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.


2015 Mid-Hudson Regional NYS Families Advocacy Training

Jawonio NYS Advocacy Training
Calling All Families, Caregivers and Advocates!! On Monday, February 23rd, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at the Jawonio New City Campus located at 260 N Little Tor Road, New City, NY, there will be a 2015 Mid Hudson Regional NYS Families Advocacy Training Day.

Experts from the Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS will be leading this important advocacy, messaging and “how to” session in Rockland County. With an agenda that includes the themes of EDUCATION, ENGAGEMENT, and EMPOWERMENT– FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS of children and adults with special needs will have the opportunity to learn from the experts via the Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS who will be leading this important advocacy, messaging and “Government 101″ session.

Of special importance to new families, either entering or facing critical care coordination, there will be key information as to the “how to’s” of navigating through and “understanding the language” of this new era of health care delivery in a managed care environment. Please make every effort to attend, share on Social Media including Facebook & Twitter, as well as emailing your networks.

For more information click here or contact Diana Hess, CCO at 845-708-2022 or via email at Diana.Hess@Jawonio.org

Volunteer New York! Visits Jawonio

Jawonio Volunteer New YorkToday, Volunteer New York!, the leading Westchester and Mid-Hudson Valley volunteer connector agency, commemorates their 65th birthday with a celebration that includes multiple generations of nonprofits and volunteers, local business and community leaders, politicians, media and celebrities, and noted supporters.

Earlier this morning, Elena DeForest, from Volunteer New York!, visited Jawonio in celebration of their 65th Anniversary! She joined our CEO, Jill Warner, our Volunteer Coordinator, Dana Ferraro and our Foundation volunteer, Rachel Rosenthal for a picture with their gift to us, a beautiful cupcake donated by Lulu’s Cake Boutique of Scarsdale.

Some may ask, “How can volunteering be beneficial to you and your community?” When working with agencies like Volunteer New York! you are inspired to help others who are in need. Last year, Volunteer New York! inspired over 15,000 people to volunteer over 240,000 hours! Aside from the numerous amounts of people they have inspired, they are also known for partnering with over 600 non-profits in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam to help increase the number of volunteers.

Thank you Volunteer New York! for all the amazing work you do and for celebrating your 65th year with us!

For more information on how to get involved please visit: http://www.volunteernewyork.org

Architect RFP Jawonio 2020

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Jawonio has received a Consolidated Funding Application Award from Governor Andrew Cuomo through the NYS Economic Development Corporation for an initial $2.5 million dollars of funding that will permit the construction of a totally revitalized state-of-the art campus benefitting people with special needs as well as the economic development of the Mid-Hudson region including Rockland, Westchester and Orange Counties.

Location: Town of Clarkstown, Rockland County NY, 260 N. Little Tor Road, New City, NY

Centralized Case Management: We will be offering a single point of entry service with coordinated care for the entire family

Employment Operations: Evaluation, vocational, pre-vocational and job training programs for people with special needs and veterans.

Social Enterprise Expansion: Jawonio is in the process of expanding opportunities throughout the region for our cleaning company as well as our document management solutiions, as well as other future microbusinesses.

Expansion of Current Health Center: To provide integrated health care services to the entire community. The Health Center to offer a holistic model of care encompassing diagnostic, primary care, behavioral health and wellness services.


Environmental Stewardship: This project will provide fully updated landscaping in a LEED Certified building that enhances the look and feel of the surrounding area.

Community Access: We will be serving the entire community in a sensitive, warm and welcoming space providing “one stop shopping” in a wellness-based integrated behavioral and primary health care setting.

An Engine of Economic Development, Job Creation and Training: Increased access to job skills, training and competitive employment opportunities for all people with special needs and behavioral health management challenges, including veterans, and the underemployed.

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HBO To Air Autism Documentary

A group of teens and young adults from Columbus, Ohio with developmental disabilities spend months preparing to tackle their social anxieties surrounding a high school dance. HBO presents the documentary called “How to Dance in Ohio” which will air later this year on the cable network following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The 88-minute film follows individuals with Autism as they spend 12 weeks working on their social skills with help from a psychologist. The individuals learn how to overcome their biggest fears as they pick dates and dresses for the big night.

“This is a film not only for the many whose lives are touched in some way by autism, but also for anyone who can relate to the fraught experience of growing up and trying to understand adulthood,” said director Alexandra Shiva.

Stay tuned for more information and to find out what measures were taken in order for these individuals to overcome their fears.