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Senator Tammy Duckworth greets smiling advocates in attendance at Jewish Disability Advocacy Day in Washington DC

I am so grateful for the experience I had at JDAD 2018, and I am inspired by the unique approach the Jewish community takes to advocacy on these complex issues.

Sylvia Levy
US Capitol building against a cloudy blue sky

 

Legislation that creates waiting periods for people with disabilities to exert their rights is unacceptable.

Jonah Baskin
Red and white life preserver with rope against sunny, blue sky with white clouds

I recently reconnected with my rabbi from Brooklyn after I was reminded of what a lifeline she was to me and my family after disability entered our lives.

Joan Hocky
Side profile of a woman wearing a white top and a skirt mde of toilet paper rolls against a white background

Israeli filmmaker Nitzan Gilady’s feature film, Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar) tells the story of Hagit, a young woman with a mild intellectual disability, who lives with her mother and works at a toilet paper factory.

Daphne Macy
Handwritten sign reading DISABILITY RIGHTS ARE CIVIL RIGHTS

Discussions about health care are consuming Washington, D.C. as lawmakers have introduced major legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and implement a new proposal that would make drastic changes to health care coverage.

Nathan Bennett
Little girl from behind wearing superhero cape

This Purim, we recognize modern-day heroes for their courage, chutzpah, integrity, goodness, and – most of all – for inspiring us all to #BeLikeEsther.

Deborah Rood Goldman
Smiling woman leans over two employees at laptop as if to help them with their work

It’s easy to say you want to hire someone with disabilities, but how do you go about it? For me, it’s been trial and error rooted in the philosophy that the best way to accommodate someone is to listen to what they need, and not make any assumptions.

Dana Marlowe
Basket of different kinds of eggs

Although it’s age-appropriate for young children to question physical similarities and differences, it’s important for us to teach them that it’s what’s inside that matters.

Sarah Koffler
Closeup of a mans hand with his index finger running across a Braille page

When I was 7, my parents ordered a braille prayer book for me from the Jewish Braille Institute. When I went to the synagogue with them, I proudly carried my siddur and tried to read along – but I didn’t yet know the Hebrew braille alphabet.

Arielle Silverman
hands stacked one atop another in a show of support and cooperation

Halfway through Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, here are some of the many stories, ideas, and resources that have resulted from this important awareness effort.

Jane E. Herman

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