One in five. That’s the number of people with disabilities in the United States today. The statistic is startling and has prompted Jewish Abilities Alliance (JAA) to take a critical and comprehensive look at ourselves. How are we doing on disability inclusion in Atlanta? We’ve had some tremendous successes that make us feel very proud, but we also know we can continue to improve.
Thanks to funding from donors Louise and Brett Samksy, JAA has engaged Matan, an organization that works with Jewish professionals, communities, and families to create and sustain inclusive settings across the lifespan and all aspects of Jewish life. Matan’s Executive Director, Dori Frumin Kirshner, and Meredith Polsky, Matan’s founder and National Director of Institutes and Training, will devote the next couple of months to meeting virtually with as many of our community partners as possible — professionals, lay leaders, parents, self-advocates, and caregivers — and to establish a clear picture of our community’s culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal is to move disability inclusion forward in ways that speak to the unique needs of our community.
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