Written by Lisa Friedman
February 1, 2014 will mark the beginning of the sixth annual Jewish Disability Awareness Month (#JDAM14). JDAM is designed to be a unified initiative to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide.
Since taking the leap into the world of blogging a little over one year ago, I have been sharing stories and strategies as a way to bring more attention to the value of inclusion in Jewish life.
This year, one of my JDAM contributions will be to embark on a bit of a project. Inspired by Rabbi Phyllis Sommer, the creator of #BlogElul, I will share a daily blog post throughout the month of February to help bring awareness to the significant value of including Jews with disabilities in all aspects of Jewish life. I may write a “how-to” or share a success story, I will probably discuss an experience or two as they unfold, and I might reflect on a struggle or a goal not yet met. I may even introduce a guest post or two. And I would love for you to join me.
Here’s how: Tag each blog post you write with #JDAMblogs. Visit Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block on February 1 where I will include an opportunity for you to link up your blog and share your posts with others. Tweet me @JewishSpecialEd and tag me on Facebook so that I can promote as many of these posts as possible.
There are no prompts and no rules. You can blog daily, but it’s not required. You can write, draw and share photos or even video. You don’t have to be an inclusion expert or a Jewish Educator or even a Jewish professional to contribute. In fact, I hope that parents, loved ones and self-advocates will participate. EVERY voice matters. Isn’t that the point, after all? All you really need is a desire to contribute in some way. Blog once, or blog every day. Tweet. Share a Facebook status. Share your voice.
Together we can make the Jewish Disability Awareness Month tagline a reality: From Awareness to Inclusion!