Guidance and Support

Yad HaChazakah-JDECs social service professionals, trained in life coaching, work with you to explore your personal values, talents, and potentials as you make life-changing decisions. We support and encourage you every step of the way and partner with you to strategize solutions and access resources when challenges arise. We offer coaching and support in:  
  • Employment readiness
  • Self advocacy and negotiation
  • Dating, marriage, and parenting
  • Working with helping professionals
  • Home and personal management
  • Mobility and travel
  • Handling pejorative attitudes towards disability
  And other areas of life. Please contact Mr. Yisroel Lacks at 646-723-3955 to discuss how you would like to improve your life or skills.

Accessing Resources

Finding Resources

Image - Rolodex-Symbolizing Information and ReferralOne product or service can dramatically expand your abilities and make it possible to lead the life you wish.  Yad HaChazakah-JDEC staff can work with you to identify and access resources for:

  • Vocational training and employment searches
  • Long-term care options
  • Shadchanim and singles events
  • Braille, large print, or recorded renditions of Torah-related texts
  • Better wheelchair access to your home, shul, yeshiva, or event hall
  • Daily living assistive devices and communication technology
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Benefits and subsidies for which you may be eligible

  • A Yad HaChazakah-JDEC staffer will follow up with you to assure that the service or product meets your needs or that the application process for benefits is going smoothly.

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    Advocacy and Mediation

    Image - 3 people in mediation processSometimes you can find it too difficult to get the services, products, or benefits that a vendor or agency offers. Obtaining reasonable disability access to community events and establishments can also be challenging.  When appropriate and as you request, we will advocate and mediate on your behalf or refer you to the proper agency to help you.

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    Contact Us

    To find out about resources that might help you or to request Image - Communication Devicesassistance in advocating for and negotiating possible solutions, please email or call 646-723-3955.

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    Learning from Others

    Learning Sessions

    Image - Torah TextMany of us with disabilities or ongoing conditions want to better understand ourselves, our purpose, and our responsibilities within the context of Jewish texts and tradition. Some of us also want to know how disability access, opportunity, and inclusiveness should be factored into our decisions about building design, program planning, employment, and goods and services delivery – in line with Torah analysis.

    ”Perspectives on Disability and Illness in Jewish Law and Lore” Monthly Learning Sessions co-sponsored by NISHMA is a teleconferencing class that we are planning.  It will be led by Rabbi Benjamin Hecht, founding director of Nishma and the primary rabbinic adviser for Yad HaChazakah-JDEC. You are invited to join this learning session, whether or not you have a disability or health condition.

    Please Email or contact Mr. Yisroel Lacks, LCSW at 917-345-6515 to let us know that you are interested.  Let us know your questions. We will inform you about the starting date and ways you may connect to the learning group from your location.

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    Topical Workshops

    Image - Women At A Yad HaChazakah SeminarYad HaChazakah-JDEC convenes workshops on many topics pertaining to disability.  These sessions provide important information or help people to develop their skills, such as self advocacy and negotiation.  Workshops can be held in wheelchair accessible venues, by phone, or via internet technology.

    Our organization is committed to providing reasonable disability-related program accommodations, such as large print or sign language interpreters upon request and as our capacities allow.  We offer separate seating for men and women when it is the standard for a community.

    To receive updates about upcoming events, click the "Stay Connected - Get Involved" button below and complete and submit the form. We can notify you by email about events pertaining to people with disabilities and the families. Also, we will regularly post information on this website about workshops held by other agencies in addition to those organized or sponsored by Yad HaChazakah-JDEC.

    Are you from a business, organization, yeshiva, day school, or another type of group that is located in or does a good amount of work with Jewish communities?  Staff at Yad HaChazakah-JDEC can arrange presentations at your location for your cadre. We can help you better understand, work with, and meet the needs of your customers, employees, congregants, and students with disabilities.  Please contact us at 646-723-3955 or email

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