“All communities should look to JCHAI to better support Jewish adults with disabilities.”
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Supporting young adults with disabilities as they move from living with their parents to independent living through afterschool, weekend, social, and vocational programming that enables them to develop skills and a social network.
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By creating an address for young adults with disabilities within the Jewish community, the Judith Creed Homes for Adult Independence (JCHAI) expands the notions of community and of who has a place in that community. JCHAI helps adults with disabilities live rich Jewish lives through its focus on teaching skills for independent living while providing a caring social environment. JCHAI has served the disabilities community in Philadelphia for over 25 years, creating its Transitions program in response to a group of parents looking for services specifically for young adults in the transition years – the time when students with disabilities graduate from school programs and can no longer receive services via the public education system. JCHAI Transitions offers individualized care plans for participants along with afterschool and weekend activities at the JCHAI Café, a social network for young adults. Focused on young people ages 18 to 28, JCHAI Transitions offers independent living skills training, social networking opportunities, and Jewish programming for all participants, including regular Shabbat celebrations and opportunities to participate in High Holiday services. A leader in the Philadelphia community, JCHAI Transitions provides necessary assistance intertwined with rich Jewish content for an underserved population. JCHAI Transitions serves as a model for other communities seeking to successfully engage the young adult population with disabilities.
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