October 22, 2017

Doors Open at 9:00 AM

9:30 AM Program Begins

Internationally-known jazz prodigy, Matt Savage, was diagnosed with a high-functioning type of autism as a child. Matt’s mother, Diane Savage, delivers the keynote address focusing on the impact of early intervention and therapies, and her son’s career as a musician, band leader and composer.  
Jenni Frumer, Ph.D., LCSW, MSEd, RG and CEO of Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service (AJFCS), provides a social worker's perspective.​

This event is free and open to families & caregivers of students with disabilities. 
Community leaders are encouraged to attend the Keynote/Performance and leadership session

with Shelly Christensen.​

Exclusive Performance

Community Leadership Session


 11:00 AM — 12:30 PM 

Shelly Christensen, MA 

From Longing to Belonging: 
The Keys to Becoming an Inclusive Community​


The author of the Jewish Community Guide to Inclusion of People with Disabilities will share how to move from a welcoming community to one where people with disabilities know they belong. This session will provide you with practical steps to developing the first step toward greater inclusion throughout your synagogue/organization.



Family Sessions 

11:00 AM — 11:40 AM
11:50 AM — 12:30 PM

Life Planning

 Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Jenni Frumer, Ph.D., LCSW, MSEd, RG 

 The Levine LifePlanning® Program assists primary caregivers of family members with disabilities in making sure the appropriate future plans and supports are in place for when that primary caregiver can no longer provide support. In this session, learn about the program's components including education, advocacy, individual consultation, and emotional support to families who care for someone with a disability. There is no charge for any LifePlanning activities or services. Confidentiality is fully protected.



Psychological Testing:  When to Refer and Why?

Arielle Burdo, Ph.D.


Psychoeducational testing is a process of problem solving to try and determine the core components of a person’s psychological or mental health, personality style, IQ, and to identify personal strengths and weaknesses. Results from a comprehensive evaluation can often provide important information about a child’s natural learning style.  Testing can provide insight into whether a child is more specifically an auditory or visual learner.  In general, with input from the psychologist, testing can lead to overall greater success in the classroom setting. 


Not Just the Child

Elaine Rotenberg, Ph.D.


When a family is raising a child with a disability, the focus of the entire family often centers on that child.  The emphasis on finding the right doctors, evaluations, medications, and interventions often “takes over” the energy of the family.  This session will explore the challenges families face when living with a disability, in terms of finding a balance for the family as a whole.  Emphasis will be placed on parents and siblings, navigating priorities, and how this impacts communication with classroom teachers.



Limited space available | Registration required