Clarkstown North Students Interview Jawonio Staff and Consumers

Brian Golden, Lior Zweig, & Natalie Mastalerz are sophomores at Clarkstown North Senior HS working on a project for their annual National History Day competition. The theme for this year’s competition is “Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange”.

As a person who is hearing impaired, education and utilization of American Sign Language (ASL) is fundamental to Brian. He and his friends believe in the importance of opening the window of deaf education to the hearing society.

They decided to create their project on the analysis of the revolutions throughout history in hearing impaired education, acceptance, and involvement of ASL from times of forced oralism to the full flourishing of hearing impaired culture and ASL. Through their project they also hope to help make others more aware of the past suffering of the hearing impaired in their plight to equality and education.

Earlier this month, Brian and Lior visited Jawonio because they felt that our knowledge and experience in the education of the hearing impaired provides viewpoints that would prove invaluable in their expose. They interviewed staff member Debbie and consumers Francis and Dennis.
The students really enjoyed their time with us and we were so happy to help. Best of luck to you all on your project!

Passing of the ABLE Act – January 2016

IMG_3578Today Senator David Carlucci and his Communications Director Justin Devendorf visited our Jawonio Tech building to visit some of our staff and consumers. Together we celebrated the passing of the ABLE act in New York State. Senator Carlucci was instrumental in getting this important legislation passed for individuals with disabilities.

The ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act is federal legislation that aims to ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses.

Julio Vargas, Jawonio Supervisor and Jill Warner, CEO said a few words at the event.

“Jawonio’s lifelong mission of achieving independence has finally come true with the establishment of the Able Act Law” – Julio Vargas

“We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate with Senator Carlucci today the passage of the Able Act. For too many years people with disabilities who could enter the workforce or save money were limited due to an income/savings restriction to access benefits. This legislation removes this barrier and is a giant step forward in the effort for full inclusion of people with special needs into our society.” – Jill Warner

The passing of the ABLE act will have a tremendous impact on the families we serve here at Jawonio and we are so thankful for Senator Carlucci’s support and hard work in the community.

Thank You to All of the Donors in Our End of Year Appeal!

A huge thank you goes out to all those that participated in our End of Year Appeal. Thanks to your generosity and nearly 300 donations, we surpassed our goal and raised over $52,000! We could not have done it without the amazing Salmon Family (Dan, Ellie, Scott, Karen, Lisa and Roselle) as well as our top gift givers Helayne & Paul Stoopack, Jill & Jeffrey Degen and Annmarie & Robert Uhl.

Here is a message from the Salmons:

A few weeks ago we appealed to you to support Jawonio during their annual Holiday Appeal. A very aggressive goal of $50,000 was set and the work began. Letters and emails were sent and phone calls were made. We are happy to say that you have helped make the 2015 Jawonio Holiday Appeal the most successful in their history. Your contributions and notes that came with them are very touching and heartwarming. The generosity exhibited by hundreds of people is truly amazing.

It was our pleasure to share our story with the community, our friends and relatives and to see your response. You know how important this organization has been to us and many others that it has helped since 1947. It is imperative in this time of diminishing government support that we step up and make sure we remember the words of Arthur Ashe, ” The Greatest Joy in Life Comes from Helping Others”.

Thank you for being a part of this successful campaign. Happy, healthy new year to all.

– Dan, Ellie and Scott Salmon

From our Jawonio family to yours, we extend our most heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you. Please click here to see all of you acknowledged.

Thank You To Our 2015 Donors!

We would like to thank everyone that contributed to The Jawonio Foundation in 2015. Your generous donations helped our events and appeals surpass their goals. Our success could not be possible without all your support.

Click here here to see a listing of all our wonderful friends that helped make 2015 a very special year! We look forward to continued success in 2016 and appreciate all that you do for Jawonio.

The 12th Anniversary of Jawonio’s Loaner Closet

Did you know that Jawonio has a loaner closet that meets the needs of a diverse community. This unique service supports the community when they need it most. The Jawonio Loan Program provides families and individuals with access to equipment such as wheelchairs, strollers, bath/shower chairs, walkers, canes, commodes, and orthotic equipment.

Thanks to the Slater Jett Meyers Foundation for their donation 12 years ago today to begin operation of the loaner clinic. Brandon Kline of Pearl River NY is completing his Eagle Scout and updating our loaner closet by building shelves, and creating a new bar code system to help Jawonio efficiently monitor new inventory and maintenance of equipment system.

An improved loan facility will be part of the new Jawonio2020 campus in New City, NY. We are proud and grateful to partner with the County of Rockland Department of Health in providing this unique program as part of our Early intervention Services.