Disability Inclusion

Embracing Jews with Special Needs

Inclusive Community

For eighteen years, Jewish Learning Venture has enabled Jewish communities to provide access to the full range of Jewish experience to individuals with special needs and their families. With Whole Community Inclusion, we prepare Jewish professional and volunteer leaders to embrace people of all abilities.

15 ACTIVE ORGANIZATIONS

meet regularly to share their inclusion best practices in the Jewish Special Needs/Disability Inclusion Consortium of Greater Philadelphia

13 SYNAGOGUE INCLUSION COMMITTEES

are supported by JLV

synagogues received consulting services provided by Jewish Learning Venture customized to make their educational programs more inclusive of special needs

24 SYNAGOGUES

participated in JDAIM Shabbat Across Philadelphia, reaching 1,500 members in its 3rd year, JDAIM Shabbat more than doubled in size!

4 NEW LESSON PLANS

were distributed locally and nationally to help children of all ages learn about disability and inclusion

111 people attended our second Mapping for Accessibility event, empowering members of the community to support individuals with disabilities, using

Access Earth.

291 TEENAGERS

have been trained to support and advocate for students with disabilities in the Reta Emerson Fellowship/Teen Assistant Program since its launch in 2004

After launching B'nai Mitzvah Tutor Training two years ago – the first in North America – we have trained tutors from more than

60 SYNAGOGUES

Whole Community Inclusion directly supports families through programs and personal consultation.

Families

participated in 8 sensory-friendly Jewish programs

Workshops

taught parents to adapt Jewish rituals for their children's specific needs

Parents and Caregivers

participated in seminars or received personal consultations to connect with community resources and learn to serve as home-based Jewish educators for their own children

Helping Parents and Caregivers to adapt rituals for their children’s needs.

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