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'Special Needs,' 'Inclusion,' 'Disability' Or None Of The Above? Why Labels Matter

I've often thought about the question of the terms we use such as “Special Needs,” “Inclusion,” or “Disability,” and which words are best to open lines of communication? I do not have any hearing in my right ear. I also have a noticeable facial discoloration on parts of my right face that leads some people to think that I have had a stroke, and, over the years, I have used several orthotic devices and sometimes a cane for balance.

"Label Jars Not People." Courtesy of Jay Wilson

Multiple Chanukah Events For Jewish Deaf Community

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared at chabad.org here.

One of the primary lessons of Chanukah is to increase in light and goodness. This certainly seems to be the case for the deaf Jewish community in the United States, where an expected 700 people will celebrate at no less than four different giant menorah-lightings.

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the first night of Chanukah, Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff of the Jewish Deaf Foundation was joined by faculty and students for the third annual public menorah-lighting ceremony on the campus of Gallaudet University, the Washington, D.C.-based liberal-arts institution where all programs and services are geared for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Jewish Deaf artist Hinda Kasher. Courtesy of Chabad

A Letter To My Dad

Dear Dad:

We are both deaf and we both know no limits.  It is the greatest gift you have given me as my father.  As a young child, I watched you coach a deaf water polo team and a deaf basketball team, collaborate with the early stage technology institutions to help bring the internet and computers to the deaf community, raise funds for the nation’s deaf youth, and co-found the nation’s first and only deaf owned manufacturer of assistive technology products for the deaf and hard of hearing with Mom.

Silent Lessons: Hiking With Israel's Association Of The Deaf

In LOTEM, we guide groups of people with special needs in nature and after a year, I can say wholeheartedly that I have gained experience working with a wide range of populations. 

Tali Nahir

Sign Of The (Inclusive) Times

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Sixty-three Israeli boys and girls celebrated their Jewish coming-of-age in a unique joint bar/bat mitzvah ceremony in northern Jerusalem one recent Monday morning.

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Dispatch From The Jewish Deaf Congress

Ever since 1956, when the very first convention took place in New York City, the Jewish Deaf Congress (formerly known as the NCJD – National Congress of Jewish Deaf) long ago earned a cherished place in the hearts of Jewish deaf people in the United States. It is the address where everybody can meet up with former classmates and reminisce about the old days. It is also the place where so many Jewish deaf singles have found their matches – among them, my parents.

Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff

Jobs: What People With Disabilities Can Do To Improve Their Prospects

Todd Morrison is an exceptional communicator -- who happens to be deaf. I met Todd through my networking in the deaf community, which I undertake as a recruiter who is committed to giving the best IT opportunities to all job seekers, including people with disabilities.

Todd Morrison

If Only It Were Just TV: Schools For The Deaf Are Closing

On Monday, March 4th, the television show 'Switched at Birth' did something on mainstream TV that had never been done before. It ran an episode in sign language. Some viewers thought at first that the sound on their television was broken.

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