Local Non-Profit Provides Model (Dis)Abilities Program for Cities Nationwide

A Skokie native, Abbie Weisberg, is creating a national model for educational and recreational programming for children with special needs.

Keshet, a unique organization serving individuals with special needs, is now breaking out nationally with the launch of the Keshet Leventhal Professional Development Center, providing full service consultations for communities across America that aspire to replicate the Keshet model. Services include educational, recreational, vocational and social programming.

 “After the consultations we’ve been invited to over the past few years,
we understood that there is a real need outside Chicago to establish
organizations like ours,” says Skokie native Abbie Weisberg, CEO/Executive Director of Keshet.

This year, Weisberg will represent Keshet as one of the featured speakers
at the 2012 International Autism Conference in Jerusalem, Israel,
alongside leading international autism researchers representing over 20

The areas of expertise of Keshet’s professional staff include structured
teaching, effective inclusion, volunteer training, teacher mentorship,
classroom support, ability awareness, peer/buddy training programs,
home/school connection, structured recreation and leisure activities, etc.

To receive more information about the Keshet Leventhal Professional
Development Center, contact Abbie Weisberg at abbie@keshet.org or visit

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