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The Book Of Life And Prosperity: Employment In The Disability Community

On Shabbat and holidays, we refrain from praying to God about financial concerns.  We concentrate instead on the spiritual dimension of our lives.

Rabbi Michael Levy

Window On Washington: How You Can Help Your Governor

Today in Milwaukee, governors from across the country will meet for the National Governors Association summer meeting, and I am thrilled to tell you that they share our goal of of empowering people with disabilities to achieve the American dream by working in a real job for a real wage.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Donn Weinberg of RespectAbilityUSA

Tell The Senate To Ratify The UN Convention On Disability Rights

Our sage, Hillel, asks, “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?” (Ethics of the Fathers 1:14)

This summer’s U.S. legislative season will give us Jews with disabilities, in fact all Americans with disabilities, the opportunity to respond fully to the last two of Hillel’s three questions.

Rabbi Lynne Landsberg

In Memory Of My Son, A Plea And A Plan To Make Synagogues Wheelchair-Accessible

Today, April 12, marks the 6-year anniversary of my son’s passing. Nathaniel was 21 yrs old when he died from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) a progressive deteriorative condition that caused him to spend most of his life using a wheelchair.

Shelley Cohen

"Disability" vs "Special Needs"

"Words simultaneously reflect and reinforce our attitudes and perceptions; words shape our world."

-- Kathie Snow, "The Case Against 'Special Needs'"

As a person who has met life with a significant level of cerebral palsy, and as a lover of words and their nuances, I have, throughout my life, tracked the nomenclature that has been applied to those of us who don’t quite fit into established physical, intellectual, communication, sensory, psychological or social "norms."

Sharon Shapiro-Lacks

Ask A Lawyer: Doesn't A Jewish School Have To Admit Children With Disabilities?

In this column, special education lawyer and advocate Regina Skyer will address reader’s questions and concerns regarding their child’s special education needs, as well as the services, programs and entitlements available within New York City. She asks readers to send their questions to rskyer@skyerlaw.com. For more on how the column works, click here.

Question: Can I bring a lawsuit against a yeshiva that refused admission to my child due to his disability?

Regina Skyer

1 In 50 Children Has Autism: U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman Responds

A new and troubling study is out today showing that 1 in 50 American school children are on the autism spectrum. That is a dramatically higher number than the already high numbers of 1 in 88 children that was released in March of last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman

Experts, Politicians Testify On Disability Employment Before U.S. Senate

I’m blogging from the full Senate HELP committee hearing on “State Leadership and Innovation in Disability Employment." Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat of Iowa, who recently announced that he will not seek re-election, chairs the HELP committee and these proceedings. He is considered the most important champion of the rights of people with disabilities in the Senate today.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell. Getty Images

Welcome To The New Normal: Disability Rights, Not 'Special Needs'

In the second half of the 20th century, the Jewish community did the impossible; after decades of struggle, Soviet Jewry emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, empowered to emigrate as a result of intense international pressure. Amazingly, a tiny, historically marginalized people emerged victorious against the vast Soviet empire.  Looking back, a few key factors made the impossible a reality: a community-wide organizing strategy, the strength and centrality of the voices of Soviet Jews themselves and a clear, unequivocal and uncompromising moral demand. Today, as the Jewish community begins to grapple with the question of how to fulfill its long forgotten responsibilities to its members with disabilities, we would do well to learn from our past.

Ari Ne'eman
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