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JDAM Networking and Community Building Workshops

JFNA partnered with RespectAbility to host a series of convenings for all of us who are passionate about the advocacy agenda of the JDAM sessions. We gathered informally on Zoom for facilitated discussions, sharing strategies, learning from each other, and planning action steps so that together we can pursue disability justice and inclusion for all. Each session was broken up into facilitated networking groups with questions designed both to introduce people to each other and find opportunities for commonality and collaboration. Each attendee attended 2 25 minute sessions. Each event concluded with the opportunity to engage JFNA’s JDAM calls to action, by virtually reaching out to your elected officials.

Week 1

Thursday, February 4 at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
Topics: Owning Our Passion, Finding Our Fight and Building a Culture of Belonging.

Week 2

Thursday, February 11 at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
Topics: Addressing Mental Health Challenges and Isolation, Disability in Israel, and Empowering Youth with Disabilities and Their Families.

Week 3

Thursday, February 18 at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
Topics: Advocacy and Civic Engagement on Disability Issues.

Meet the Author

Matan Koch

Matan A. Koch is Vice President for Workforce and Faith Programs at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. A longtime national leader in disability advocacy and a wheelchair user himself, he is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

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