From David Neufeld, Director of Special Needs Programs and Services:
To do inclusion right requires commitment, awareness, and kavanah (intention). Here's a short responseto the recently published 2013 UNICEF Report on Children With Disabilities which lays out the challenge, by Lisa Friedman.
Also, here's an earlier article from Friedman which we posted about the same topic - What Does Inclusion Mean to You?
Lisa Friedman is a Jewish Special Educator who consults with congregations and offers workshops and trainings about inclusion of individuals with disabilities for teachers, parents, volunteers and students. She is also the Education Co-Director at Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, New Jersey; which includes overseeing an extensive special needs program within the Religious School designed to help students successfully learn Hebrew, learn about their Jewish heritage and feel connected to their Jewish community. Lisa writes about her experiences in Jewish Special Education at Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block.