Job Fair and Information Session

Attention Job Seekers Start Your New Career at Jawonio!

Jawonio Inc, will be hosting a Career Fair at the Quisqueya Sports Club, located at 25 Broadway in Haverstraw, NY, on April 17, 2015 from 6:00 PM -9:00 PM.

This event is open to the public, all are welcome to come learn about Jawonio and our current career opportunities.

For more information or to apply visit us online at

Benefits & Perks:

* Full-Time, Part-Time and Per Diem Positions available
* Health, Dental and vision coverage
* Education Assistance Programs
* Paid Time Off
* 403b Retirement Plan

Build a Brighter Future…For people with special needs and for yourself!
260 N. Little Tor Road, New City, NY 8457082000

April is Autism Awareness Month

Sourced from Kerry A. Delaney, Acting Commissioner, OPWDD

April is Autism Awareness Month and New York is joining the rest of the country in recognizing the unique talents and contributions of individuals with Autism. Yesterday, April 2, we celebrated World Autism Awareness Day! I encourage you to participate on social media by posting a photo or sentence about how you are “lighting it up blue” and don’t forget to tag your post with #LIUB and #OPWDD.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting 1 in 68 children in the United States and is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. Individuals diagnosed with ASD have great potential for achievement in many areas, including the arts!

Two great examples of individuals who have been diagnosed with ASD are Adrian Esposito, a young filmmaker with several films under his belt, and Jeremiah Iheoma, a 5th Grader who has written a children’s book called “My Super Life with Autism” about the abilities he has that he considers “super powers.” Jeremiah’s story is highlighted on page 4 of the Spring edition of the OPWDD’s quarterly People First News newsletter.

Each individual’s needs and goals at OPWDD are monitored and addressed through a person-centered planning process which enables individuals to live, work, and participate in the community in a respectful and independent way. By doing so empowers all individuals with ASD to utilize their own talents and abilities.

Several scientific studies are currently being observed to help people better understand ASD at the genetic level, as well as to provide early detection in an effort to provide needed supports as early as possible.Some of these initiatives include:

  • Identifying a gene that predicts the severity of ASD
  • Studying the relationship between Fragile X Syndrome and ASD
  • Developing the Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Behavior Inventory (PDD-BI)
  • Conducting a school-based program that provides individualized functional behavioral assessment and intervention for challenging behaviors
  • Studying the possible role of excessive folic acid supplementation on Autism

Check out the Autism Platform to see the ongoing commitment required to prepare our service system for the needs of people diagnosed with ASD.

Meet Brandon Kline: An Early Intervention Story

Brandon Kline

Brandon was born 12 weeks premature at just 3 lbs. and spent 9 weeks in the hospital.  At 15 months, he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

In addition to receiving Early Intervention services at Jawonio from the age of two, Brandon has also enjoyed many summers with the Jawonio summer education program and has been involved in the talent show every year. In addition to the wonderful services he has received from the programs at Jawonio, he also met his best friend Chris at Jawonio’s Infant Development Program when they were two, and they are still very close today!

Jawonio has been and still continues to be an important part of Brandon’s life. Starting from Early Intervention and continuing through today, Jawonio has helped Brandon become independent and strong.

Brandon is currently a junior at Pearl River High School and is an honor student. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Language Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society.

In his spare time, he is an active member of the Boys Scouts and is currently working towards becoming an Eagle Scout! His project will benefit Jawonio, as he is creating a new lending system for the equipment clinic.

Brandon has received many volunteerism awards – and recently received a 4th place award in a Science Olympiad Competition. He currently holds a purple belt in Karate and is working towards his black belt.  He plans to attend college next year, pursuing a degree in computer science.

“We attribute so much of Brandon’s achievement to Jerry Staller and the tireless work he has done for our family. The reason Brandon is walking today is because of Early Intervention at Jawonio. Brandon has blossomed into a bright, hard-working young man. Jerry gave us the guidance to seek out intervention, directed us to the right people, and walked with us every step of the way,” said Brandon’s parents, Margaret and Gregory Kline.

Pictured above is Brandon Kline and Jerry Staller, Division Director of Education & Clinical Services at Jawonio. On the left is an image from 2004 and displayed on the right is a picture from 2015. For the past 15 years, Brandon and Jerry have worked together to help strengthen Brandon not only physically, but mentally as well.

“Brandon is a challenge in the best possible way. He is self-motivated, trusting and determined. He forces me to raise my skills up because he works so hard to be better. He is fun to treat, is funny, competitive and can tolerate a lot! I respect his strong work ethic and commitment to therapy and improving. His parents are forward thinking in their care for Brandon and have provided him the best options. The past four years have been significant in Brandon’s treatment. We are focused on making him as independent as possible. We’re preparing him for college, independent living and self-sufficiency. We want him to have high self-esteem and the necessary daily and social skills to succeed in life. Brandon is emerging as a self-reliant, well-rounded young man,” says Jerry Staller.

The bond that has formed between Jerry and Brandon is not one easily found at other organizations. The people at Jawonio strive to better their programs and services, making them the premiere provider of lifespan services for people with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and chronic medical needs.

Jawonio honors Brandon and the Kline Family at the 8th Annual Kidz Express event on Thursday, April 30, from 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM, at the Paramount Country Club in New City. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities for our Jawonio Kidz Express fundraiser, visit

To learn how you can help support and strengthen our Early Intervention program, please visit


Jawonio Foundation Launches Second Early Intervention Cause Campaign

For Special Needs Infants, Toddlers and their Families.

March 24, 2015 – (New City, NY) Jawonio, the premiere provider of lifespan health care services located in New City, New York has launched a second cause campaign in support of its youngest and most vulnerable children, ages birth to three years of age and their families.

Jawonio completed the first phase of its early intervention fundraising campaign in January 2015, raising more than $107,000 in charitable contributions over a two and a half month period.

Early Intervention services at Jawonio have not received a rate increase in New York State in more than twenty years; therefore, the program operates at a deficit each and every year. If we don’t help children in their earliest years, what will happen to them later in life?

Jawonio kicks off its second campaign on March 24, 2015. Donors may also raise funds on behalf of Jawonio or create fundraising teams using their social media networks.

Brandon Kline is one of the thousands of children who have come through the doors of our Infant Development program. Now seventeen, he is an honors student at Pearl River High School, in Orangetown, NY. Brandon has been with Jawonio since he was a toddler. He is a graduate of the Jawonio Special Education Pre-School and for the past twelve years has been a student in our Jawonio Summer Education Program. You can read Brandon’s story at

Brandon was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and his parents, Margaret and Greg Kline, credit Jerry Staller, his physical therapist and Jawonio Education and Clinical Director, with his success.

“The reason Brandon is walking today is because of Early Intervention at Jawonio. Brandon has blossomed into a bright, hard-working young man. Jerry gave us the guidance to seek out early intervention, directed us to the right people and walked with us every step of the way,” said Margaret and Greg Kline.

The Kline Family will be the 2015 honorees at the 8th Annual Jawonio Kidz Express fundraiser benefitting Early Intervention Services. The event takes place on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Paramount Country Club in New City, New York. Tickets are $45.00 per person, and there will be a 100 prize Tricky Tray, featuring sports, travel, wellness, beauty and food baskets as well as a trip to NYC offered as a raffle prize.

Jawonio Early Intervention offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy as well as psychology services and developmental groups. Home and site-based services including private-pay options are also available.

Joan Maurer, Director of the Infant Development Program says, “Early Intervention is about the child and the family. When a family comes to us wondering what will happen to their child, we give them hope in the darkest of times. We always tell families that they are the most important person in a child’s life, and whatever their disability or need, we will work together to make sure their child has the best possible future.”


Jawonio is a provider of EI services in Rockland County under the direction of the NYS Department of Health. To find out more about Jawonio Early Intervention, please contact Joan Maurer, Program Director at 845.708.2000 x4315.
Please visit us at or call 845.708.2000 to find out how you can support the work of the Jawonio Foundation in support of children and adults and their families with special needs.
MEDIA CONTACT: Diana Hess, CCO, Jawonio Office: 845.708.2022 or mobile: 845.521.5352

New Chairwoman of The Jawonio Inc. 2015 Board of Directors

Board Installation
On Monday, March 16th, Madelon Berger was installed as the new Chairwoman of the Jawonio Inc. 2015 Board of Directors. Here she is pictured at the installation with Jill Warner, CEO and Justice William Warren, RC Family Court Judge.

We welcome Madelon, who comes to us with a distinguished and varied background. She graduated Cum Laude from Washington University. She received her Masters of Art from NYU and her Masters of Public Health from Columbia University.

She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has various certifications in Healthcare. She has received many awards in her field, has published articles and has given many presentations at various Physician’s Expos.

Madelon Berger began her service to Jawonio in 1998 with an appointment to the Vocational Services Committee of the Board. She has served as Vice-Chair and a member of the Executive Committee since 2011.

Her service to Jawonio also includes:

• Vice-Chair, Residential Opportunities Board
• Chair, Governance Committee
• Member, Finance & Building Committees
• Member, Golf & Gala Committees

“It has been an honor to be a board member and part of the Jawonio family over the past 17 years. I look forward to this new position as Jill, her team, and the board continue working together so Jawonio can grow and thrive throughout these challenging times,” says Berger.