Introducing The JARC Center for Autism and Rehabilitation Services


JARC, an organization serving people with disabilities and their families, has announced the opening of The JARC Center for Autism and Rehabilitation Services.

Located at JARC’s Lois and Paul Katzman Administrative Building in Farmington Hills, the new Center will focus on providing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy services. The 3,500-square-foot facility features new state-of-the-art equipment including a Pediatric Sensory Integration Room with a “Class Champs” gym set, a Pneu-Walker Body Weight Support System, and a Thera-Band Rehab and Wellness Station, along with much more to aid in delivering the best possible care. 

"The JARC Center was created to help meet a growing demand in our community for state-of-the-art, life-changing therapies and treatments," said Bob Blumenfeld, JARC’s Chief Executive Officer. "The Center’s unique approach incorporates our Culture of Gentleness and our JARC Heart philosophy in a comprehensive array of evidenced-based practice that emphasizes safety, compassion and engagement."

ABA therapy, a primary service offering at The JARC Center, is widely recognized as the single most effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Over 1,000 peer-reviewed, scientific articles describe ABA successes and show it to be the most effective method to teach children and adolescents with autism.

For individuals recovering from traumatic brain and spinal injuries, JARC understands the road to recovery isn’t just about healing the body, but rebuilding lives. The JARC Center will provide customized physical therapy services and treatments for catastrophic injuries. Speech therapists will help patients relearn language and reading skills or find alternate ways to communicate. Expert speech and language pathologists will help patients rebuild problem-solving abilities.

Highly-trained occupational therapists will help relearn decision-making and organizational skills while working on important memory techniques to help manage daily tasks.  All therapies will come together toward the goal of regaining or sustaining the highest level of independence.

The grand opening of The JARC Center for Autism and Rehabilitation Services is scheduled for Sunday, February 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event is open to the public and families are welcome to attend and enjoy a tour of the new facility.  Please RSVP as space is limited. For more information or to make reservations, please call 248.488.7564.

The JARC Center for Autism and Rehabilitation Services is located at 30301 Northwestern Highway, Suite 300 in Farmington Hills, Michigan. It’s open by appointment only Monday – Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 248.912.1780 or visit

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JARC Announces New CEO - Robert Blumenfeld

Robert Blumenfeld will advance JARC's mission and help people with disabilities live full, secure and inclusive lives

December 9, 2015 – Farmington Hills, Mich.– JARC, a nonprofit that serves people with developmental disabilities and their families, has announced the selection of Robert (Bob) Blumenfeld as the new Chief Executive Officer, created by the departure of Rick Loewenstein in May. 

The selection was made after a regional search and selection process, during which Rena Friedberg served as interim-CEO, while also supporting JARCs fundraising efforts as Chief Development Officer.

“The board of directors was impressed with Bob’s extensive technical experience, outstanding leadership skills, collaborative approach to problem solving and his enthusiasm for our mission,” JARC’s Board Chair, David Grand said. “We strongly believe Bob is right person to drive our organization’s growth and advance our mission.

Bob has tremendous experience in both the private and non-profit sectors, and has spent the last 28-plus years working with organizations who, like JARC, are in the human services field. Most recently, Bob served as Chief Financial Officer at The Children's Center, a Detroit-based agency which provides comprehensive programming in the mental health, child welfare and educational arenas.   Bob's role at The Children's Center extended beyond finance where he provided support to the organization’s Finance, Human Resources, IT, Campus Operations and Quality arenas.  

“Bob has a track record of success in helping human services non-profit agencies thrive operationally and financially,” Grand said, “He is a humble and compassionate leader with values that mesh perfectly with JARC's making him the best person to move our organization forward.”

“JARC is at a critical time in its development,” said Friedberg. “We just wrapped up a successful fundraiser and a sold out young adult pre-glow;  we recently secured an end-of-year match on new and increased gifts; and, in January we will open The JARC Center for Autism and Rehabilitation Services.  As an organization, we have a lot to be proud of and we look forward to Bob’s leadership and guidance in continuing to provide support to over 200 people in 90 different settings to live full, secure and inclusive lives.”

For more information contact Rena Friedberg at or 248-488-7522