ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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Arlen Grad Gaines

Arlen Gaines, MSW, LCSW-C, ACHP-SW is a clinical supervisor and licensed clinical social worker with an advanced certification in hospice and palliative social work. She received a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland with a specialization in Aging. She has been a hospice social worker for over a decade, and has developed a specialization in supporting families who have children with special needs around death and dying. Ms. Gaines lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and two children.

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Meredith Englander Polsky

Meredith Polsky, MSW, LCSW, MS Special Education, has been working at the intersection of social work and special education for more than 15 years. She has a proven track record of recognizing an unmet need and creating a successful solution. She founded Matan, Inc. (www.matankids.org) in the year 2000, recognizing a significant gap in the Jewish community’s ability to include children with special needs and their families. She has successfully taken Matan from the idea stage to a nationally recognized non-profit organization that has changed the face of Jewish education for tens of thousands of families. Ms. Polsky is a 2017 Covenant Award recipient and lives in Gaithersburg, MD with her husband and three children.