There Is No Shame in Asking For Help


The secret no one shares is that knowing how and when to ask for help is a sign of true developmental maturity; Removing the Stumbling Block


There is no shame in asking for help. 

We live in community, and at the core of a successful community are relationships built upon networks of interdependence. Yet, for so many, asking for help is hard.  

We are bombarded by images of how to raise our children to be independent, but independence does not mean solitary. The secret no one shares is that knowing how and when to ask for help is a sign of true developmental maturity.

There is no shame in asking for help.

Practice Makes Better



Practice Makes Better; Removing the Stumbling Block

I have often used the phrase, "Everything I need to know I learn from Facebook." While a bit of a play on "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," I really can learn quite a lot from quick scrolls through my newsfeed a couple of times each day.

Sometimes I learn of a challenge a friend is going through so I can offer support. 

Sometimes I learn of a great accomplishment and can share in the pride.

A Word of Caution as Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month Ends


When we commit ourselves, we can be inclusive; Removing the Stumbling Block

Whew. We made it. Another Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month in the books. Quite a few people have heard me refer to February as tax season for those of us in the Jewish disability inclusion world. I am not even a little bit sad to see the month come to an end.

It is certainly a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness while highlighting great resources and the opportunities that already exist within our communities. I hope it has and will lead to the opening of new doors that were once closed.

But I want to make a request:

In a world that still focuses so heavily on programs over relationships, I worry that JDAIM itself becomes the answer for some communities. I am begging you to remember that in and of itself, JDAIM is NOT inclusion. No one program is inclusion.

Using M&M's to Teach Diversity and Disability Inclusion

Activities for Diversity and Disability Inclusion; Removing the Stumbling Block

If you Google "teaching diversity in the classroom," you will find dozens of great articles about helping children to learn about and appreciate multi-cultural and racial differences. This is wonderful. This is important. This is necessary. 
And this is a missed opportunity to also teach about differences in ability.

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