(Ours), a home away from home for young Jewish adults with autism

WJCS “Shelanu” (Ours), is a membership community for Jewish young adults, 18 – 35, with autism spectrum disorders, and their friends.

Shelanu creates a home away from home using spaces in White Plains and Tarrytown to create a community in which members will have a physical and emotional space grounded in Jewish values and practices where they can come together to share, learn and grow, both socially and professionally.

For young adults on the spectrum, moving into adulthood is a critical juncture. Developing lasting friendships, having a place to go with friends, sharing experiences, participating in activities together will enable young adults on the autism spectrum to increase their skills and confidence to succeed in a safe and supportive place.

The Shelanu program coordinator and group leader work together with members to identify their ideas for events and programs. Collaborating with other agencies and programs, Shelanu members regularly will have a rich choice of events in which to participate. WJCS social work staff members are on hand to address emotional and mental health issues as needed.

Shelanu is one of five collaborative and innovative programs funded by UJA-Federation of New York last year in response to the results of a survey they issued to understand the needs of young adults on the Autism Spectrum. The initiatives are designed to increase independence and inclusion of young adults on the spectrum in the Jewish and broader communities. 

See the flyer of this month’s activities. 

For more information and to join Shelanu,

Contact: Robin L. Davies-Small, M.Ed, program coordinator (914) 761-0600 x2480;
845 N Broadway, White Plains, NY, 10603 

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