngectomy.

Best Visual Schedules Apps

1. ChoiceWorks - Helps children complete daily routines, understand and control their feelings and cultivate a higher threshold for patience (e.g., taking turns and not interrupting). Also helps to promote positive behavior and emotional regulation.

2. Visual Routine – Build visual schedules with pictures, words, or a combination of the two. Helps children with developmental delays anticipate and better prepare for transitions.