On Thursday’s at 2pm and for individual scheduled zoom meetings just click the link below to join the meeting. 




For those of you who don’t have access to a computer or smart phone just call 1.312.626.6799  

When prompted enter the Meeting ID: 764 802 5911# then listen for the instructions. 


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JCCOA Jefferson Center Modified Schedules

The JCCOA Jefferson Center is happy to announce that we are OPENED with modified in person schedules and online activities.  Please check out our Activity Schedule to see what we have planned!  If you are interested in zoom meetings please contact Haley Laird at 304.728.1076 for assitance.

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Todd Davidson: A Rememberance

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of our beloved friend David Todd Davidson.  A beacon of light, Todd was know for his quick smile and his love of music and dancing. He was quite possibly the biggest Redskins fan we’ve ever met, and he rarely went a day without wearing one of his many Redskins hats. We will miss his positive energy and happy smile, but are comforted by our memories of him. Below are a few of our favorite pictures of Todd and his obituary with a hyperlink so that you can sign his guestbook and share some of your memories of him with the family.


David Todd Davidson

( September 26, 1967 – June 04, 2020 )

David Todd Davidson, 52, of Ranson passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020 at Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg.

Born Sept. 26, 1967 at the Winchester Medical Center. He is the son of the late David W. Davidson and Edith (Manuel) Buford.

Mr. Davidson was employed with the Eastern panhandle Training Center.

He was a member of the Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his step-father, Gerald R. Buford, of Ranson; sisters, Tammy R. Painter and husband Robert, of Harpers Ferry, Kimberly Schreckengost and husband Cory, of Winchester, Virginia; aunts, Ruth Manuel, Margaret Breeden, Pam Summers; cousins, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg with Pastor Bill Rowley officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, 1523 Hostler Road, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 or the Jefferson Center, Att: the Kids, 301 North Mildred St., Ranson, WV 25438.

Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at: https://www.mtstrider.com/obituary/david-todd-davidson

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Hello Pen Pals!!


The KKids have a little message for their Pen Pals. Click here to take a look at their video.

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Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, JCCOA Jefferson Center will operate under the Jefferson County School System for closings and delays due to winter road conditions.  This does not include any other closings of delays, only those delay that are caused by hazardous driving conditions due to winter precipitation.


If Jefferson County Schools are operating on a one or two hour delay due to winter road conditions, JCCOA Jefferson Center will be operating on the same delay.


If Jefferson County Schools are under early dismissal or closed due to winter road conditions, JCCOA Jefferson Center will do the same.


If your transportation services are provided through JCCOA, you will need to make different transportation arrangements for days with delays and early dismals.  The JCCOA will not pick up clients on a one/two hour delay but will drop them off in the afternoon.  On days of early dismissal due to winter road conditions guardians are responsible for picking up clients.  If your transportation services are provided through JCCOA, you will need to pick up the client at the JCCOA Jefferson Center.


If the JCCOA Jefferson Center will be operation on a delayed schedule or closed, the voice message on 304.728.1076 will be updated to include this information.  For early dismissal guardians will be notified by phone to pick up the client.  You can also listen to your local news/radio station to learn of delays and closures for Jefferson County Schools.


Please be sure to be proactive during this time of year, if they are calling for a storm and you use JCCOA transportation services please be sure you can make arrangement for early pick up in case of early dismissal.


Closures outside of the Jefferson County School year

In case of a closure outside of the Jefferson County School year due to weather/power outage, the JCCOA Jefferson Center voice message on 304.728.1076 will be updated to include this information.  When possible guardians will also receive a phone call to inform them of closures when outside of the Jefferson County School year.

Thank You,

Haley Laird

JCCOA Jefferson Center Director





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Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of neurodevelopmental disorders with symptoms presenting in early childhood and persisting throughout the lifespan. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 ASDs are characterized by “repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities,” and “persistent deficits in social communication and interaction.”

Symptoms of ASD are categorized by severity in 3 levels ranging from Level 1- requiring support to Level 3- requiring very substantial support. In the past diagnoses of Asperger Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified were considered separate disorders, however these diagnoses are now classified as Autism Spectrum Disorders.

ASD is also commonly diagnosed in conjunction with other disorders or illnesses including but not limited to: ADD, ADHD, anxiety, bi-polar, seizure disorder, sensory processing problems, OCD, depression, and intellectual disability.

Treatment for ASD comes in many forms and is most commonly tailored for each individual and may include medication and engagement in social services as well as behavioral and cognitive training and supports.

It is important to remember that no two people with ASD are alike and that symptoms vary across individuals. ASD is a lifelong diagnosis for which there is no cure. However, with treatment and training some symptoms may lessen. Depending on the severity of symptoms, and with the appropriate supports and treatments in place, individuals with ASD can live independently and work in the community. For more information, see the references section below.







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Seizure Awareness

According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 10% of people may experience an unprovoked seizure in their lifetime. Just one seizure alone does not indicate epilepsy or seizure disorder; however, 1 in 26 people in the US will develop a seizure disorder. About 80% of those individuals can manage their symptoms with medicine, but there is no known cure for seizure disorder. As you can see, seizures and seizure disorder are not rare, so what exactly is a seizure? Though there are many types and classifications of seizures, they are characterized by sudden excessive and abnormal brain activity affecting how a person may appear or behave for a short period of time.

Types of Seizures:


  1. Absence seizures. Also known as petit mal seizures, absence seizures are characterized by staring into space and subtle body movements like eye blinking. They may occur in clusters and cause a brief loss of awareness.
  2. Tonic seizures. These seizures are characterized by a stiffening of the muscles and often times result in a fall to the ground.
  3. Atonic seizures. Similar to tonic seizures, atonic seizures cause a loss of muscle control and may cause you to drop to the ground, hence, their characterization as a “drop” seizure.
  4. Clonic seizures. These seizures are associated with repeated, rhythmic, and jerking muscle movements.
  5. Myoclonic seizures. Similar to clonic seizures, these seizures appear as sudden, brief jerks of the arms and/or legs.
  6. Tonic-clonic seizures. Also known as grand mal seizures, can cause loss of consciousness and are characterized by body stiffening and shaking. These are often the scary to witness.


  1. Simple partial seizures. These seizures may alter a person’s emotions and/or perceptions and may result in involuntary jerking and spontaneous sensory symptoms.
  2. Complex partial seizures. Individuals experiencing this form of seizure will often lose consciousness or awareness, will not respond normally to their environment, and may perform repetitive movements such as hand rubbing, chewing, swallowing, or walking in circles.


  1. Febrile seizures. These seizures are most commonly experience by infants and children and are triggered by infection and high fever.

First Aid Tips and Seizure Facts

  1. You can NOT swallow you tongue during a seizure, so NEVER put something in the mouth of an individual experiencing seizure activity.
  1. Make the individual experiencing the seizure comfortable and help them to the ground if possible, but NEVER restrain them or attempt to hold them down.
  1. Call 911 for prolonged seizure activity in those diagnosed with seizure disorder or epilepsy or immediately in individuals who have never experienced seizures.
  1. Most individuals with seizure disorder can do the same things that people without seizure disorder can do; however, those with more severe symptoms or with frequent seizure activity may be restricted from working or driving and may also experience other problems in day to day life.


*All information was collected from the following sites:




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