The Special Needs Partnership

The Special Needs Partnership was founded more than a decade ago by a group of local families to advocate on behalf of their children with special needs. The Partnership continues today as a grass-roots initiative that furthers awareness and inclusion by providing support, resources, and education for individuals and families through our programs and services.

You’ve heard the proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.”  This is never more true than when raising a child with special needs. In fact, building this “village” is vital to the health and happiness of the entire family.  To address this need, our SNP community was created to foster social relationships, encourage an inclusive environment, and to help all families with the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs.

Our team of professional experts works to ensure individuals with special needs can reach their fullest potential at home, at school and in their community.

Community Programs

 

The Inclusion Experience

The Inclusion Experience is a hands-on, multi-sensory simulation designed for participants to experience the reality of the difficulties faced by people with specific disabilities. Our goal is to help build and create awareness and understanding, sensitivity and inclusion, and empathy and compassion.

Groups of all ages and abilities are given the opportunity to participate in stations simulating what it’s like to have behaviors associated with: learning differences, executive functioning challenges, fine motor difficulties, and hearing, speech, vision and memory impairments. At each of the stations, trained facilitators open up discussions about what can be done to better accommodate those with special needs in personal and professional settings. Participants also discuss the emotions that individuals may have who are managing these daily challenges.

Download the Inclusion Experience Flyer

 

Parents Empowered Raising Kids (PERK)

 

PERK, our parent and guardian support group,  meets monthly to help  create and support connections between adults who are raising children or caring for adults with special needs. PERK events are facilitated by professionals from the JFS Special Needs Resource Team and are designed to give parents tools, resources, and support for everyday challenges.

To begin receiving emails about PERK meetings, please email lfriedman@jfsdallas.org.

 

Faith Inclusion Network of Dallas

 

The Faith Inclusion Network of Dallas (FIND) is a collaboration of faith communities coming together to create inclusion for those with special needs. FIND offers support by sharing best practices and resources, and educating faith leaders with the goal of providing a sense of belonging for all.

In 2015, Jewish Family Service of Dallas convened its first two-day conference with faith leaders. Now, five years later, temples, synagogues, churches, and mosques are coming together to continue to move our mission forward.

For more information about the FIND Symposium on February 25, 2020 and to register, please visit www.find2020.org

 

Download the SNP Community Programs Flyer

 

For more information about these community programs, please contact Lorraine Friedman, Director of Special Needs Partnership and Programs at Jewish Family Service at 972.437.5831 or lfriedman@jfsdallas.org.