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JDAIM Programs

“My Disability Roadmap” Virtual Screening & Talkback

Wed., February 1 | 7-8:30pm

my disability roadmap film posterAll are welcome to kick-off JDAIM with a virtual screening of the award-winning short documentary, “My Disability Roadmap” about Samuel Habib, a 21-year-old, who wants to date, leave home, go to college. But he drives a 350-pound wheelchair, uses a communication device, and can have a seizure at any moment. Determined to find his path forward, he seeks out guidance from America’s most rebellious disability activists. Will they empower him to launch the bold adult life he craves?

Before the film, disability advocate and author of “Demystifying Disability” Emily Ladau will join for a live virtual conversation. After the film, JCC Chicago Inclusion Coordinator Rena Rosen will chat with the film’s co-director and star, Sam Habib. Closed captioning will be provided.


Messy Day At The J: Sensory Friendly Edition

Sun., February 12 | 1-2:30pm

Get ready to get messy! Join us for an afternoon of paint, kinetic sand, slime and more at Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook. This program will be geared for children 3-10 years old and is sensory-friendly with moderate lighting, to accommodate sensitivity to light, noise cancelling headphones will be provided to support reduction of sensory overload and a quiet zone with fidgets are available on hand for anyone looking to take a step away from the mess.

Registration is Closed


Why You Should Participate in JDAIM with Us

Raise awareness and affirm that inclusion and belonging are essential to well-being and quality of life of people with disabilities, mental health conditions and caregivers—like anyone else.

Underscore the importance of choosing one’s own Jewish journey.

Support people with disabilities and mental health conditions in all aspects of communal life—as they choose.

Be part of a growing worldwide initiative to support participation and involvement in communal life.

Advocate for the civil rights of people with disabilities and mental health conditions.

Understand and overcome stigma, prejudice, biases, stereotypes, and myths about disability and mental health conditions.