We provide care for over 10000 people with special needs each year.

Mission and Vision

Jawonio is a registered 501c3 organization and the premiere provider of lifespan services in the Hudson Valley of New York State for individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and chronic medical conditions.

Jawonio is dedicated to advancing the independence, well-being and Equality of people with disabilities and special needs.

What does Jawonio Mean?

Jawonio is a Native American word that means “Independence”. We help children and adults reach their fullest personal potential and support them to be as independent as possible, beginning at a very early age.

Core Values

Honesty and Integrity

We conduct ourselves by communicating in an open and ethical manner.


We respect diversity and encourage collaboration.

Mutual Respect

We are committed to the promotion of fairness, dignity and compassion for those we serve and employ.


We maintain a responsibility to meet the changing needs of the individual and the greater community.


February 26, 2018

Direct Service Professional Training Session Beginning March 20th, 2018!

Are you interested in learning more about how you can make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities? Interested in learning more about […]
February 15, 2018

Sandy Sewell and Ellen Spergel Tell Their Story–Alumni Profile

This summer, Sandy Sewell reunited with her dear friend Ellen Spergel, who she met at “Camp Jawonio” back in the early 1960’s. Ellen was a counselor […]
February 1, 2018

Summer Camp Counselor, Warren Silberstein Shares His Jawonio Story

In honor of throwback Thursday and looking back on fond memories of Jawonio, please take a look at Warren Silberstein’s Story, who has a personal connection to […]