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.


October 20, 2017

Workers at Unitex Celebrate an Anniversary

Unitex is a corporate partner of Jawonio’s Community Employment Services and currently employs 19 workers with disabilities, most of whom work at their Mount Vernon location, […]
October 19, 2017

Driven for a Purpose — Q & A with Mark Glasel

We recently sat down with Mark Glasel to talk to him about his “Driven for a Purpose” event coming up on November 11th that will raise […]
September 29, 2017

Celebrating our Staff for National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week-Marie

In honor of National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, Jawonio celebrates the valuable contributions that our DSP staff make to the Jawonio Community by posting personal profiles […]