UJA-Federation of New York

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Many people with physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities feel alienated from their communities, complicating an already challenging life. Sometimes, the entire family feels marginalized. We open the doors to acceptance and inclusion.

Many People Are Living With Disabilities

  • In New York State, there are close to 1.4 million people ages five and older with physical disabilities, and 342,000 people with developmental disabilities.
  • 8,000 Jews in New York are diagnosed with autism.
  • More than 22,000 New Yorkers are responsible for caring for a child or adult with autism.

UJA-Federation’s Response

We provide vital support to our network of beneficiary agencies and grantees that serve children and adults with developmental, behavioral, and physical disabilities.

Last year, our collective impact provided:

  • Support for 8,700 clients with autism and their families, including recreational, social, and therapeutic opportunities, respite care, advocacy, public education, and a paid internship program.
  • Advocacy to secure $1.25 million in city funding for autism services, including $500,000 for UJA-Federation’s beneficiary agencies
  • The opportunity for 58 synagogues throughout Manhattan, Westchester, and Long Island to take part in the Shabbat of Inclusion, welcoming those with disabilities and their families. 
  • Grants to eight synagogues in the New York metropolitan area to help them create more inclusive atmospheres and programming for people with disabilities. The grants supported increased wheelchair accessibility, sign language interpreters, specially designed interactive prayerbooks, assisted listening devices, adult bnei mitzvah coaching, and much more.

To find help or learn more about our network’s programs and services for people with disabilities, please contact our J•1•1 Information and Referral Service at 877.852.6951 or .

Your donation does so much for so many.

Every dollar you give counts for people with disabilities.

  • $850 can pay for one week of day camp for a child with disabilities.
  • $500 can pay for 13 sessions of swim instruction for a child with disabilities.
  • $450 can pay for 14 sessions of a social skills group for a child with disabilities.
  • $110 can pay for a six-month inclusion basketball program.
  • $30 for a half-hour session of art therapy.
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