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.
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.
supporting families through such challenges be the very nature of the work of a
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
in the midst of all of this, is anyone expected to keep faith?