Adler Center For Special Needs


Sharon Hanover, MSW
Adler Center Director

(516) 822-3535, x332  |

Sharon obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work and has more than 18 years of experience working with young children through adults with special needs. Her extensive experience includes day camps, social skills building programs as well as program development and curriculum.

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Stephanie Ozner, MSW 
Adler Center Assistant Director

(516) 822-3535, x356  |

Stephanie's bio is coming soon.

Danielle Jackowitz, MSW
Vocational & Adult Program Coordinator

(516) 822-3535, x390  |

Danielle obtained her master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.  She has been working with individuals with special needs for over 17 years, mainly focusing on teen, adult and vocational programming. She is eager to expand the extensive programs offered at MIYJCC to offer new and exciting programs for the adult population.

Lilach Koch
Access Coordinator

(516) 822-3535, x389  |

Lilach been working with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families for 9 years. She has been a service coordination supervisor in Early Intervention and a Special Needs Program Director in a Brooklyn-based JCC. She is also a parent to a child with an autism spectrum disorder.


As Access Coordinator, Lilach helps families navigate the services offered to Nassau County residents, such as assistance with the initial OPWDD Eligibility Determination process, connecting eligible individuals and their families to Medicaid Service Coordinators, Care Coordinators, and Family Brokers, supporting families in expediting the HCBS Medicaid Waiver process, and so much more.

Lauren Watling
Adler Center Administrative Assistant

(516) 822-3535, x303  |

Lauren has been a part of the JCC for the past 16 years. She runs the logistics of our Adler Center for Special Needs. She coordinates the daily operations of the office, takes registration for all classes and programming, and helps keep the lines of communication wide open.

Our Dedicated Staff 

The Adler Center staff is comprised of NYS Certified Special Education Teachers, Social Workers and Psychologists — all with extensive experience working with the special needs population. Our assistants are all well-trained to work with our participants and many are pursuing their educations in related fields. 


Teen workers and volunteers add a special component to our programs and receive specialized training throughout the year. Peer models are utilized in most programs and provide our participants with positive social interactions.