Posted: Tue, 03/03/2015 - 19:05 | Posted by: Randi C. Friedman | The New Normal
Randi C. Friedman

Oral deafness may be the most misunderstood of disabilities even though, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America, one in ten people in our country fit this description: that is, they have some degree of hearing loss and do not speak sign language. Almost everyone knows someone who is oral deaf.

Yet, when I say that I am an Open Captioner to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, once the word “deaf” is uttered, most people imagine or mimic a person talking with their hands via American Sign Language (ASL). This familiar image of a deaf person is one of many barriers that prevent a large population of deaf people from gaining access to communication that hearing people take for granted.

Posted: Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:51 | Posted by: The Ruderman Family Foundation | The New Normal

The Ruderman Family Foundation announced today the launch of the fourth annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion global competition. The Prize aims to recognize organizations around the world who have demonstrated their commitment to the full inclusion of people with disabilities into the Jewish community through innovative programs and services. The $250,000 prize will be split equally by five organizations.

“Innovative organizations in the global Jewish community are leading the way in promoting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in our society,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation.

Posted: Sun, 03/01/2015 - 16:24 | Posted by: Orlee Krass | The New Normal
Purim Gragger. Courtesy of Matan

Editor's Note: Purim comes Wednesday evening and we are delighted to share resources from Matan to help children and teens acclimate to what can be a sensory-overwhelming holiday.

Posted: Sun, 02/22/2015 - 08:26 | Posted by: Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer | The New Normal
Yozma

The Nativ College Leadership Program is launching a new track on Nativ called “Yozma.” Yozma will be an inclusion track for college-bound Jewish young adults, aged 18-21, with mild cognitive and social challenges. 

Posted: Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:36 | Posted by: Michelle Steinhart | The New Normal
The author's children. Courtesy of Michelle Steinhart

The concept of inclusion seems important to most people. On a gut level, most people would agree strongly that “it’s the right thing to do.”  With that said, are we ready to change our behavior to ensure inclusion can be a reality?

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