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Debbie Fink

Our Shabbat Smile is early this week, so you can have time to: consider making some easy, last minute, inclusive changes if you are hosting a seder; or respectfully engage the host, with suggestions for easy, last minute, inclusive changes. This piece on Seder inclusion was written by Dov Hirth, ALEH’s Coordinator of Marketing, Development and Special [click to continue...]

Read the webinar transcript – Coming Soon Download the accessible PowerPoint – Coming Soon Watch the webinar on YouTube with live embedded captions – Coming Soon About Our Presenters Barbara Bookman is CUNY’s University Director of Disability Programs. Prior to her role at CUNY, she was the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities at [click to continue...]

At Beit Issie Shapiro, joy is present every day – this is our protest to a world that views disability through the lens of helplessness and suffering. Beit Issie Shapiro, tucked away in Ra’anana, Israel, is a leadingpioneerofinnovative therapies and services toimprovethe lives of people with disabilities,impacting on almost half a million people annually in [click to continue...]

Read the webinar transcript – Coming Soon Download the accessible PowerPoint Watch the webinar on YouTube with live embedded captions About Our Speakers Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is the President of RespectAbility. She regularly works with disability organizations, national, state and local policy leaders, workforce development professionals, media, employers, philanthropists, celebrities and faith-based organizations in order [click to continue...]

Read the webinar transcript – Coming Soon Download the accessible PowerPoint – Coming Soon Watch the webinar on YouTube with live embedded captions About Our Presenters Donna Meltzer is CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), a national non-profit organization that supports the nation’s 56 governor-appointed Developmental Disabilities Councils that work [click to continue...]

Cori Ashkenazy was only two-and-a-half-years-old when he and his family made Aliyah, making Israel their new home. But it was only after their arrival to Israel that his parents became aware that their son was “different” than other kids his age: after a battery of tests and evaluations, Cori was diagnosed with autism. Undiscouraged, Cori’s family invested [click to continue...]

Read the webinar transcript Download the accessible PowerPoint – Coming Soon Watch the webinar on YouTube – Coming Soon About Our Presenters Rabbi Julie Schonfeld started her career as spiritual leader of the historic congregation, The Society for the Advancement of Judaism on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She currently serves as the Chief Executive [click to continue...]

For this week’s Shabbat Smile, we are honored to share the poignant and personal story of disability advocate Guila Franklin Siegel, Associate Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC). The ER geriatrician was matter-of-fact. “Your father has probably had mini-strokes. Usually we do a CT Scan to confirm the diagnosis but given [click to continue...]

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