We provide care for over 10000 people with special needs each year.

Mission and Vision

Jawonio is a registered 501c3 organization and the premiere provider of lifespan services in the Hudson Valley of New York State for individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and chronic medical conditions.

Jawonio is dedicated to advancing the independence, well-being and Equality of people with disabilities and special needs.

What does Jawonio Mean?

Jawonio is a Native American word that means “Independence”. We help children and adults reach their fullest personal potential and support them to be as independent as possible, beginning at a very early age.

Core Values

We are comitted to serving the changing needs of individuals and the greater community by upholding the following values:

Honesty and Integrity

We communicate in an open and ethical manner.


We respect diversity and encourage collaboration.

Compassion and Respect

We are dedicated to the dignity and value of all people.

Positive Attitude

We bring a positive attitude to work each day and create a positive environment.


September 20, 2018

DSP Week Celebration – Spotlight Profile – Kadian Gillis

Kadian Gillis – DSP, Yonkers Day Program Jawonio celebrated its DSP staff last week, September 9-16, by hosting DSP Luncheons, collecting thank you notes from consumers […]
September 17, 2018

DSP Celebration Week – Spotlight Profile – Yolene Altidor

Meet Yolene Altidor, DSP – Cummings House Yolene has been working at Jawonio since 1997 at Cummings House. Before coming to Jawonio, she worked at another […]
September 16, 2018

DSP Celebration Week – Spotight Profile – Marlene Richez

Meet Marlene Richez, DSP at Paul J. Tendler Condos Marlene just had her 10 year anniversary working at Jawonio, having worked here since May of 2018. […]