Special Abilities Coordinator
In our Jewish community, there’s room in the tent for everyone.
Let us match your special need with our service, program, or activity:
• Find appropriate events for every age and ability.
• Meet our caring professionals.
• Join a peer support group.
• Join our online community forum to engage in a variety of discussion topics.
• Sparks Club: A brand new Social Club for individuals ages 5 and up with special needs.
• Use our Special Needs Resource Directory* below to locate local support and special needs services.
Contact Allison Wexler at 520-299-3000 x203 for further information. She can connect you with other parents and families, member specialists, teachers, and coaches at our JCC, schools, synagogues, and others or to Tucson’s Jewish Concierge or Jewish Child and Family Services.
Special Need Resource Directory
For ages 16 and up
Founded in 1980 as the first of its kind in Arizona, DIRECT is a private, nonprofit organization operated by and for people with disabilities. Today, DIRECT is part of a national network of more than 730 Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and focuses on:
* Advocating for disability rights and justice
* Empowering individuals to achieve their self-identified independent living goals
* Promoting the Independent Living philosophy and principles of consumer control, informed choice, community integration, and dignity of risk
We help people with barriers to employment to become employable and employed. Services include: job development and placement, job coaching, resume writing, classes in job readiness, professional development and personal development, computer training, job training in document conversion, food service, receptionist, and our retail packing and shipping business.
Podiatrist offering diagnostic exams, relief for foot and lower leg pain, orthotics, PT referrals, surgery options.
Employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Free ongoing weekly, one-on-one swim lessons for individuals with special needs and/or disabilities. Donation based non-profit.
Government benefits planning, including ALTCS application assistance and spend down guidance, or ALTCS renewal assistance; Care Contract; Miller Trusts (Income Cap Trusts); and, Government Benefits Assistance (eligibility, estate recovery, change in circumstances, potential assistance with AHCCCS and/or Nutrition Assistance).
Victoria Blaire Struse, Esq. is a member of the Special Needs Alliance.
Licensed accupuncturist, traditional Chinese medicine, cranio sacral therapy, monthly free clinic.
Dr. Lele and Dr. Wolfman are a husband and wife team who specialize in the care of infants, children, and teenagers, including those with special needs. They are both Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Lele and Dr. Wolfman both hold a permit to provide oral sedation in Arizona and are also on the hospital staff of Tucson Medical Center. Dr. Lele and Dr. Wolfman never stop to improve their skills with continuing education and technological advances in their field.
Activity modifications and greater staff-to-youth ratios. Arts & crafts, nature walks, therapeutic riding and triathlon.
Individual counseling, family counseling, ADHD evaluations, school success consultants, Taekwondo wellness, animal-assisted therapy.
Speech, occupational, feeding, swallowing therapies. Parent classes, social skills classes, summer program taught by speech/language pathologists. Consultations and evaluations. Autism therapies.
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Community barber/stylist, In-home hair services
Pediatric feeding therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nutrition services.
Compassionate, gentle cosmetic and family dentistry
Milk & Honey specializes in infants with feeding and swallowing difficulties – breast, bottle, and solids – with and emphasis on breastfeeding. Milk & Honey sees patients that have a range of diagnoses, from cleft lip & palate, Down Syndrome, or other feeding difficulties, with a multidisciplinary approach that brings together providers in speech, OT, PT, RD, and lactation specialities
For more than 20 years, Mosaic has provided improved quality of life, greater stability, and increased community access for people with intellectual disabilities with at-home services. An independent contractor provides services around the person, fully integrating them into the life of their household and the greater community. Supports are designed around the specific needs and desires of each person. While sharing their home, the provider integrates the person served into the life of the household and the greater community.
Super Stars Class: Classes for children with social, emotional, or sensory disabilities. Loosely structured and based on elements of our Gymsters and Mighty Mites classes. The combining of these class elements gives children the widest range of activities possible. Every class will begin with “Circle Time” which includes an introduction, warm up, song, and, practice skill. Children will be encouraged to participate at the circle but if they wish to do “Circle Time” in another part of the gym that is acceptable. There will be background music playing quietly, games and skill stations will be introduced, and different manipulative objects will be used. It is our goal to make the children feel comfortable enough in the gym and with the staff that parents will be able to take a step back and watch their child interact on their own. Serving children ages 0-10 years.
National Eye & Ear is a small office that is family oriented. Dr. Reichardt is an eye doctor that understands kids of all needs and abilities. Dr. Reinhardt makes eye exams fun while gaining information on eye health and vision. She thoroughly explains the eye exam results with parents or caregivers and is happy to share reports with other health care providers too. Babies to adults, everyone is welcome.
*Disclaimer: Jewish Tucson does not endorse any person, products or services contained in this Resource Directory. The acceptance of a listing in this Resource Directory does not constitute recommendation, approval or other representation of the reputation or ability of any person or the quality of their products or services. Use of any products or services advertised in this Resource Directory is solely at the user’s risk and Jewish Tucson accepts no responsibility or liability in connection therewith.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Community Foundation aligned grants process, Tucson’s Jewish community is pleased to offer opportunities for individuals and families with special needs to connect and access resources.