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Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center | brought to you by the Union for Reform Judaism & Ruderman Foundation

Learn new strategies for inclusion, apply to become an Exemplar Congregation and receive a certificate of recognition

This is the place to access webinars, videos, and written resources from top professionals, interact with experts, and consult other congregations and Reform Movement staff members on involving people with disabilities and their families.

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News & Announcements

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)!

Click here to read all of the wonderful blog posts and articles from the URJ and Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center contributors in 2017.

The URJ-Ruderman Disabilities Inclusion Initiative was proud to partner with Whole Community Inclusion at Jewish Learning Ventures on a fabulous webinar led by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer that is great for all Jewish Holidays.  Click here to watch this important webinar today!

Miriam Heyman, Ph.D, Program Officer at the Ruderman Family Foundation, created two excellent webinars on Inclusive Employment. You can find them here.

Apply now to be recognized at Biennial 2019 for Inclusion Work!  Is your congregation successful in one or more areas of inclusion?  Click here to apply to become an Exemplar Congregation.  Exemplar Congregations will be recognized at Biennial 2019 for efforts at inclusion of people with disabilities.  Congregations who are unable to attend Biennial will receive a certificate of recognition for their efforts.

This great list of “10 Tips on Creating and Effective Inclusion Team” is taken from Brookes Publishing‘s The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox.  Download the infographic today to find great tips for creating your congregation’s inclusion team!

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Adults in Communal Life

2 Study Sessions

Access and engagement of adults with lifelong, temporary or newly developed disabilities

Advocacy & Community Partnerships

4 Study Sessions

Engaging congregants of all ages in advocating for disabilities inclusion as a human rights issue

B'nai Mitzvah

4 Study Sessions

Specific, educationally sound and spiritually sensitive strategies to prepare all kinds of learners to become B’nai Mitzvah

Deafness

2 Study Sessions

Advancing understanding and creating effective educational, spiritual and social participation for the deaf and hard of hearing

Early Childhood Education

2 Study Sessions

Strategies and tools for nurturing Jewish educational experiences for young children with disabilities while shaping positive attitudes towards disabilities

Employment

2 Study Sessions

Highlighting the importance and benefits of inclusive employment, and providing skills and strategies to become a more inclusive employer

General Inclusion

7 Study Sessions

Develop additional skills, strategies and understanding to make possible the full participation of all people with disabilities

High Holidays

5 Study Sessions

Strategies, tools and skills to assist your community in becoming more inclusive in the New Year and beyond

Mental Health

6 Study Sessions

Ways of advancing understanding while creating spiritual and social support for those living with mental illness

Religious School

7 Study Sessions

Effective strategies and tools to create successful inclusive Jewish educational experiences for all children and all kinds of learners

Youth Group, High School & College Programming

5 Study Sessions

Strategies for creating inclusive programming for youth group, high school and college students

Worship

2 Study Sessions

Creating entry points, access and participation in worship for all members of our communities

Our Contributors

Teachers & Leaders

Howard Blas

Howard Blas

Director, National Ramah Tikvah Network

Director, National Ramah Tikvah Network

Shelly Christensen

Shelly Christensen

CEO, Inclusion Innovations

CEO, Inclusion Innovations

Maria Hartman

Maria Hartman

Instructor & Student Teaching Coordinator, Columbia Teachers College

Instructor & Student Teaching Coordinator, Columbia Teachers College

Rabbi Evan Jaffe

Rabbi, Flemington JCC

Meredith Polsky

Meredith Polsky

Director of Training and Advocacy, Matan

Director of Training and Advocacy, Matan

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