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 www.jawonio.org/kidz.

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 www.jawonio.org 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 Diana.hess@Jawonio.org 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.

Celebrate National Professional Social Work Month

2015 marks a special year for the social work community and March is a very important month! Aside from recognizing Developmental Disabilities Awareness this month, we also celebrate and recognize social workers across the country.

While the nation commemorates National Social Work Month, the National Association of Social Workers will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2015.

The official theme for National Professional Social Work Month 2015 is “Social Work Paves the Way for Change.” This month gives us the opportunity to highlight the important contributions social workers make in society each and every day.

This year’s theme was chosen to educate the public about how social workers and the association have brought about major positive social changes, improved the lives of individuals and families, and will continue to do so in the future.

Social workers are known to recognize the importance of change within their communities. They address persistent social problems such as poverty, lack of education and health care – including behavioral health challenges. Their role also includes prevention of discrimination based on gender, race, sexuality and income. They are instrumental in creating positive change that helps benefit both individuals and society as a whole.

National Social Work Month allows social workers to celebrate their profession – and allows society to recognize the life-changing work they do. Are you interested in participating in National Social Work Month? Learn more at www.socialworkers.org.

Developmental Disabilities Month

Developmental Disabilities MonthIn 1987 President Ronald Reagan declared March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. For the past 28 years families, volunteers around the nation and self-advocates have helped to bring awareness to the month of March by improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Here at Jawonio we recognize and acknowledge the challenges and obstacles that people with developmental disabilities undergo. We provide job placement support, as well as interview and resume preparation services. Once a job is secured, Jawonio staff provides intensive job coaching services, on and off the job site, to assist in the transition period.

For the past 68 years, Jawonio has provided assistance for people with Developmental Disabilities with the goal of helping them live and work successfully in the community independently. These individuals work diligently each and every day to strive for success. Some choose to pursue higher education, while others work towards making new connections, both personally and professionally.

Jawonio continues to provide person-centered planning and quality integrated services for people with not only development disabilities, but behavioral challenges and co-occurring medical conditions.
For more information on job placement and support services please visit here. We hope you will join us this month as we celebrate the lives of people with Developmental Disabilities!

Jawonio’s Employment & Vocational Services Improving Lives

Jawonio has provided employment and vocational services to those with disabilities for decades. Providing support every step of the way through intensive job training and coaching on and off site to help make a smooth transition, as well as through advocacy, and job site crisis intervention.

We help individuals develop their skills based on their interests and abilities, allowing them to find joy and worth in the work place. These opportunities help provide great learning experiences that can help individuals overcome some of their day to day challenges or disabilities.

Through working together in partnership with employers and businesses in our community, we can continue to provide positive and life changing experiences to many.

We applaud and thank M&T Bank for its support of those with special needs and sharing this message with thousands in their current campaign. We agree that “independence is important and compassion is important.“ In the video below, we can see how rewarding experiences in the work place can be for someone with disabilities, helping us understand the importance of these programs and services.

To learn more about Jawonio’s employment/vocational services or how your business can get involved click here.