Disability Support Services

Access for all abilities

People with disabilities don’t have challenges only from 9 to 5. The important and inspirational work JFCS does for our clients with disabilities reflects the hours they keep. 

Our clients are individuals, families and the greater community. To all of them we offer social-connections programs, support-network creation and maintenance and the provision of resources, referrals and education that soon will include leadership training.  

For individuals with physical or developmental disabilities, both visible and invisible, we:

  • assist them in the difficult process of applying to receive and renew government support like supplemental security income (SSI) and social security disability insurance (SSDI);
  • ensure vital services like financial aid;
  • find resources for and referrals to housing, legal and medical assistance, including finding those who accept our clients’ insurance; and
  • for TIKVAH, our social group for adults 18 years old and up, we plan, organize and create online and in-person programming. 

For our families, we:

  • provide them crucial guidance navigating programs like Individualized Educational (IEP) and 504 plans in the public schools that offer academic and social support for their children; 
  • help parents and guardians plan for the future; and 
  • through our support group for families, we provide a space to connect.

And for the greater Portland community, we:

  • educate providers about accessibility in their institutions, thus growing our partnerships; and 
  • collaborate for special occasions like holiday celebrations. 

ONLINE COMMUNITY GROUPS

Coming Together: A bi-monthly virtual get together for caregivers and parents of children and adults with disabilities to share their thoughts and feelings during this unprecedented time. Email Shayna Sigman at ssigman@jfcs-portland.org for more information or to register.

TIKVAH Social Group: A bi-monthly social group for people with Disabilities ages 18 and up. Email janetmenashe@jfcs-portland.org to register.

Modified Services in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Currently, JFCS is unable to offer its regular in-person events for community members, but we’re still available to help. If you need financial resources or mental health assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Janet Menashe at janetmenashe@jfcs-portland.com.

 

OUR TEAM

Shayna Sigman, CSWA is the Disability Support Services Manager. She received her Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. She has a decade of experience working in camp and after-school programs. In her most recent work she focused on creating accommodations for children with disabilities and training staff on inclusive practices. In her free time, Shayna loves the outdoors, reading, diving into art and music, and exploring new cultures through food.

Janet Menashe was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Janet graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Institutional Management and Dietetics and a minor in Business Administration. Janet joined Jewish Family and Child Services in April of 2015 as a skills trainer with the Partners for Independence Program. In her previous line of work she worked with people with disabilities to build skills that would help them become independent. She has also been a member of The TASK Advisory Board since it was created and helped with the Kehillah Housing project. Janet enjoys spending time with family and friends, along with traveling, knitting, and reading.

Sarit Cahana (she/her pronouns) has been a Disability advocate since high school. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Gender Studies. As a Disabled person herself, she has seen how important accessibility and advocacy is in creating change. Her work is centered around the needs of the community. Sarit has worked as a community organizer, in non-profit work, and politics.

Help us increase TASK/Tikvah services by 18%

With your donation, we can:

  • Expand Tikvah activities to include younger children and their families

  • Offer inclusion training for schools, synagogue education classes and Jewish organizations

  • Provide TASK case management to school-age children with disabilities

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