Students with Challenges

JHP values its partnerships with a number of institutions that care for and serve students with special needs, disabilities and challenges.

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students with special needs

JHP offers programs to students with diverse developmental and other special needs and backgrounds, and our programs are adapted to their unique needs. Many of these students struggle to communicate, and photography offers a new and creative voice providing different and unique perspectives.

The camera offers all the opportunity to capture, express and share one's vision, quickly and easily, without verbal communication or manual dexterity. What matters is the eye. Partner schools have included Birch Family Services, Cooke Center, Marilyn David IVDU School, Pace University Oasis Program and Job Path.

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brain injury association

JHP works with students recovering from brain injuries, and has partnered with the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)to do so. Learning photography supports students to regain their sense of confidence, visual skills, sense of connection to their environment and a passion for creativity through photography. 

BIAA is the country's oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Their mission is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury. Through advocacy, they bring help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injuries, their families and the professionals who serve them.

JHP programs serve students with brain injuries and has worked with them to make photography about their journey to reconnect with their lives and communities in their rehabilitation from their injury, and to impart their vision of the world and their community.