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Gather Grant Resources

HOSTING A SHABBAT GATHER GRANT?

READINGS AND RESOURCES

SHABBAT DIY

SHABBAT THEMES

Take a different approach to Shabbat with one of these themes.

SHABBAT PLAYLISTS

FOOD FOR SHABBAT

SOMETHING SAVORY?

TIPS ON HOSTING AN DISABILITY INCLUSIVE GATHER GRANT EVENT

  • Make sure language is clear
  • Have multiple options to RSVP (phone call, text, or email)
  • Ask guests if they have any accessibility requests

SENSORY

  • Create a quiet area in the home
  • Games and activities should be inclusive and not require partners, brain teasers, or surprises – if you do have partners, create a buddy system to be inclusive
  • Avoid blinking, flashing, or loud decorations
  • Offer guests to bring fidgets, headphones, or snacks
  • Avoid strong scents if possible
  • Adjust lighting to be calming and visible to bathrooms/floor/hallways

FOOD

  • Consider dietary requests when meal planning
  • Increase awareness of food allergies by avoiding peanuts and tree nuts, labeling dishes, offering vegan and gluten-free options
  • Have staff nearby if someone has a question when food is served
  • If it’s a buffet get a table where people can reach arm’s length across (sit in a chair and you can test if a wheelchair user can grab and see the buffet
  • Offer nonalcoholic drinks

If you plan to host a group at a restaurant:

  • Consider visiting the establishment before ensuring accessibility
  • Check for elevator option, accessible bathrooms/parking, curb service, wide hallways, loudness of venue, lighting of venue, or moveable furniture.
  • Be aware of what public transportation options are in area
  • Think of others dietary needs when browsing for places to go
  • If the establishment has a roof top, ask if they have an elevator
  • Offer carpool, to pay for uber
  • Let the venue know about guide dogs

Use iAccess Life: A Yelp-style mobile app for users with and without disabilities Here’s iAccess Life app website to download and find accessible restaurants

Below are some more resources