Sasone, the program for children with special needs, hires new director

Sasone, a community-wide program that provides support for Jewish children with special needs, has named a new director. Lindsey Lipsky has taken over the role from Perry Hilvitz, who served in the position for 13 years.

Sasone, which is the Hebrew word for “joy,” was founded in 1995 by Steve and Sandy Passer, along with Alan Edelman. The program has served hundreds of children since its inception, and currently serves approximately 175 school-age children identified with developmental, physical, mental or behavioral issues in the Kansas City metro area.

Sasone, which operates under the umbrella of Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, works to ensure children with special needs can attend Jewish preschools, religious and Hebrew schools, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, and area Jewish summer camps.

Lipsky has been with Sasone since 2015 as a consultant, working with families and schools to help support kids that have different needs and making sure they have inclusive environments. She has a 17-year background as a special educator, teacher trainer, instructional coach and nonprofit management leader.

“Lindsey brings fresh energy and the experience of someone who’s worked in the program for several years,” said Andi Milens, Federation’s senior director of community building, who oversees the program. “We’re very excited to see where she takes it.