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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.

JDAIM Programs

 

Sign Language Havdalah

Join JCC Chicago and Congregation Bene Shalom along with Hebrew Seminary for a virtual, interactive Sign Language Havdalah. As a community, we will come together to learn to sign the blessings and songs in this uniquely inclusive and accessible event. Bring a several wick candle, your spices, your favorite juice, and your energy! This program is geared for families with children ages 8 and under.

This program has been postponed.
Please check back here for updated registration information.

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Fireside Chat For Teens & Tweens with Judy Heumann

February 22, 2022 | 7-8pm

Closeout Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month with JCC Chicago. Enjoy a fireside chat about inclusion, accessibility, and belonging with Judy Heumann, internationally recognized disability rights activist and lifelong civil rights activist for people with disabilities. This program is geared towards teens and tweens. Participants are encouraged to watch Heumann in Netflix’s Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, a 2020 American award-winning documentary film, directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, produced by the Obama Higher Ground Production.

 

Framing JDAIM: A Conversation with Disability Rights activist Judy Heumann

February 1, 2022 | 7-8pm

Kick-off Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month with Judy Heumann, internationally recognized disability rights activist and lifelong civil rights activist for people with disabilities. Adults can join for a free, virtual fireside chat about the disability rights movement and its impact today. Participants are encouraged to watch Heumann in Netflix’s Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, a 2020 American award-winning documentary film, directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, produced by the Obama Higher Ground Production.

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judy heumannAbout Judy Heumann

Judith Heumann is an International Disability Rights activist and author of “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist” with Kristen Joiner. Heumann is featured in Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, a 2020 American award-winning documentary film, directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, produced by the Obama Higher Ground Production. She also produces a podcast called “The Heumann Perspective,” which features a variety of members from the disability community. She is a Senior Fellow, at the Ford Foundation (2017-2019) and wrote “Road Map for Inclusion: Changing the Face of Disability in Media.” Heumann served in the Obama and Clinton Administrations. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of legislation, such as Section 504, the Individuals with Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which have been advancing the inclusion of disabled people in the U.S. and around the world and fighting to end discrimination against all those with disabilities.