Media Coverage Archive

Children with Special Needs & Disabilities: Programs in New Jersey
Kveller (11/2/16)
Raising young kids always comes with its fair share of challenges (looking at you, bed time) but when you throw in things like special needs and disabilities, families could use all the support they can get. One of the amazing resources available to New Jersey families in Essex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties is Greater MetroWest ABLE—a consortium of 13 organizations that provide programming and support for individuals with disabilities and their families. more

Aging and Disabilities Roundtable
AccessFederation (9/27/16)
On September 23, approximately 50 communal workers who work with older adults and/or individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community gathered for an educational seminar to discuss the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their families as they all age.  Those attending the Aging and Disabilities Roundtable learned about all the resources available to them and their clients through the incredible network of agencies in Greater MetroWest. more

Special Needs Program for Educators
AccessFederation (9/20/16)
This past weekend saw the launch of the Matan Institute of Greater MetroWest, bringing the national organization to our community to run a year-long program for our local congregational religious school teachers and directors. The program is designed to provide participants with concrete tools and strategies for reaching all students and including children with special needs in Jewish education. more

Standing Up For Inclusion
AccessFederation (9/13/16)

Greater MetroWest ABLE is excited to announce that it is about to embark on its first Matan Institute of Greater MetroWest on Sunday, September 18. There are 22 educators representing 11 congregations participating in the yearlong program which provides education and mentorship in the area of special education. more

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Union County Congregations receive grants to enhance services for people with disabilities (6/17/14)
Three Union County congregations have been awarded Greater MetroWest ABLE Synagogue Challenge Grants that will be used for building enhancements, programs, and/or enhanced services for people with disabilities and their families, allowing them greater accessibility to the synagogue community. more

Babysitting Training Program
West Orange PATCH (6/11/2013)
Whippany, NJ, June 11, 2013 — Every parent needs a break once in a while and it can be difficult to find a babysitter for a child who has special needs. Things are about to become easier. more

ABLE Challenge Grants 2013 
Suburban News (5/8/2013)
Summit Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim in Cranford, and Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains, in collaboration with Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim and Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains, are four out of eight congregations across Essex, Morris, and Union counties that have been awarded Synagogue ABLE Challenge Grants by Greater MetroWest ABLE to promote inclusion in synagogue life for individuals and families with special needs. more

Lt. Governor Visits the WAE Center 
New Jersey Jewish News (5/1/2013)
For an hour on April 27, New Jersey’s lieutenant governor laughed, danced, shook hands, and 
high-fived her way through the Wae Center in West Orange, sharing moments of fun with many of the 65 clients of the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled of MetroWest program. more

A Synagogue "Home" Open to All 
February 2013
How do you live Jewishly in our Greater MetroWest community? Do you work out at one of the JCCs or the Y, send your children to Jewish camps, belong to a synagogue? Personally, my connection to Jewish life in our community began when I was pregnant with my first child and we were “synagogue hopping.” more [Speak EZ]

Jewish Disability Month: Sparks of Light That Keep Hope Alive
Huffington Post (2/1/13)
My son, Ethan, is 7 years old. He is a brother, grandson, nephew and cousin. He also has autism. I'd like to share with you a bit about our experience and what it's been like to live with a child with autism. more

Growing Inclusive Synagogues in New Jersey: MetroWest ABLE
Zeh Lezeh (For One Another) (9/27/12)
Each week we introduce you to one of the ten recipients of the 2012 Ruderman Prize in Disability. Today we feature MetroWest ABLE of New Jersey, which is staking out new territory in creating a rich network of inclusive synagogues for members of all abilities. more

Federation’s MetroWest ABLE Wins Inaugural Ruderman Prize in Disability
Whippany, NJ, June 13, 2012 — MetroWest ABLE, a program of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation) has been chosen as one of 10 recipients world-wide to receive the inaugural Ruderman Family Foundation Prize in Disability. more

I Am ABLE Ad Campaign
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Special Camps for Special Kids
San Diego Jewish Journal (10/29/11)

For the family of Brandon Levine, a New Yorker who was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 3, who suffered from seizure disorders in the years that followed and who dealt with learning disabilities all his life, the Yachad Program at Camp Morasha was a godsend. >> more

You Just Have to Be You
from Speak EZ, the Monthly Greater MetroWest eNewsletter (October 2011)

In only its third year of programming and funding, MetroWest ABLE, part of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ, has had an incredible impact within our community. Through its support of, and contribution towards, various programs for individuals with special needs, it has opened a dialogue for awareness, acceptance, and outreach, leading to the success of these important initiatives. One example is the Camp Friends Program at JCC MetroWest's Camp Deeny Riback (CDR). more