Source: The Jewish Week
February is known as Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) — the Jewish community’s unified national initiative to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide. Throughout the year on The New Normal: Blogging Disability, we are proud to focus on the voices of people with disabilities as well as their family members, educators, advocates and community members speaking about disability and Jewish life. Still, we appreciate how JDAIM shines an extra light on the importance of disability inclusion throughout the month and hope that you’ll read these 10 short essays from New Normal contributors.
Some may be topics that you are very familiar with. Others may raise concerns that you haven’t yet thought about. To create a Jewish community that welcomes, supports and advocates for all people, we all need to grow in our knowledge and awareness. I hope that you’ll read, comment and share these articles online and with your own communities so we can begin the discussions and the work that needs to be done. I am so grateful that The Jewish Week has made an important commitment to disability inclusion, and to you, our readers, for opening your minds, hearts and perspectives.