Individuals on the autism spectrum and their families have special needs that last their whole lives. UJA-Federation of New York and our network of nonprofits offer resources at any life stage.
Support and Services for Families
Since limited resources exist for families affected by autism, UJA makes targeted grants to create new initiatives and expand on existing services within the Jewish community.
We've funded the development of initiatives that help these families in all five boroughs, Westchester, and Long Island.
These initiatives address social-skills groups, after-school programming, vocational training, job placement, Jewish enrichment, recreation, case management, clinical services, respite services, and staff trainings.
We support programs that address the following issues:
- Transition to independence. Services that enhance vocational and independent living skills and provide meaningful social opportunities to young adults with autism and other special needs.
- Inclusion efforts in New York, Israel, and the former Soviet Union. Within New York, we have a specific initiative to enhance inclusion in synagogues.
- Youth and families. This includes “Sunday Funday” programs that offer social-skills groups, recreational activities, and Jewish enrichment for children with autism, as well as family programming and parent and sibling support groups.
- Professional training in the disabilities field. Our training efforts also include training teens and new community leaders to work with children with disabilities who our network of nonprofits serves.
- Convening monthly meetings of the Task Force on People with Disabilities. This brings together professionals from our network of nonprofits and other organizations to brainstorm new solutions and learn about key updates in government funding and program guidelines.
Events and Activities
- An annual UJA-Federation Hilibrand Autism Symposium, where parents, professionals, advocates, and other interested community members learn about the latest research and innovative program models addressing the most compelling needs individuals with autism face as they age into adulthood.
- Staff training and agency consultation related to socialization and sibling support from The Mount Sinai Medical Center's Seaver and New York Autism Center of Excellence.
- Annual Youth Workers Conference, where teens who work with kids with disabilities hear about best practices from leading professionals in the field and meet peers throughout the New York area.
We’re committed to providing continued and expanded support for programs assisting families affected by autism. Contact J11 at 877.852.6951 or , or check out our People With Disabilities Directory.