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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Fair Isn't Equal

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Fair isn’t equal.  Fair is ensuring that everyone receives what he or she needs.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, July 13, 2013 5:50 AM

This is something that bears repeating over and over again. If everyone and everything was the same, equitable would be fair.  But then, there would be no spice. Fairness gives everyone a chance to get what they need.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Are You Sure? A Response to "I Couldn’t Find a ‘Back to School’ Ad That Included Kids With Disabilities… So I Made My Own"

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Are You Sure? A Response to "I Couldn’t Find a ‘Back to School’ Ad That Included Kids With Disabilities… So I Made My Own" | Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling block | Scoop.it
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I agree wholeheartedly that we need greater diversity in advertising, specifically where disabilities are concerned. I'm just not confident in her assumption that every single child in every single “regular” ad she found didn't have a disability.  - See more at: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/08/are-you-sure-response-to-i-couldnt-find.html#sthash.slYBZ0lp.dpufI agree wholeheartedly that we need greater diversity in advertising, specifically where disabilities are concerned. I'm just not confident in her assumption that every single child in every single “regular” ad she found didn't have a disability.  - See more at: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/08/are-you-sure-response-to-i-couldnt-find.html#sthash.slYBZ0lp.dpuf
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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Our Children Aren't Broken - Thoughts On How Society Treats Disability

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Our Children Aren't Broken - Thoughts On How Society Treats Disability | Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling block | Scoop.it
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When we spend our lives trying to “fix” our children and our students; no matter how pure our intentions, we perpetuate a societal concept of “normal” that views disability as broken. - See more at: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-children-arent-broken-thoughts-on.html#sthash.IxIYYxWl.dpufDo you know Jonathan Mooney? You need to. He’s awesome. This past Spring I heard him speak and I’ve recently finished reading his book, “The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal”. - See more at: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-children-arent-broken-thoughts-on.html#sthash.IxIYYxWl.dpufDo you know Jonathan Mooney? You need to. He’s awesome. This past Spring I heard him speak and I’ve recently finished reading his book, “The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal”. - See more at: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-children-arent-broken-thoughts-on.html#sthash.IxIYYxWl.dpuf
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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Ten Inclusion Mistakes Even Good Educators Make

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Even the most seasoned educators will make mistakes from time to time. The key is to recognize that mistakes will happen. Our goal is to accept responsibility and grow in the process. - See more at: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/06/ten-inclusion-mistakes-even-good.html#sthash.KzPAZr27.dpuf
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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Inclusion is Always Possible

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This year our Confirmation class served as a powerful example of our community’s commitment to inclusion. Of the sixteen students, three are on the autism spectrum, one has severe dyslexia, one has auditory processing issues and one is blind.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Making Your Congregation Inclusive - The High Cost of Exclusion

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Most individuals with disabilities are not within our congregations because they can’t be – they are not physically able to enter, they are not made to feel welcome, and their needs are not met once they are there. 

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: The Power of Yes

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What separates congregations who are genuinely inclusive from those who say they are is their ability to say yes and mean it.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: One Person Can Make a Difference - Who Do You Run 4?

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: One Person Can Make a Difference - Who Do You Run 4? | Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling block | Scoop.it
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This is a terrific group. There is a need for more "buddies" for runners, so please consider joining.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Journalists Reporting on Disabilities Need to Get it Right

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We must train ourselves to notice even subtle messages so that together we can create a fully inclusive society.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Do We Over-Emphasize Learning Styles?

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There is no doubt in my mind that EVERYONE has the ability to learn. But do we deprive our children of the opportunity to strengthen areas of weakness when we seek to cater to their strengths?

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs – How Will You Move Inclusion Forward?

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Lisa Friedman's insight:

I hope that you will take what you have learned from me and from others during Jewish Disability Awareness Month and move forward on the journey toward inclusion. Make a plan, chart a path…decide how you will do it and who will be on the journey with you. 

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs - What Can We Learn From a Box of Crayons?

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What can a box of crayons teach us about inclusion?

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs - A Special College Acceptance

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I worry that the video of Rion’s college acceptance undermines efforts toward the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and perpetuates the notion that it is the rare individual with Down Syndrome who gets accepted to college.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs: Rethinking Disability Simulations - Part II

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Specific suggestions for teaching disability awareness that do not include simulation.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Finding An Inclusive Community - URJ 6 Points Sci Tech Academy

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At URJ 6 Points Sci Tech Academy inclusion is not an after-thought or a band aid stuck on problems after they arise. Rather, this is a community built with intentionality and the foresight to anticipate the many needs and complexities of a wonderfully diverse population.

not an after-thought or a band-aid stuck on problems after they arise. Rather, this is a community built with intentionality and the foresight to anticipate the many needs and complexities of a wonderfully diverse population. - See more at: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/08/finding-inclusive-community-urj-6.html#sthash.TdR6uxd9.dpufnot an after-thought or a band-aid stuck on problems after they arise. Rather, this is a community built with intentionality and the foresight to anticipate the many needs and complexities of a wonderfully diverse population. - See more at: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/08/finding-inclusive-community-urj-6.html#sthash.TdR6uxd9.dpuf
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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Fireworks as a Model of Successful Inclusion

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Experiences should be their most enjoyable when we successfully bring together a vast array of people and perspectives, merging them into a colorful and intriguing whole.

Our day-to-day lives should be a mirror image of a successful fireworks display. Experiences should be their most enjoyable when we successfully bring together a vast array of people and perspectives, merging them into a colorful and intriguing whole. - See more at: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/07/fireworks-as-model-of-successful.html#sthash.DgYI60r1.dpufOur day-to-day lives should be a mirror image of a successful fireworks display. Experiences should be their most enjoyable when we successfully bring together a vast array of people and perspectives, merging them into a colorful and intriguing whole. - See more at: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/07/fireworks-as-model-of-successful.html#sthash.DgYI60r1.dpufOur day-to-day lives should be a mirror image of a successful fireworks display. Experiences should be their most enjoyable when we successfully bring together a vast array of people and perspectives, merging them into a colorful and intriguing whole. - See more at: http://jewishspecialneeds.blogspot.com/2014/07/fireworks-as-model-of-successful.html#sthash.DgYI60r1.dpuf
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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Teaching Disability Acceptance and Diversity - A Survival Kit

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Modeling does not replace the need to directly teach the skills of disability acceptance.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Teaching Diversity AND Inclusion – The Egg Activity

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Teaching Diversity AND Inclusion – The Egg Activity | Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling block | Scoop.it
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I have created an activity that not only teaches diversity in skin color, race or ethnicity, but also includes conversation about disability.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Embracing Good Enough

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Lisa Friedman's insight:

We have to acknowledge that all first steps are meaningful and join together to support the journey. There is just far too much at stake. We need schools and synagogues and other Jewish organizations to take their steps without fear. Each one of us has unique challenges; so do our organizations.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Have We Come Far Enough?

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My words from seven years ago have left me wondering if I should feel proud that my work has been well ahead of the curve, or disheartened that these are words that must still be said today. Maybe it’s a little of both…

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Understanding Autism? A Review of The Reason I Jump

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Lisa Friedman's insight:

It is so important to remember that when you have learned how one person thinks and feels, you have learned how one person thinks and feels.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 14, 6:38 AM

A valid and valuable caveat. Try to approach  one who shows autism  as you would approach anyone not looking down.  One person's thoughts and understandings don't define all of those grouped under such a broad label as autism is. It covers such a wide range of communication abilities from profoundly disabled to  superior communicators such as Temple Grandin.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Finding the "I" in inclusion

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: Finding the "I" in inclusion | Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling block | Scoop.it
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How do our personal stories and journeys inform the way that we feel about and teach about inclusion? How can these stories help us to shape our personal and professional practice?

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: How Do We Find the Balance Between Multi-Sensory and Sensory Overload?

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: How Do We Find the Balance Between Multi-Sensory and Sensory Overload? | Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling block | Scoop.it
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The more of his senses a child uses and the better he becomes at using them, the more he can learn. And yet, once a child enters school, she is often expected to rely most heavily on hearing and seeing as a means to acquire new information.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs - How Do We Widen the Net?

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs - How Do We Widen the Net? | Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling block | Scoop.it
Lisa Friedman's insight:

How do we avoid situations where members of our community hear or think about disabilities and inclusion and automatically assume that the inclusion specialist or coordinator will “handle it”? How do we make sure that there are those near us who will say that we must keep “singing the inclusion song” because it is that important?

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs – Top Ten Things to Know About Jewish Special Needs Education

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Lisa Friedman's insight:

We do not "do" inclusion "for" people with disabilities. Rather, it is incumbent upon us to figure out how all the things we do can be inclusive.

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs - Recognizing Invisible Disabilities

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We make assumptions all the time without really learning someone's situation. We must strive to give the benefit of the doubt and seek to understand others and their situations without judgement.

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