By Arielle Handel and Dan Alpert Throughout the month of February, communities around the world recognized and participated in JDAIM, Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, with the goal of raising awareness and championing the rights of those with differing abilities, as well as creating more inclusive Jewish communities where everyone feels valued and dignified, no matter their identification. As a leading pluralistic Jewish … [Read more...] about When Big Feels Small: Creating Inclusive Communities at Large-Scale Events
LifeChanger FSU, a proactive human services organization in the Ukraine, has opened a special education resource room at the Or Avner Jewish School in Nikolaev in southern Ukraine, the first of its kind in Ukrainian schools. The resource room is equipped with a special adjustable desk and chair, a small trampoline, a fitness ball, bean bag chairs and a music corner, and it is staffed by educational specialists, including a special education … [Read more...] about LifeChanger FSU opens First-ever Special Education Resource Room in the Ukraine
By Ed Frim Of course we want to include everyone in synagogue life regardless of their abilities. But when we scratch the surface, it is not so simple. We do not all agree on what inclusion means; we have different reasons, even within Jewish tradition, for focusing on inclusion; and there are many barriers to doing it and doing it right. One of the best definitions of inclusion I’ve read is from Miss Malory, an occupational therapist and … [Read more...] about How Inclusive ARE You (of those with disabilities)?
By Daniel R. Weiss Last week a post on the JEDLab Facebook page, a question was posed asking, “What Tanach references do you have in regards to Jewish disabilities awareness month?” The question got me thinking about what we do in Jewish Day Schools to include all students, no matter their abilities. Walking through the hallways of our school, as I’m sure it is in almost every Jewish Day School across the country, on a daily basis is an … [Read more...] about Fulfilling Our Potential
In September 2016, ALEH, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, joined forces with Israel’s Ministry of Education to launch “Tikkun Olam,” an experiential education program that exposes Israeli high school students to peers with disabilities and imparts the importance of acceptance and inclusion through lectures, workshops and hands-on volunteering opportunities. Building upon the success of its 2016-17 pilot … [Read more...] about ALEH’S ‘Tikkun Olam’ program teaching Israeli Teens importance of Disability Inclusion