February marked Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) in Canada. JDAIM aims to build awareness and increase engagement in Canadian Jewish communities by identifying and breaking down barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from fully participating in community life. These barriers may be physical, organizational – structure and attitude, or political – public policy and funding models. Less concrete – but no less serious – are community culture and mindset.
I am very proud that our national system, in partnership with our advocacy agent, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and the Jewish Federations across Canada, local agencies and residential organizations as well as Israeli partners, is invested in improving the lives of Canadians with disabilities. [Read more…]