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The author and her husband at a breast cancer event

I believe all people are chosen to make a difference in this world, and in that spirit, I am sharing my story as it relates to breast cancer.

Sheri Denkensohn-Trott
Mr. Rogers helping Jeff Erlanger with breakfast of scrambled eggs

Learn why Jeff Erlanger’s 1981 visit to “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in his electric-powered wheelchair was Fred Rogers’ “most treasured time on the set.”

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Rubins vase as described in this article

Our realities are, to a degree, relative.

Chris Harrison
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
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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