New Calendar Promotes Events Accessible to the Special Needs Community

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The calendar, which is organized by the Jewish Special Needs Consortium, will allow the special needs community greater awareness about events accessible to those with disabilities.

A calendar of Jewish-related events for people with special needs and their families is now available on the Jewish Learning Venture’s website.
 
The project was organized by the Jewish Special Needs Consortium, a group of representatives from local agencies that serve the special needs community, and is sponsored in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
 
“We realized that in getting the word out about all of our resources and events that if we put them all in a common place, we would be more effective at letting people see the range of all the different programs out there,” said Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, director of Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion initiative, which oversees the Jewish Special Needs Consortium. 
 
The calendar, launched in October, is located online at jewishlearningventure.org and is also being printed as a quarterly brochure to be distributed at synagogues, doctors’ offices, coffee shops and other venues, Kaplan-Mayer said.
 
Events for kids, parents and educators involved in Philadelphia’s Jewish special needs scene are all included in the calendar, with 37 events listed in the first quarterly calendar.
 
Providing such a resource will help keep those with special needs in the Jewish fold, Kaplan-Mayer said.
 
“If you have a family member, or you’re a person with a disability, it can add that extra layer of distance because you might not know if a program is going to be accessible,” she said. The goal of the calendar is to showcase “accessible and inclusive” programs.
 
“We can be really proud there’s a lot happening for people with disabilities and their families in the Greater Philadelphia area.”
 
To receive a calendar or post an event, contact Kaplan-Mayer at: [email protected]

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