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UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Urge your Senators to finally ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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URJ Ruderman Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center Now Live

Dec 18, 2014 12:00 AM
Jewish tradition teaches us that all human beings are created in the divine image, b’tzelem Elohim (Genesis 1:27), teaching us that people of all abilities are deserving of the same opportunities and respect. The Reform Movement has a long history of working to remove barriers to the full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities, […]

ABLE Act’s Senate Passage a Moral Victory for People with Disabilities

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM
In response to Senate passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014, Barbara Weinstein, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: “We applaud the Senate for passing the ABLE Act and look forward to President Obama signing this important disability rights legislation into law. […]

Beyond the ADA: Learning about the Continuous Fight for Disability Rights

Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM
When I first learned that I would be the legislative assistant (LA) working on Disability Rights at the RAC, I was very excited; disability rights was a social justice issue that had interested me for a long time but was an advocacy issue with which I had little experience . From my time attending Jewish […]
Jewish tradition teaches us of our obligation to ensure equal access for all people and to help facilitate the full participation of individuals with disabilities in religious and public life.
The Union for Reform Judaism and its affiliates have passed policy resolutions expanding on our commitment to ensuring and protecting the rights of people with disabilities.
As part of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC), the URJ is encouraging all of its congregations and affiliates to sign on to this statement. Please identify yourself as a URJ congregation when completing the sign-on form.
More than 50 million Americans live with some form of disability, making Americans with disabilities one of the largest yet least protected and most underrepresented minorities in America today.
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Teens at URJ Kutz Camp made this slideshow to tell you why it's important to take action and urge the Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Say YES! Building Inclusive Communities Video Series

Learn from experts Shelly Christensen and Lisa Friedmanhow to make your community more accessible and welcoming to all. The webinars offer big-picture guidance, strategies and opportunities for advocacy:

  • Start an inclusion initiative (Part I)
  • Foster a culture of inclusion (Part I)
  • Engage parents as partners (Part II)
  • Special Needs Education Best Practices & Successes (Part II)

These webinars can be viewed independently or as a mini-course, “Building Inclusive Communities.” Part I, “Say YES! Bringing Inclusion into Your Synagogue,” features Shelly Christensen and Part II, “Say YES! Parents as Partners & Success Stories,” features Lisa Friedman.

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