Resources for Teaching Disability Awareness and Inclusion

There is a distinct lack of resources for teaching disability awareness, accessibility, and inclusion in a Jewish setting.

Curriculum design is one of my areas of expertise. I have experience in developing curriculum for children of all ages, with particular strengths in the areas of teen engagement and experiential education. If you are looking to build or enhance your program, please be in touch.

There are a few existing resources that you might consider:

Cakes and Miracles, A Purim Story; Removing the Stumbling BlockDisability Awareness Book-Based Program - Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Story
This curriculum, supported by PJ Library, was a collaborative effort by educators from four excellent organizations focused on the inclusion of children with varied abilities in Jewish day and supplemental schools.

Produced by Behrman House and written by Diane Zimmerman, this is an appropriate lesson for a wide variety of ages. It is designed to enable students to address the driving question: “How can we help guide our synagogue in creating a space that is accessible to all and emulates the Jewish value of lifnei iver lo titen michshol (do not put a stumbling block before the blind)?” What I like about this lesson is that it is well grounded in Jewish text and empowers students to drive the direction of the final product. 

Finally, an important note:  Inclusion and disability awareness are NOT the same thing. Teaching a lesson or leading a conversation about disabilities does not mean you are inclusive.  It means you have taught about disabilities. It is important in is its own right, and a valuable component of inclusivity, but quality awareness-raising is only one aspect of inclusive practice.

It would be a pleasure to help you design a curriculum that can be used effectively in your setting. To request a sample program or to set up a consultation, contact me

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