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J-ADD, OHEL, and Kaplen JCC Organize Developmental Disabilities Conference This Sunday

Tenafly—The entire community is invited to the JCC on the Palisades to attend a conference on navigating the changing systems of Developmental Disabilities on Sunday, February 15th. This timely conference, in the middle of Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, will address the critical needs that so many families of individuals with disabilities face, including housing, medicaid/entitlements, advocacy, employment, and planning for adulthood.

NJ State Senator Loretta Weinberg, D.O. Majority Leader, will open the conference and the keynote will feature Elizabeth M. Shea, Assistant Commissioner of Division of Developmental Disabilities followed by a panel conversation about housing options in New Jersey by Gail Levinson, Executive Director SHA, and Tom Toronto, President United Way of Bergen County. Additional speakers will include Leizer Gewirtzman, Holly Martins, Jennifer Joyce, and Teresa Herrero-Taylor. Speakers will be addressing Employment, SSI/Medicaid Eligibilities, Advocacy for Parents, and Life Care Planning and Support.

The conference is being organized by J-ADD, OHEL and the JCCOTP, with many local community organizations participating as well including, JFS Clifton-Passaic, Bergen County Y/JCC, JFS Bergen in Wayne, and Sinai. If any other organizations still wish to participate, please contact [email protected] for more information on getting involved.

The conference will be held Sunday morning, Feb 15th at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, located at 411 E. Clinton Avenue, Tenafly NJ 07670. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m.-12 noon. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register for the conference, please contact the OHEL NJ Mental Health Center at [email protected] or 201-692-3972.

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