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MetroWest ABLE envisions a MetroWest community that is made whole through the active and meaningful participation of all of its members, with opportunities for access to every aspect of Jewish life.




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For more information on volunteer opportunities with MetroWest ABLE, contact: Rebecca Wanatick at (973) 929-3129 or

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Featured Programs


Creating a Culture of Inclusion

Mondays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 & November 3 • 7:15-9:30 p.m.
The Partnership For Jewish Learning and Life
901 Route 10, Whippany, NJ

This new course will offer important topics and new speakers from the field of special education, plus a “Make & Take” session geared towards helping you create a culture of inclusion. Learn ways to effectively manage your classroom, communicate with parents, and modify your curriculum. Our presenters know you have been to special needs presentations previously; these sessions will be all new material designed for you. download flyer

Couples Raising Children with Disabilities: Making it Work

Thursday, October 23 • 7:30 p.m.
JCC MetroWest
​760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ

All children impact a marriage, but having children with disabilities may present amplified issues and concerns that include greater childrearing demands, stress management, the impact on family structure including couples’ relationships, and dealing with professionals. download flyer

Learn to Babysit for Children with Special Needs

Sundays, October 12 - November 23 • 4-5:30 p.m.*
JCC of Central NJ
1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 

During this six-week course, teens will be trained by a special needs professional through workshops, videos, and meetings. 

*Final session includes a six-hour CPR/First Aid training training. >>more

Sibling Support Group

Sundays, Nov. 16, Jan. 4, Mar. 8, Apr. 9, May 31 • 4-5:30 p.m.*
JCC MetroWest NJ (Schofel/Tepper Conference Center)
760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 

Siblings of children with special needs have many feelings which they may struggle to understand and express. Our group will provide these siblings with the opportunity to address their feelings in a fun and supportive environment. They will have the opportunity to meet other children in similar situations. download flyer

Mom's Support Group

(2nd Wednesday of each month) 7:30-9 p.m.
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC
​760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

Are you looking for support and guidance, networking with other moms, how to be the best advocate, services and resources available in your community? For more information please Rebecca Wanatick, Community Coordinator, MetroWest ABLE at (973) 929-3129 or >>more

Dads Only Please

Nov. 19, Feb. 18, May 20 • 7:30 p.m.
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
570 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Suite 106

This evening will include discussion on the importance of financial planning, protecting and providing for one’s spouse and children, and avoiding family conflicts while leaving a lasting legacy. Discussions will include a broad definition of one’s estate and will focus on the fundamentals of comprehensive estates. For more information please Rebecca Wanatick, Community Coordinator, MetroWest ABLE at (973) 929-3129 or>>more

Vodcasts of Recent Workshops

Special Education — Your Child’s Rights and District’s Obligations Under IDEA and NJ Law
Learn more about your child’s rights and district’s obligations under IDEA.
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentation

Future Planning: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Child's Care
This workshop begins to answer the questions you have about planning for your child in adulthood. It is never too early to begin the process. 
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentations

Building a Team as an Investment in Your Child's Future
This workshop begins to answer the questions of developing a team to transition your child from school to what happens next. 
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentations

Creative Alternatives to Supervised and Supportive Residential Options
This workshop discusses the process of eligibility, options, and opportunities for supportive housing for adults with disabilities.
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentations 

Navigating the Bureaucracy — How to Get Efficient and Effective Services for Your Family Member with Special Needs
Learn more about how to navigate the many systems in place to support your family. This presentation includes information on state and federal programs, understanding insurance plans and changes in DDD.
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentations

While You Wait For Residential Services…How Do You Maximize the Resources Available?
Learn more about how to maximize the resources that are in place to support your family. This presentation includes information on using self-directed service budgets, the new DDD Supports Program, and services provided by NJDVRS.
click here for more info and to view videos of the presentations

Contact Info

Rebecca Wanatick, Community Coordinator
(973) 929-3129 •


Media Coverage


Union County Congregations receive grants to enhance services for people with disabilities (6/17/14)
Three Union County congregations have been awarded MetroWest ABLE Synagogue Challenge Grants that will be used for building enhancements, programs, and/or enhanced services for people with disabilities and their families, allowing them greater accessibility to the synagogue community. >>more

ABLE Challenge Grants 2013
Summit Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim in Cranford, and Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains, in collaboration with Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim and Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains, are four out of eight congregations across Essex, Morris, and Union counties that have been awarded Synagogue ABLE Challenge Grants by MetroWest ABLE to promote inclusion in synagogue life for individuals and families with special needs. >>more

Babysitting Training Program
Whippany, NJ, June 11, 2013 — Every parent needs a break once in a while and it can be difficult to find a babysitter for a child who has special needs. Things are about to become easier.>>more

Lt. Governor visits the WAE Center
For an hour on April 27, New Jersey’s lieutenant governor laughed, danced, shook hands, and high-fived her way through the WAE Center in West Orange, sharing moments of fun with many of the 65 clients of the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled of MetroWest program.>>more

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