Meet Lisa


As an award-winning Disability Inclusion Expert I know that each of us has a right to learn and feel connected to our faith communities.

I have been an inclusive Jewish Educator for twenty years and this blog is where I share my thoughts and stories about the intersection of disability inclusion, education and faith.





I consult with schools, organizations, and camps to coach them in the development of inclusive practices for staff, clergy, and families through interactive workshops, dialogue, and awareness training. I am a sought-after speaker on a wide variety of topics for professionals, lay leaders, parents, teachers, and teens.

I currently serve as Education Director at Temple Beth-El in Central New Jersey. Additionally, I am the Project Manager for UJA-Federation of New York's Synagogue Inclusion Project.

My writing is regularly featured in such publications as The NY Jewish Week, Reform Judaism.org, Kveller and Think Inclusive. In addition, I work with Behrman House to develop curriculum and techniques for working with students who demonstrate a wide variety of learning needs. 

I invite you to start with a few of this blog's most popular posts: 

Teaching the Difference Between Fairness and Equality


Fair Isn't Equal 


Ditch the Clips - Why You Need to Stop Using Behavior Charts in the Classroom RIGHT NOW


Making Sense of Behavior - Girls, Boys, Attention Deficits and Stereotypes 


We Judge One Another


I'd also love to invite you to the series, The ABC's of Inclusion


Or, just dive in wherever you might like! When you like what you read, please share it with others. I hope you'll stop back often!


One more note: We are each on a journey to grow into our best selves, which hopefully means our most inclusive selves. Let's all be willing to leave room for that growth, whether it be in daily practice, our attitudes, or our language use. My own evolution has led me to language shifts (despite retaining this blog's URL):


New Research Supports a Shift in Language Use - Why We Should Stop Using the Phrase Special Needs

Disabilities vs. Special Needs - It's Time to Use the Words We Truly Mean

Choosing Our Language Carefully {Using the Words You Really Intend}

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2 comments:

  1. My congregation will be presenting an interactive disabilities awareness program for our student. We are trying to let are kids feel what it like to have a handicap. Do you have and suggestions?

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    1. Hello. There are lots of wonderful ways to help students to learn about and appreciate diversity as well as increase empathy. I have strong reservations about simulations. I believe that you can't really understand anyone's lived experience with a disability by "trying it on" for a short amount of time. You can read more here: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/02/jdamblogs-rethinking-disability.html and here: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/02/jdamblogs-rethinking-disability_22.html

      Alternatives to consider: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2016/01/teach-diversity-using-oranges.html or http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2019/02/using-m-to-teach-diversity-and.html

      Finally, a dialogue between people with and without disabilities is a another great way to approach this. Do reach out to me directly if you'd like more information or to explore having me come to your community to lead such a session or dialogue.

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Do not publish, curate, sell, post, or distribute all or any part of this blog's content without express permission of the author. You are invited, however, to share links to posts on your webpage, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social networking sites. If you are interested in republishing any Removing the Stumbling Block content on your own blog, in a newsletter, or if you wish to use any content in another educational way, please contact me. I am also available to write unique content for your specific network.