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Jewish Disability Awareness Month

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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!

Join the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. on February 6, 2014, for the second annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day! Advocacy Day provides the opportunity for you to learn about key legislation and speak with the offices of your elected officials about disability issues. This year, we will advocate for the Senate ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and for the swift passage of the ABLE Act.

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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 […]

#ISupportCRPD – Take Action to Support Disability Inclusion!

Sep 10, 2014 12:00 AM
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) was written in order to empower persons with disabilities across the globe to be independent and productive citizens. Yet, despite the fact that CRPD is based on the ideals of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the United States still has not ratified the […]

Ratifying the Disabilities Treaty: Bringing the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Down

Jul 23, 2014 12:00 AM
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 […]
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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