New York State wants to save money for its taxpayers. A laudable desire, but not at the expense of its most vulnerable citizens. In an Op-Ed for the New York Daily News, Dr. Mitchell Shear and Marcia Shear write about their daughter Samantha, a student at JRC. Her progress from a “bloodied and bruised 80-pound girl once […]

As the Quality Control Director, it’s vitally important for me and my staff to ensure there’s a high level of continuity with student programs, company policies, and regulations. To achieve these objectives on a daily basis, the monitoring department employs approximately 60 staff who are scheduled 24/7 at our various residences, school buildings, and areas in between. These […]

Time does fly when you’re having fun! I have been teaching Physical Education at JRC for almost 28 years. I enjoy working with all our students and clients. They make every day exciting. The goal of the Physical Education Program at JRC is to motivate our students and clients to develop lifelong patterns of physical activity. […]

I have had the pleasure of being a nurse at JRC for 2 1/2 years. I have worked in many other places such as hospitals and in-patient mental health facilities, and I have never had such a great work experience as I have had here at JRC. Unlike other facilities where I have worked, I […]

What is Precision Teaching and how can you use it? Precision Teaching is a measurement system that allows teachers to track what their students are learning and how they are performing. This is a great progress monitoring tool for all of you teachers out there! This system puts the collected data onto a standard celeration chart, […]

I have been a clinician at JRC for over 20 years. People often ask me how I lasted for so long in such a controversial program. The answer is very simple. I have been a part of a team that has improved the quality of life of so many people. None of the negative comments […]

The JRC clients and students as well as JRC staff are involved in many volunteer and charitable activities throughout the year. The clients and students have hosted many bake sales which have raised several thousand dollars for various charities including the One Fund, a charity created following the Boston Marathon bombings to provide support for victims; to […]

The summer of 1981 was extremely sultry. It was so oppressive, outside activities for the students were cancelled much of the time. The small school building was located in Providence, RI. It housed five or so classrooms with only six students assigned to each one. There were just four group homes in nearby Massachusetts at the time […]

Many years ago I was presented with an opportunity to come join the Judge Rotenberg Center family as the resident chef. I have found it to be one of the most challenging and most rewarding times of my career as a chef. Our menu at the Judge Rotenberg Center is designed primarily around a vegan, […]

As the Referrals Director at JRC, I have the opportunity to encounter a number of agencies that deal with a very difficult population of developmentally and emotionally disabled individuals. These agencies include school districts, psychiatric hospitals, public and private mental health agencies, and criminal courts and affiliated agencies, as well as other service providers. Most […]