RespectAbility USA Sets Its Sights On Jobs, Power For People With Disabilities

Yesterday marked the official launch of RespectAbility USA, a non-profit organization whose mission is helping the 57 million Americans with disabilities achieve the American dream. In RespectAbility’s version that dream, Americans with disabilities are respected members of the workforce and wield significant political power. The current reality, according to RespectAbility, is that 70 percent of working-aged Americans with disabilities are unemployed.

Donn Weinberg and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

A B'nai Amoona Congregant On Why It Won The Ruderman Prize

During my seven summers at Ramah Wisconsin’s Tikvah program, I learned that my bunkmates from other cities struggled to be included with their Jewish peers in their own communities. Many of my disabled peers often had their only Jewish education and Jewish peer interactions during the summer at Ramah, while I felt very fortunate to have had a strong group of Jewish peers and a regular Jewish education at my own synagogue, B’nai Amoona in St. Louis, MO.

Kenneth Kalman and one of the senators from his homestate of Missouri, Claire McCaskill

The Ruderman Prize Winners: A Bakery, Schools And A Shul

Schools, a shul and a bakery won the second annual Ruderman Prize in Disability, which recognizes organizations who foster the inclusion of people with disabilities in their local Jewish community, the Ruderman Family Foundation announced today in a press release.

A snapshot of B'nai Amoona's "radically inclusive" community. Photo courtesy Ruderman Family Foundation

Inclusion And The Waze Acquisition

Two really interesting things happened last week – one that you almost certainly heard about, and one that you almost certainly did not.

Meredith Englander Polsky

Is 'Inclusion' About Parents' Need For Normalcy, An Israeli Asks

Editor's note: The author of this post is the cousin of Jennifer Lazslo Mizrahi, a valued supporter of and contributor to The New Normal.

I recently got together with my cousin Jennifer. Even though we live on two sides of the Atlantic (I live in Israel), she does her best to make sure we stay in touch. When we do meet there's always a lot of catching up. Since both of us have children with disabilities, our discussion inevitably revolves around our kids.

Tami Lehman-Wilzig

The Weinberg Foundation: How To Make Affordable Housing Truly Affordable

Regular readers of this blog know that inclusion is a familiar theme. One of the largest private foundations in the country, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, defines inclusion as people with and without disabilities living together in scattered sites in the community, and people of different income levels to living together—double integration.

The Weinberg Foundation helps make housing truly affordable to people with disabilities. Photo courtesy Weinberg Foundation

A Class Of Hebrew School Teachers Studies Inclusion At 2nd Matan Institute

Hebrew school teachers from across the country are gathered in Manhattan today to learn how to better serve students with disabilities at the second Institute held by Matan, the Jewish organization that helps Hebrew Schools include students with disabilities.

Logo courtesy Matan

Summer Camp Cliffhanger, Pt. 4: Maybe Different Won't Mean Worse

Less than one week of school remains for my kids, and that means that sleepaway camp for my son Ben, who has autism, is right around the corner. And up until a few weeks ago, I was dreading it more than looking forward to it, which might seem strange given the post I recently wrote about how much I and caregivers like me need a break sometimes.

Rabbi Rebecca Schorr

Another Award For Inclusion

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Eric Rosenthal of Disability Rights International won the Charles Bronfman Prize, another major Jewish award is going to a disability community leader.

Howard Blas

Jewish Week Editorial: Day Schools For All Children

About 15 years ago, Meredith Polsky co-founded Matan, a nonprofit that advocates for the right of Jewish students with disabilities to receive a Jewish education.

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