{The ABC’s of Inclusion} M is to Make Mistakes

{The ABC's of Inclusion} M is to Make Mistakes; Removing the Stumbling Block

Making mistakes is a necessary part of learning.

A favorite concept:

FAIL First Attempt in Learning; Removing the Stumbling Block

It is also significant that we recognize the mistakes we make. Read: Ten Mistakes Even Good Educators Make

Some Communities Just Get Inclusion

Sci Tech; Removing the Stumbling Block
Some communities just get it.

They get that inclusion a mindset; a way of thinking about how we treat one another, ensuring that everyone has a place. These communities understand that inclusion is who we are and who we want to be.

I have been fortunate to know and work in a few such communities, and what’s most remarkable is that there isn’t a lot of fanfare or bragging. Rather, inclusivity is simply and seamlessly apart of the vision, woven into the fabric of conversations, planning and programs. Trust me; these are places you want to be.

{The ABC’s of Inclusion} L is to Laugh Often

{The ABC's of Inclusion} L is to Laugh Often; Removing the Stumbling Block

Inclusion is hard work. To find our balance we need to laugh. Often. 

The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed. ~Bennett Cerf

If love is the treasure, laughter is the key. ~ Yakov Smirnoff

{The ABC’s of Inclusion} K is to Keep Faith

Many parents, when they learn of their child’s disability, need to grieve…not for the child, but for the idea of what they thought parenting would be. They must process through the grief of what they may not be able to have, while coming to terms with the new reality of what they can have. This is not easy.

Shouldn’t supporting families through such challenges be the very nature of the work of a religious community? 

I think that many educators consider grief counseling to be the work of clergy. Too often we compartmentalize our congregant’s needs into “clergy stuff’ and “school stuff”. But when a child with special needs significantly struggles in religious school, parents can be thrown back into the grief cycle, this time wondering if they will have to give up on their idea of bar/bat mitzvah (not to mention Confirmation, Jewish marriage or many other significant Jewish life cycle events). 

How, in the midst of all of this, is anyone expected to keep faith?
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