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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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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 […]

Placing Stumbling Blocks Before People with Disabilities: Voting Barriers and Disenfranchisement

Oct 31, 2014 12:00 AM
Over the past couple of months, my colleagues and I have written about the barriers that prevent many Americans from voting. From voter ID laws to cuts in early voting, minorities are being disproportionately affected by changing voter laws. In addition, people experiencing homelessness,   survivors of domestic violence, and transgender Americans face additional barriers to […]

Working Towards a More Just World for People with Disabilities in 5775

Sep 14, 2014 12:00 AM
In the midst of the month of Elul, a period of reflection, repentance and forgiveness, it is important for us to not only reflect on our shortcomings as individuals in the past year but also on our shortcomings as a community. Too often our communities, whether religious or secular, fail to create truly inclusive environments […]
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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