Special Education

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Chicago Yachad

3200 W. Touhy Ave.
2nd Floor
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (844) 4-YACHAD
Fax: (866) 454-1320
Email: cohene@ou.org
Web: http://yachad.org/chicago
Contact: Elliot Cohen

Dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring their inclusion in the full spectrum of Jewish life. Offering social, recreational, educational, clinical, and vocational services for individuals ages 7 to 40+.

Dr. Oscar A. and Bernice Novick PTACH Special Education Program *

Associated Talmud Torahs
4600 Main Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 675-1670
Web: http://www.att.org
Contact: Susan Feuer

Serves Jewish children with learning challenges.

ET Learning Connections

2857 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 773-807-1083
Email: etlearningconnections@gmail.com
Web: http://www.etlearningconnections.com
Contact: Esther Tarkieltaub, LBS1

EtLearning Connections focuses on each client's individual needs devising custom tailored programs to meet those needs. ET Learning Connections empowers children with diverse tools to bring out the potential in your child implementing hands on multi-sensory learning approaches and strategies that promote learning and positive mindset. Wilson Certified, Fast Forward and Social ThinkingR Provider IDEA Vendor Providing remedial services in all areas of early literacy,reading, writing in Hebrew and General studies, executive functioning and social skills. With the right support every child can succeed! Sign up for educational and motivational newsletters by emailing  etlearningconnections@gmail.com

The Friendship Circle

The Stuart Raskas Friendship Circle of Illinois
2095 Landwehr Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 943-9770
Email: info@fcil.org
Web: http://www.FCIL.org
Contact: Rabbi Zelik Moscowitz

Empowering today's teens to bridge the gap between families of children with special needs and the community. Offering friendship, social, Judaic and educational experiences.

Hebrew Seminary

A Rabbinical School for Deaf & Hearing
4435 W. Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 679-4113
Fax: (847) 677-7945
Email: abrown@hebrewseminary.org
Web: http://www.hebrewseminary.org
Contact: Alison Brown

The mission of Hebrew Seminary is to train women and men as rabbis and Jewish educators to serve all Jewish communities, including the deaf community. Hebrew Seminary has been an inclusive and egalitarian community for the study and practice of Judaism since our founding in 1992. Our program encourages the highest commitment to traditional scholarship, such as Talmud, Bible, and Hebrew, as well as the spiritual discipline of Kabbalah. This teaches our students to be scholars, educators, and leaders, as well as spiritual guides who can hear and share the voice of God with members of their communities.

Therapeutic Day School & Yeshiva *

Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS Chicago)
Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 467-3900
Email: therapeuticdayschool@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.JCFS.org/TDS
Contact: Sandra Spicher

As part of the JCFS family of services, the Therapeutic Day School (TDS) uses a strengths-based approach to the education of K-12+ students with diverse academic, social and emotional needs. By providing behavioral and emotional support, students are given the skills to succeed both inside and out of the classroom while gaining a sense of belonging and community.

The JCFS Therapeutic Yeshiva, an extension of TDS, offers religiously observant children the opportunity to participate in a therapeutic school program while also fulfilling the mitzvah of learning Torah and tefillah. 

Virginia Frank Child Development Center *

Jewish Child & Family Services
Abe and Ida Cooper Center
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Joni Crounse

As part of the JCFS family of services, the Virginia Frank Child Development Center offers therapeutic preschool for children birth to six years old, along with individual and family counseling, and training for early childhood professionals.

What's New in the Guide

TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS

• Early childhood education 

• Internship program for social work and psychology

• Pharmacy Technician Training 

• Janitorial Training program

COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

• Recovery from addiction and substance abuse prevention 

• Adoption and infertility 

• Support during illness, grief and loss

• Domestic violence 

• Sexual abuse prevention 

• Connections to counseling, education and prevention services through synagogue partnerships 

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES

• Community-based group living 

• Support and assistance for independent living 

• Home-based waiver for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities 

• Specialized recreational camp for children and teens atCamp Firefly

• Job training and customized employment opportunities 

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