PALS: Peers Using AAC for Language and Socialization
The vision of PALS is to develop a summer program for non-verbal/ augmentative communication users in a structured environment. The goal of this program would be to facilitate and foster socialization
The focus of the PALS program is language based with hands on activities to encourage a natural learning environment. Each participant will have their own one-to-one assistant to provide supports and optimize participation. The activities planned range from arts and crafts, drama, swimming, cooking, exercise based activities, etc.
This is a program created to support students with complex communication needs and expanding their opportunies for using AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) for socialization.
The program is designed to meet the needs of teens between the
ages of 12-21 in Southern New Jersey.
To learn more about the program, please click here for a brochure.
Please Support PALS Programming
To support PALS by credit card or PayPal, please click here:
Or to contribute a check to the PALS Fund, checks can be made out to "Jewish Community Foundation, Inc." and in the memo please write "PALS Fund." Checks can be mailed or delivered to:
Jewish Community Foundation, Inc.
1301 Springdale Rd., Suite 200
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Attn: Janet Santo
Donations made out to the JCF to benefit PALS are fully tax deductible charitable contributions. Note that raffle tickets are not tax deductible. (Please consult your tax professional for any questions about your contribution, as the JCF does not provide tax or legal advice.)
To help facilitate their organizational efforts, PALS utilizes the services of the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. to administer its funds and provide consulting services.
To learn more about how the JCF can assist your organization in its fundraising efforts and community outreach, please contact Seth Mirowitz at 856-673-2521.
Pictured below: Group photo (top) from the 2015 PALS program. Bottom: participants and their assistants taking part in activities in the 2015 PALS program. The program is held at the Katz JCC.