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Posted: Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:05 | Posted by: Nina Mogilnik | The New Normal
Nina Mogilnik and her son. Courtesy

Last night in our house was one of those, “Boy am I glad we have thick walls and don’t live in an apartment building” times. Why?  Because I would hate to have the neighbors hear us screaming at Noah, our son who has autism, to hear him yelling at us, and hear us shouting at each other.

Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 09:31 | Posted by: Justin Ellis | The New Normal
The Ruderman Prize In Inclusion. Courtesy of The Ruderman Family Foundation

Five exemplary organizations and companies from around the world round out the 2016 class of Ruderman Inclusion Prize winners, announced today, each receiving $50,000 for demonstrating model inclusion for people with disabilities

Posted: Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:08 | Posted by: Melinda Jones | The New Normal
Melinda Jones

It came to pass when Isaac was old, and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called Esau his elder son, and he said to him, "My son," and he said to him, "Here I am." [Genesis Chapter 27:1}

Isaac’s problem with his vision is the first time that we confront an overt disability in the Torah. (The first mentioned disability is infertility, but this is a “hidden disability”). So it’s not surprising that there have been a number of different responses to Isaac’s blindness and explanations proffered about how and why Isaac was afflicted in this way.  In these responses we can see a range of different perspectives on disability that are commonly held and which inform the various ways we view disability.

Posted: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 15:22 | Posted by: JTA | The New Normal
raeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat this week. Screenshot/Youtube Tzohar

Israeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat to call attention to the needs of the disabled community within Jewish tradition and in Jewish institutions.

Posted: Wed, 11/30/2016 - 07:13 | Posted by: Steven Eidelman | The New Normal
UN International Day of People With Disabilities. Courtesy of the UN

U. N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marks December 3rd as the International Day of People with Disabilities

"We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This global blueprint for action summons us to 'leave no one behind'."

If his words come to fruition it will be a leap forward for people with disabilities, their families and their communities. There are about 7 billion of us on this planet, one billion of who have some form of disability.  About 10% of people with disabilities worldwide are children and 80% of people with disabilities live in the developing world.

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