Jewish Abilities Atlanta

Knowing that one out of five individuals live with a disability, Jewish Abilities Atlanta (JAA) promotes an inclusive community that celebrates the uniqueness and abilities of every member across the life span. JAA lifts the voices and perspectives of people with disabilities. JAA supports Jewish Atlanta in welcoming and including people with disabilities by providing capacity-building resources to Jewish Atlanta’s synagogues, camps, schools and other Jewish organizations. 

What We Do

  • Lift the voices and perspectives of people with disabilities across Jewish Atlanta. 
  • Foster collaboration and planning around disability inclusion across the Jewish ecosystem.
  • Increase the capacity of Jewish Atlanta agencies in creating a community where people with disabilities are engaged, supported, and feel a sense of belonging. 

JAA Community Initiatives:

  • Community Programs that lift the voices and perspectives of people with disabilities and foster a shared community dialogue and vision of disability inclusion. 
  • Training for professionals, lay leaders, volunteers, and students to increase their awareness of people with disabilities and the barriers they face engaging in Jewish life. In 2022, JAA provided training to 812 community members. 
  • JAA Inclusion Grants to foster community inclusion projects. In 2022, JAA awarded funding for 20 inclusion projects. More info on JAA microgrants here. 
  • The Ina Enoch Training Fund, providing funding to Atlanta professionals and lay leaders seeking skill-building opportunities around disability inclusion. More information about the Ina Enoch Training Fund here.  
  • Local and national advocacy efforts, engaging local self-advocates in advocating for policies that improve the life of people with disabilities in our Jewish community.  
  • Information and Referral, helping individuals and professionals connect to important local resources. 

Educational Support:

  • Jewish classroom observations and inclusion strategy consultations.
  • A Shared Resource Library, loaning curriculum, sensory materials, and a beautiful illustrated Torah, to Jewish educational settings.
  • Skill building trainings for educators, including Bright from the Start certified trainings for early childhood professionals.