Tag - inclusion and special needs

From ASL interpreters to service dogs, Orthodox shuls trying to be more inclusive

Wheelchair-accessible bimah platforms, like this one at Young Israel of Toco Hills, in Atlanta, are among the changes Orthodox synagogues are making to be more inclusive of Jews with disabilities. Photo Courtesy Young Israel of Toco Hills. By Abigail Pickus Erik Bittner can pinpoint the exact moment he felt his son with autism was truly included...

Do We Over-Emphasize Learning Styles?

By Lisa Friedman There is no doubt in my mind that EVERYONE has the ability to learn. We just each go about it differently. From Proverbs, “Teach a child according to his/her own way,” but how do you discover a learner’s “way”? One thought is that a child’s “way” is his/her learning style. Learning style is defined as an...

What Some Camps Are Doing This Summer

By  Marissa Stern As the rising temperatures indicate, summer is officially upon us. And for many kids, in between celebrating school being over, the summer means a chance to get away from it all and head to camp for some bug juice and arts and crafts. For some overnight and day camps, the season offers a chance to offer new programs to pique the...

Affording Inclusion – Part 2

By Lisa Friedman In my previous post, Affording Inclusion – Part 1, I began to explore the necessity of financially supporting inclusion in religious schools and synagogues. I shared that the most commonly asked question when I lead a presentation is: “How do you afford it?” My standard reply? “How can we afford NOT to support...