The vision of the Jewish Abilities Alliance (JAA) is to promote an inclusive, spirited environment that celebrates the diversity in our community and the uniqueness of every member. This website serves as a user-friendly gateway to resources in the Jewish or general community for people with disabilities. The JAA is the Jewish community’s network that links individuals with disabilities, and their families, to resources, services, support groups, workshops and clinics and recreational programs within their community.
Jewishabilities.org features information and resources on everything from advocating for a child with a learning disability to navigating the transition to adulthood. JAA’s content is a “how to” resource, developed by a team of skilled disability-service providers. Information on early identification, behavior management, special education, health services, financial resources and benefits, housing, legal resources, transportation and so much more make JAA a unique one-stop-shop for families. The resource directory, an added bonus, is comprehensive and easy to navigate, providing quick access to local services, with the ability to filter by age and service-type.
The website is accessible for users with disabilities, voluntarily meeting Section 508 standards for information technology (a Rehabilitation Act requirement for federal agencies).
The information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. The Jewish Abilities Alliance does not recommend or endorse any businesses or service providers. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability of any of the organizations or providers listed or the information, products, services or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose.
The Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance (BJAA) offers the following:
- Families with similar needs can be matched for information sharing, guidance and support
- Parent networking events
- Family gatherings
- Single session workshops on such topics as guardianship and living trusts
- Smaller, more informal clinics to assist families with questions on such topics as preparing for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting with your child’s school
- Support programs to discuss specific challenges with a social worker (e.g. sexuality or family dynamics)
- Information and referrals to other agencies
- Resource packets for individuals without computer access