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
Adaptive gymnastics classes for children with a range of special needs including autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsey and Down’s Syndrome.
Parent/family trainings, information, resources, and support programs; including sibling and grandparent, and peer support.
Raising Special Kids exists to improve the lives of children with a full range of disabilities, from birth to age 26, by providing support, training, information and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children.
Community program for older adults with disabilities that applies the internationally renowned Clubhouse Model of Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
Interpreter for the Deaf. Educational and religious interpreting, specializing in Jewish settings.
I can also be reached by text message at 520-838-1608.
At Special Need Solutions we create custom made furniture, clothing, devices, and equipment that help individuals with disabilities progress physically, emotionally, and cognitively. Our goal is to help make it possible for children and adults with special needs to participate as fully in their lives as possible.
Special Olympics Arizona’s goal is to empower the over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive and respected members of society through SOAZ’s year-round sports training, competitions and support programs. Athletes can compete at a variety of levels that accommodate a diverse range of abilities. Athletes may also compete within the Special Olympics Unified Sports® program, which brings together athletes with and without disabilities to train and compete on the same sports teams. The Coronado Area has both school and community-based programs which offer sports training and competition for children and adults age 8 & over, as well as Young Athletes®, a motor development and activity program for children ages 2 ½ – 7.
Sun Sounds is a reading and information service that broadcasts the reading of daily newspapers, current magazines and book to anyone who cannot read or hold printed materials due to a disability. This is a free service. There are various ways to receive Sun Sounds such as online streaming, smart home devices, specially tuned radios supplied by Sun Sounds as well as some cable systems. Anyone can register here: http://sunsounds.org/application-and-registration-service
Sunlight Center for Change (SCC) is an outpatient assessment and treatment center dedicated to providing collaborative, integrative, and cutting-edge services to best meet the client’s needs. Since no two people are the same, services are designed to be personalized to the individual, the circumstances, and the needs of the case. Currently specializing in providing services in 4 program areas: court related, clinical, dietary/nutritional, and psychoeducation.
Equine-assisted activities and therapies to improve physical, mental, social and emotional well being of children, adults and veterans.
Student Support Services at Tucson Hebrew Academy provide individualized academic accommodations plans and services for students with specific learning disabilities. Our services are limited in scope and students qualify through an official diagnosis and documented need for support. We provide pull-out services in which students participate in one-one-one or small group remedial instruction as well as assistance with practicing organization and executive functioning skills. Our special education teachers also “push-in” to classrooms to assist students in their general education classes. In collaboration with Jewish Family and Children Services with financial support from donors and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, we are able to provide the services of a very talented school counselor for general growth and support, teaching problem-solving, communication and social skills. Our student-centered approach helps students feel confident and be successful as they gain independence and mastery of school throughout the year.
Adult day program designed to explore, cultivate and maximize each individual’s potential. Emphasizes wellness, social action, education and fun. Summer Inclusion Camp for school age children and a Social Club for young adults with special abilities. Early childhood education, after school program.
Tucson Residence Foundation’s Mission is to assist each individual through the promotion of self-determination, independence, and full community participation. We offer support to adults enrolled with the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) through Individually Designed Living Arrangements (IDLA), group homes, Support Living Services (SLS), Specialized Residential Options, and Adult Developmental Homes.
Tucson Smiles Pediatric Dentistry specializes in providing outstanding service for infants, children, adolescents, young adults and children with special needs in the Tucson area. Our goal is to establish great oral health habits and a program of preventive dental care early in your child’s life.
5920 N La Cholla Blvd.
Tucson AZ 85741
8265 S Houghton Rd.
Tucson AZ 85747
*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.