Local organizations partner for developmental disabilities conference

Local organizations partner for developmental disabilities conference

J-ADD, Ohel, and the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly are organizing a conference on New Jersey services for the developmentally disabled on Sunday, February 15, at the JCC. The conference, held in the middle of Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, will address the critical needs facing many families with people with disabilities, including housing, Medicaid/entitlements, advocacy, employment, and planning for adulthood.

State Senator Loretta Weinberg of Teaneck will open the conference; Elizabeth M. Shea, assistant commissioner of the Division of Developmental Disabilities, will give the keynote address; and Gail Levinson, the executive director of Supportive Housing Association, and Tom Toronto, president of the United Way of Bergen County, will join for a panel discussion.

Many local community organizations, including JFS Clifton-Passaic, Bergen County YJCC, JFS of North Jersey and JFS of Bergen & North Hudson, and Sinai, also will participate. Other organizations are welcome as well. For information, email SShapiro@J-Add.org.

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is at 411 E. Clinton Ave. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program runs from 9 a.m. to noon. To register, call (201) 692-3972 or go to ohelfamily.org.

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