The Compass Project

Compass Rock ClimingThe Compass Project helps teens and young adults with learning differences, executive functioning and social communication challenges, Autism Spectrum disorders, and related disabilities. The Compass Project is designed to help young people plan for and make a successful transition from high school, college, or unemployment to the workplace and independent adulthood. Our program offers counseling, social and recreation programs, career and psychological assessment, internship opportunities, vocational assistance through ACCES-VR, college support, and independent living programs for young people making the transition to an independent future.


Effective July 1, 2016, all JCCA Long Island Compass programs have concluded. We are very grateful to the Long Island community partners and families for their continued participation and support. For more information to find alternative resources in your area, please contact Valerie Rosen, Director of Compass Project,

Valerie Rosen, LMSW
Compass Director
914-761-0600 ext 235

Compass Westchester
Diana Benattar, Coordinator
914-761-0600 ext 225
845 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603

Compass Flowers.jpegSummer internships bring new friends and new confidence

JCCA’s Compass Project helps young people on the Autism Spectrum (or with other learning differences) make a successful transition from high school or college to the workplace and independent adulthood. Young adults on the Autism Spectrum are often challenged by such tasks as finding and keeping a job, learning to socialize and make friends. This summer, JCCA placed many interns in jobs; Cara, a cheerful 17-year-old on the Autism Spectrum, was one of them.

FresoloneFirst Compass Fundraiser a Huge Success

Two hundred people attended the very successful first “Toast to Success" to benefit JCCA's Compass Project. The program helps teens on the autism spectrum and related disabilities learn important social skills, transition to work and live productive, independent lives. A rapt audience heard two of the honorees, Ralph and Jeannette Fresolone, talk movingly about how Compass has helped their daughter, Olivia. They said, “Olivia’s dream to work with animals has been realized thanks to the help of JCCA. Our job as parents of a child with special needs is to make certain that her enthusiasm for life and the promise it holds for her is never extinguished. And with the help of all of you, family, friends and JCCA, that will never happen.” The Somerset Gardens Senior Living Center was also honored at the event. See the rest of the photos in the March 2014 Issue of Growing Up >

Kristen and Mary H.

Kristen H.
Compass Participant

“I’ve always loved books, especially fantasy, adventure and mysteries, so I really wanted to work in a library. But I wasn’t so good with people, and I needed help with that.” Her mother realized that “the single most important skill Kristen needed to learn was how to conduct a job interview. All the Compass staff members were terrific. They helped Kristen hit the ground running, and she landed the job at each of her three interviews!” 
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