Jewish inclusion leaders recognize that while JDAIM has changed attitudes in Jewish organizations, movements, camps, schools and synagogues, there remains work to be done to recognize the needs of the 20 percent of the population that has some kind of disability.
To achieve the full inclusion of people with disabilities in our Jewish community, funding is essential — from training educators to upgrading buildings that lack basic access for wheelchair users.
Advancing understanding and creating effective educational, spiritual and social participation for the deaf and hard of hearing. It may require schools to hire more personnel. Access and engagement of adults with lifelong, temporary or newly developed disabilities.
Strategies for creating inclusive programming for youth group, high school and college students. Courtesy of Jewish Learning Venture. Our community must understand that the younger generations that many people want to attract to be part of our Jewish community already prioritize a diverse community which includes people with disabilities. Disabilities advocate Matan Koch: Creating entry points, access and participation in worship for all members of our communities.
Strategies, tools and skills to assist your community in becoming more inclusive in the New Year and beyond. Effective strategies and tools to create successful inclusive Jewish educational experiences for all children and all kinds of learners.
Go to this Study Session. Strategies and tools for nurturing Jewish educational experiences for young children with disabilities while shaping positive attitudes towards disabilities.
You can find them here. Courtesy of Matan Koch.
Access To Jewish Education in Boston. While Jewish schools now want to be inclusive, professional development is needed to provide teachers, tutors, youth workers and all of the professionals who work with children and teens the training that they need.
However, Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, observes the challenge of bringing other funders on board with the work of inclusion. Develop additional skills, strategies and understanding to make possible the full participation of all people with disabilities.