A blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Needs Programming and Principal of Gesher Latorah.
Over the last couple of weeks in the world of social media I’ve been seeing numerous mentions about this new invention. It’s called the Upsee and it’s a harness that when attached to a child with mobility disabilities and connected to a strap around an adult, enables the child to “walk.” I saw it in my Facebook News Feed, retweets from friends as well as mentioned on blogs. I have to admit I wasn’t as thrilled with the idea of this item as everyone else.
A blog post by Yael Zelinger, Coordinator for JADE: Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education.
Imagine that you were one day air-lifted from your home and dropped in Spain with instructions to move along with your life. You may be very intelligent, articulate, creative, athletic, musical, or funny but unless you already speak a fluent Spanish, it would be very challenging to participate in Spanish life meaningfully because of the communication barrier.
As I look around during the Jewish Deafblind Shabbaton I am overwhelmed by what I hear and see. Seventeen Jewish people who have both vision and hearing loss have come together for an accessible Shabbat experience.
A blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services; Principal of Gesher LaTorah and TAG
In the aftermath of horrible tragedy people scramble to make sense – any kind of sense of something senseless. It’s human nature. But in the process of that scramble one thing stood out to me. The media is reporting that the perpetrator of this horrific incident may have had Asperger’s Syndrome.
A blog post by Leora Pushett, Director, Israel Education and Overseas.
There is no greater way to help students and community members connect to Israel than giving them first-person experiences. Of course, the best way to achieve this is that everyone takes a trip to Israel.
Last I left off, I was pondering the inconsistencies between my values and my children’s actions. It’s embarrassing when a child behaves contrary to ideals you espouse. Avigayil, my seven year old toothless little “Madeline” had a child with Downs Syndrome in her class this past year. After several attempts at encouraging Avigayil to play with this girl, I took a different tactic.
The good news is I have some progress to report.
Remember that I told I would borrow books about special needs from the library?