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Disability Rights

Congregants throw a holiday party at a center for children with emotional and cognitive deficits.

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The following congregations are models of best practices in various facets of disability inclusion.

"Behold how good and pleasant it is when all people live together as one. (Psalm 133)

"Good intentions alone not accompanied by action are without value, as it is the action which makes the intentions so profound." —Chasidic Master Yehudi HaKadosh

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.

For all teens, especially teens with disabilities, inclusion and acceptance into a group of their peers is important and valuable.

Accessibility means that Jews with disabilities not only have access to buildings and lifecycle events but to all things Jewish, including jobs.

The bar or bat mitzvah of a young person with a disability demonstrates vividly what Judaism is, or should be, about.

These suggestions for service modifications and low-cost physical changes can go a long way to ward ensuring that worship services and other activities in your congregation are accessible.