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Love That Max: Why is it so hard to find a place of worship that welcomes kids with special needs?

Meredith Polsky

Originally published by Max’s mom, on her blog, Love That Max: A BLOG ABOUT KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WHO KICK BUTT.

Monday and Tuesday were the Jewish New Year. I went to temple and prayed to be inscribed in the Book of Life (vastly preferred over the Book of Death). I prayed for good health for our family and friends. I added a prayer for God to continue to give me the strength and smarts to raise Max. And I prayed for us to find a way to include Max in temple.

In the past year, I have experienced much frustration trying to find a local congregation that offers services for kids with special needs. It seems like there are more options in major cities, but once you hit suburbia, not so much. Friends have informed me of programs that aren’t so close to where we live. Thing is, I would like to find a temple with inclusive services in ourneighborhood, where our family can be part of a community we see throughout the year.  I don’t think this is too much to wish for. (Read more…)

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