Disability Inclusion


An inclusive community is a stronger community.  We are working to reduce barriers to participation at all events and invite you to search for programs based on your areas of interest on the full calendar; click on “View All Events”.  Please note that you can also search for events which are physically accessible, metro accessible or provide support individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired.

The calendar listings below include events especially designed for people with disabilities. When we live up to ideals that Judaism values – belief in the collective while mutually respecting individual diversity—we are a stronger community. Jews with disabilities and their families have needs that are universal to all families and should be included in all aspects of the Jewish communal life.  To advance this ideal of disability inclusion requires the active involvement of those already involved and those outside the disability community. Please contact our Community Disability Inclusion Specialist, Lisa Handelman at Lisa.Handelman@shalomdc.org with any questions or suggestions.

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Upcoming Events
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Wed
Apr
  25
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
JSSA (JSSA Specialized Employment)
200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville MD 20850
Learn about JSSA’s transitioning youth services • Career Exploration and Assessments • Work Adjustment Training • Job Development and Coaching • Social Engagement Programs • New Pre-Transitional Youth Program • DDA Programs Meet key transition resources • Specialized Employment Services Staff • Employer Partners • State and County Transition Representatives
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Career/Employment, Counseling/Support
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Sun
Apr
  29
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia- Cultural Arts Department)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Author Donnie Kanter Winokur "Chancer — How One Good Boy Saved Another" The acclaimed writer talks about her true life memoir. Donnie Kanter Winokur and her husband, Harvey, never could have imagined the heart-wrenching struggle that becomes their new reality after they decide to adopt two infants from Russia. As Iyal and Morasha grow, it becomes clear that Iyal’s development is drastically lagging behind his sister’s. By age four, he has a devastating diagnosis: fetal alcohol syndrome. But nami...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $12/ $8 member

 
 
Sun
Apr
  29
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Sunflower Bakery
11825 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac MD 20854
This is our annual Appreciation and Graduation event. We are under the Vaad so all food will be kosher. Accommodations available upon request.
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy
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Thu
May
  3
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Special Needs)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Special Needs Legal & Financial Planning Workshop Families that have an individual(s) with special needs face a myriad of challenges, and it is important to understand the various financial & legal issues. This workshop will give an overview of financial and legal planning as it relates to life stages, transitioning issues, legal issues (Special Needs Trusts, Wills, Guardianship, etc.), and Government programs. Topics such as Social Security, Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, ...
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Counseling/Support, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
May 8 - May 18
Multiple times available
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center for our second-ever trip to Israel, a trip designed specifically for individuals with disabilities focused for individuals with cognitive disabilities. Together on this 10-day journey, we will explore Israel’s history, spectacular cities, dynamic people, vibrant art and culture, world-class scientific and medical achievements, and natural beauty. The group will be accompanied by the EDCJCC’s Director of Inclusion and Disability Programming and an add...
Listed In:  Special Needs, Israel, Travel
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Jun 1 - Jun 3
Multiple times available
 
Capital Camps & Retreat Center (Capital Camps )
12750 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA 17268
No parents allowed! Kids, bring your grandparents to camp for a wonderful weekend. Enjoy time away together celebrating Shabbat, making memories, having fun and growing closer to one another. Housing for Bubbie-Zadie Family Camp Weekend will be in Nesiya Lodge. All rooms include individually controlled air, two hotel quality queen size beds, linen and towel service, desk, phone, wireless internet, and in-room safe. Adjoining rooms are available for families of five or more. Food service is kos...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Women & Girls, Teens, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting
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Aug 17 - Aug 19
Multiple times available
 
Capital Camps & Retreat Center (Capital Camps )
12750 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA 17268
Celebrate the end of summer at Capital Camps. Before the chaos of the school year sets in, join with other camp families to swim, play and celebrate Shabbat. Enjoy quality time together, make new friends and new memories. Your family can choose to live in a cabin or an air-conditioned lodge room – all accommodations have private bathrooms. Our food service is kosher under kosher supervision, and chefs create delicious and nutritious options for everyone. Our air-conditioned dining hall is the ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Special Needs, Teens, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting
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Tue
Oct
  30
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda MD 20852
JFGH 35th Annual Gala. Dietary laws observed.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Social Events
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Sat
Nov
  17
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
The Dinner of Champions is the primary source of funding for Camp JCC's special needs and inclusion program.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy
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Sun
May
  19
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Sunflower Bakery
1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring MD 20910
Sunflower Bakery Appreciation & Graduation event
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Special Needs, Maryland, Adult Education, Career/Employment
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The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes is a non-sectarian, agency dedicated to enhancing the independence, dignity, choice, and community inclusion of adults with disabilities.

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Sulam, Inc., was founded to address the educational needs of Jewish students with learning differences within a nurturing Jewish day school setting.

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Friendship Circle is an innovative program designed to foster enduring and meaningful friendships between spirited teen volunteers and children with special needs.

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Sunflower Bakery, a non-profit certified kosher pareve bakery, prepares individuals with developmental or other cognitive disabilities through skilled, on-the-job training for employment in pastry, baking or related industries. Café Sunflower & Bakery has recently opened in the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Building, 6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852.

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