Interview with Moish Tov, CEO of Joy Dew

Posted By: Sam Fogelgaren on March 16, 1:06 PM

If there is such thing as a traditional path into constructing an adult autism program, Moish Tov has not followed it. A serial entrepreneur with experience in the technology and medical device industries, Tov’s path to building an adult autism program emanated from his two children (who both have autism). Upon visiting various potential adult programs, he found himself disappointed: “I had the assumption that we would find a good solution - and a good solution for me is a place that allows them to live up to their potential, like any other person.”
After having conversations with parents experiencing similar disappointments with existing programs, he noticed that “21 is like a cliff. When you pass 21, you have to make a lot of decisions: about education, what kind of work you do, where you want to live. It’s a complex issue.”


Tov speaking at a recent meeting of the Post 21 Club.

Tov’s first experience building a skill-based program for people with autism was a program within the Israeli military:
“The Israeli intelligence community, the Mossad, had a problem. They didn’t have a good way to analyze satellite pictures. I knew that our kids - people with autism - they have their own strengths. Some of them have very good vision. So we put one and one together. We taught them how to read satellite imaging. We got them used to doing it, and we created a special environment for them, what we called an autism-friendly environment - and we got to work. And after four or six months, the results showed that they are three times more productive, and four times more accurate than their peers. So the Mossad said, give us more. Today they have 100. So that was the start.”
His experiences in Israel gave him clarity on building his own program:
“First, we decided that we’d focus on employment. So that they’d have a place that they could come and work, that they’d have people like themselves, they’d have a community and social life, and they’d have job training on a high level.”
On a recommendation from a family member of a participant, Tov organized a mammogram reading and analysis trial for adults with autism. The program remains in existence today.
“We have a small career center in Morris County and we’re going to bring one over here, and we’re teaching a group of 10 people how to look at mammograms. About 7 out of 10 are not verbal - we teach them how to compare the mammograms - they use a screen, and they mark differences between one and the other, and then the radiologist can do the diagnosis. It save a lot of time for the radiologist - because they can focus on the diagnosis and not the screening. It gives them 60% more time, and we are increasing the accuracy of the earlier diagnosis by 10 to 15 percent, which is quite good.”
He emphasized that the philosophy of JoyDew critically valued the cultivation of talent:
“We call this Talent and Career Development. We develop the talent of our members, and then the career side, we want to train them in about 15 different jobs, all of them technology and media related… We see that all of these adults have strengths - and when we talk about strengths, when you compare their strengths in these areas to their peers, they are competitive to their peers. They just need to have the right environment and the right way to train them to do the work and to deliver the work. And then they can do much better in certain areas than their peers.”
He elaborated on the ideas that underpin his beliefs:
“If you want to get people employed, you have to find their strengths. But you have to create the environment that will support their needs. And if you don’t create this environment, it makes it harder to succeed… If you treat them like a stigma, like there is no human being inside, you’re missing out.”
When asked to elaborate on his views, Tov compared the social and economic treatment of people with autism to his own experiences as an immigrant:
“I think the best example - and I am part of it - is immigration, the immigrant experience. When I came from Israel to the U.S., I had very bad English. You come, you’re full of knowledge, you just don’t have the ability to express it. And then people look at you as if you’re not smart, you don’t have potential. One thing that when I tried to communicate to people is to make the analogy between different groups.”
In closing, Too spoke about the critical role parents must play in the post 21 experience:
“This kind of effort is not done by one person. We need a village. And the village is the parents. Because the parents are the ones who care about it. We have to come together and agree about what were doing and do it.”
“We are building a new path. I haven’t seen a program like this. If I did, I most likely would’ve sent my kids there.” - Moish Tov

New Jersey Creates Ombudsman for Disability Services

Posted By: Sam Fogelgaren on January 12, 4:24 AM

Earlier this week, Governor Chris Christie signed A-3824 into law. The law 'establishes Office of Ombudsman for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families.'

From Lilo H. Stainton of NJ Spotlight: "Estimated to cost anywhere from $150,000 to $1.9 million annually, depending on its workload, the ombudsman and a limited staff would be responsible for helping individuals access appropriate federal, state, and local services; assisting them with communications with government agencies and dispute resolution, while serving as neutral arbitrators; identifying patterns of complaints and recommend improvements; and working with state agencies to better reach those they serve. In addition, the office would be required to report its work to state officials, the governor and the lawmaker each year."

Outgoing Governor Approves Array of Healthcare Programs - NJ Spotlight


Tax Bill Information

Posted By: Sam Fogelgaren on December 22, 1:43 PM

On December 20th, Congress passed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, which is expected to be signed by President Trump in the coming days. The bill will impact the funding of various aspects of disability services. Read the links below to learn more about the bill, its impact on the disability community, and the reaction of various leaders.

Disability and Disaster Response in the Age of Climate Change

Disability Community Responds to Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 Passing

34 things you need to know about the incoming tax law

Tax Bill May Threaten Disability Services

The GOP's Tax Bill Is a War On Disabled People

(The opinions expressed in the links and articles below do not reflect those of the Post21 Club, and the posting of such material does not equal support or an endorsement by Post21 Club of the views expressed)

Contact Information for Service Providers & Institutions

Posted By: Sam Fogelgaren on December 19, 1:32 AM

Institutions & Providers

Alpine Learning Group
555 Goffle Road, Suite 102
Ridgewood, NJ 07450 ft
Arc of Bergen/Passaic Counties
223 Moore Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Arc of New Jersey
985 Livingston Avenue
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Asperger's Skill Building Network of
WPU, Dept. of Special Ed. & Counseling
1600 Valley Rd.
Wayne, NJ 07470
Bergen County Special Services
296 East Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

Broadway Medical Adult Day Services
Broadway Respite and Homecare
17-17 Broadway
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

The Center for Family Support
205 Robing Road, Suite 122
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-678-0370 x552
Community Options
506 Hamburg Turnpike
Wayne, NJ 07470
Easter Seals-NJ
194 Route 17 North
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Eastern Christian Children's Retreat
700 Mountain Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Friendship House
296 E. Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

F.S.E.C. 21 and Over Program at
Felician College
460 Passaic Avenue
Lodi, NJ 07644
Institute for Behavioral Health and
Developmental Disabilities
Located at the JCC of Paramus
304 E. Midland Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
Institute for Educational Achievement
381 Madison Avenue
New Milford, NJ 07646

Jespy House
102 Prospect Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670

LEAP-Life Enrichment and
Achievement Program
Two Park Avenue
Dumont, NJ
Marble Jam Kids
954 Kinderkamack Road
River Edge, NJ 07661
New Concepts for Living
68 A West Passaic Street
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Opportunity Center
13-19 Fair Lawn Ave
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Pride Programs (ECLC School)
2 locations: Paramus, NJ 07652 and
Chatham, NJ 07928

Progressive Comprehensive Services, LLC
Main office: 100 Hanover Ave, Suite 103
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
Bergen site: 56 Ridgewood Road,
Township of Washington, NJ 07676

Quest Autism Programs
Located in the Wyckoff "Y" but different
program than Shining Star Express
691 Wyckoff Ave
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Spectrum for Living

210 Rivervale Rd, Suite 3
RiverVale, NJ 07675
Spectrum Works
201-552-2055; 201-247-4331
565 Windsor Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Wyckoff YMCA - Shooting Star 21+ Program
201-891-2081 x173
691 Wyckoff Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481