February 2014 marks the sixth annual Jewish Disability Awareness Month. Together we can use this month to break down physical, communication, and attitudinal barriers, educate our communities on what accessibility and inclusion really mean, and reach out to Jews with disabilities. Visit the Union for Reform Judaism Disabilities portal for a comprehensive list of resources to guide you through the observance of this month!
This Saturday, July 26th, will mark the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed in to law by President George H.W. Bush. President Bush ended his remarks that day by saying: “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.” He was, of course, alluding to another wall that had only […]
Through the Machon Kaplan program this summer, I am interning at the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), the longest- running national cross- disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world […]
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), based on the ideals of the Americans with Disabilities Act, is intended to empower persons with disabilities to be independent and productive citizens. It represents an international effort to bring the world closer to achieving the goals of equality, opportunity, full participation, independent living […]
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.
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: