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Jewish Disability Advocacy Month is Next Month!

Before we share some exciting news, we wanted to say something about the events of the past week in Washington, D.C. The violence we witnessed on Capitol Hill was awful, unacceptable and profoundly painful. What we saw happen should never have happened and should never happen again. We also know that people might be facing mental health challenges because of these events. Please reach out if you need help. The suicide hotline is free, friendly and there for you. Call 800-273-8255.

Graphic with text - Educate. Engage. Empower. February 2021 JDAM Jewish Disability Advocacy MonthRespectAbility is excited to announce that we will be partnering with The Jewish Federations of North America’s Jewish Disability Advocacy Month. We will be hosting three Networking & Community Building Workshops. JDAM will be a month of education, solidarity-building, and empowerment of people with disabilities. We will be coming together to break down barriers to opportunity and inclusion for and with people with disabilities.

During JDAM you will hear from thought leaders and experts in the field, regarding the current state of disability rights, and steps we can take to promote the best inclusion and supportive care practices. Further your education in advocacy strategies and help put the needs and rights of people with disabilities in the agenda of the Biden administration and the 117th Congress.

JDAM will be an exciting four weeks filled with virtual events to help learn and further knowledge of disability rights, inclusion, and accessibility. The schedule of events is as follows:


Week 1

JDAM Kickoff – Our Time, Our Fight
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Time: 7pm ET/4pm PT

A Culture of Belonging at Your JCC
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 12pm ET/9am PT

Networking & Community Building Workshop
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 3pm ET/12pm PT

Week 2

Mental Health & Isolation
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Time: 3pm ET/12pm PT

Ready, Willing & Able: Disability Advocacy in Israel
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 12pm ET/9am PT

Supporting & Including Youth with Disabilities
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 7pm ET/4pm PT

Networking & Community Building Workshop
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 3pm ET/12pm PT

Week 3

Mobilizing Canadians for Inclusion
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Time: 3pm ET/12pm PT

Smart Business: The Case for Inclusive Hiring
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Time: 12pm ET/9am PT

Networking & Community Building Workshop
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 3pm ET/12pm PT

Fighting Stigma with Effective Storytelling
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 8pm ET/5pm PT

Week 4

The 2021 Disability Rights Policy Agenda
Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Time: 7pm ET/4pm PT

Effective Advocacy for Inclusive Policy
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 3pm ET/12pm PT

“We the People” Means All of Us
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 12pm ET/9am PT

JDAM Closing – Making Inclusion a Reality
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 3pm ET/12pm PT


Join us for a month of fun and learning about disability issues and best practices for providing inclusion and accessibility for all.

Partners for these events include:

BBYO
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
Foundation for Jewish Camp
Hillel International
JCC Association of North America
Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month
Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
and RespectAbility

To register for any and/or all of these wonderful events, please visit https://www.jotform.com/203376197624966.

From the RespectAbility family to your own, I wish you a Shabbat Shalom and look forward to participating in Jewish Disability Advocacy Month with you and all of our partners.

Matan Koch
Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership

Meet the Author

Matan Koch
Matan Koch

Matan A. Koch is the Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. A longtime national leader in disability advocacy and a wheelchair user himself, he leads Project Moses, RespectAbility’s Los Angeles-based Jewish leadership project, and is also on the front lines in many other areas of RespectAbility’s work, including: disability inclusion in philanthropy and nonprofits, Jewish outreach and impact, leadership, legal affairs and our continuing Los Angeles expansion.

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