Jewish Disability Awareness 
& Inclusion


February 1-28, 2018

Carry The Momentum Forward


Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) may be over, but there are still great ways to get involved with disability advocacy in the Jewish community and beyond.


Check below for some fact sheets from Jewish Disability Advocacy Day and more resources from February 2018.



Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified effort among Jewish organizations and communities worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them. JDAIM is a call to action to each one of us in accordance with our Jewish values, honoring the gifts and strengths that we each possess. Established in 2009 by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, JDAIM is observed each February.


This year is the tenth annual observation of JDAIM. Click here to read a message from Shelly Christensen, JDAIM co-founder and organizer.

The Mission


The mission of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month is to unite Jewish communities worldwide to raise awareness and champion the rights of all Jews to be included and to participate in all aspects of Jewish life like anyone else.

Find Your Way to Get Involved

Jewish Disability Advocacy Day


On Feb. 6, 2018, our clinical coordinator and resource specialist, Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook, will represent the Lehigh Valley Jewish community at the Jewish Federations of North America's Jewish Disability Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.


The main issues this year are Medicaid, block grants, and the passage of the bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act.


To read Susan's reflections from last year's program, click here.

  • Reflections

    Click here to read Susan's reflections about JDAIM and how we can help people with disabilities in our community.

JDAD 2018 Photos

JDAD 2017 Photos

  • Dara Baldwin (Senior Policy Analyst, National Disability Rights Network) & Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook

  • Aaron Kaufman, JFNA Senior Legislative Associate

  • Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) with Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook

  • Elizabeth Cullen (Jewish Federation, DC office, Counsel Health Policy and Strategic Health Resource Center) & Elizabeth Leibowitz (Jewish Federation DC office, Director of Government Affairs JFNA & AJFCA)

  • Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

JDAIM Reads!


Learn about issues related to disability with JDAIM's online book recommendations and resources.


This year's books are:

Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable

by Liane Kupferberg Carter




Little Gate Crasher

by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable

by Liane Kupferberg Carter


This memoir, written by the mother of a child with autism, traces her family's journey after his diagnosis.

Little Gate Crasher

by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer


The author tells the story of her great-uncle Moishe "Mace" Bugen, a self-made millionaire and celebrity gate-crasher who was 43 inches tall.



Join us for a discussion with the author on Feb. 25. Click here for more information and here to RSVP.


For special accommodations and/or financial considerations please contact Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook at

Resources for Community Leaders


Are you looking to plan an accessible program for your organization?
Learn more with this guide.


Learn about how to welcome people of all kinds at your synagogue with this synagogue inclusivity guide.


Looking for more program ideas? These tips from JDAIM are a great way to get started.