More than 900 people from across the Northeast attended the 29th Annual Northeast Yachad Family Shabbaton, held this past May in Stamford, Connecticut.
During the Shabbaton, families participated in support groups and were provided with networking opportunities and individual time with caring professionals who are leaders in their fields. Workshops covered a variety of topics, including developmental milestones, the ABC’s of autism, social skills, vocational readiness and family dynamics, among others. “Our Yachad families don’t always have it so easy,” explains Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, international director of Yachad/NJCD (National Jewish Council for Disabilities). “The Family Shabbaton is a venue where families can speak their minds, network with other families dealing with similar situations and have a respite where everyone can be themselves without ever having to feel judged. If we can help these families build and strengthen their relationships with each other, their children, their family and their greater community, then we consider this program a success.” Many families receive generous scholarships through Yachad/NJCD in order to participate in this highly anticipated event. To sponsor a family, please contact Eli Hagler, associate director of Yachad/NJCD, at HaglerE@ou.org.