Feb 1, 2012

Jewish Disability Awareness Month - Creating Inclusion Through Children's Literature

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month (JDAM). This year Kar-ben has joined with several organizations to present JDAM Reads for Children!  JDAM Reads for Children! presents practical ideas for raising awareness of disabilities and encouraging tikkun olam using the picture books. 

Parents, teachers, community organizers, administrators: Join us on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST for a free webinar on creating inclusion for children with special needs within Jewish communities.
Reserve your free webinar seat by registering here. Seats are limited, so don't delay!

The webinar will feature:
Linda Zimmerman, the Executive Director of The Amit Program, a central Jewish agency providing direct and in-direct educational services to families of children with special needs ages birth to twenty-one.

Shelly Christensen, Program Manager, Jewish Community Inclusion Program for People with Disabilities, JFCS Minneapolis. Shelly is co-founder of Jewish Disability Awareness Month.

Ellen Bari, author, educator and creator of award-winning multimedia, exhibits and programs for children and adults for clients including Sesame Workshop, PBS, Nickelodeon, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Harper-Collins. She is the author of Jumping Jenny, the story of a girl born to jump, but wholoses her buoyant bounce after her jumping gets her into trouble. 

From author Ellen Bari:
“When I wrote the book I did not realize there were so many ways it would be received, from helping ADD kids think about focusing their energy in a good way, to empowering girls, to getting kids excited about moving: like mannah in the desert, different flavors for everyone.”

With approximately one in three Americans having a disability, the challenges of  the story’s plucky heroine provide a take-away for anyone, like Jenny, who ever fought back tears, got teased, felt sad about how they were born, or had to call on their resilience. 

Reserve your free webinar seat by registering here. Seats are limited, so don't delay!

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