Articles tagged with: Tools for Independence

12December

Reflections on the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion

Reflections on the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion


 

I just returned from the first Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion, held December 1st – 5th at the Pearlstone Center outside of Baltimore, MD. It was an incredible gathering of 25 Jewish disability and communal leaders—leaders from the disability field, individuals with disabilities and family members.   We spent more than 12 hours each day learning about the importance of self-determination, individualized person-centered planning and the rights of individuals to determine where they live, with whom they live and how they spend their time. We as Jews understand, and experience through our history, what happens when individuals are dehumanized and their rights are taken away. That still happens for many people with disabilities.

 

Written by Eve Bogan, Posted in Developmental Disabilities Services

31July

ArtWORKS Goes WILD!

ArtWORKS Goes WILD!

ArtWORKS is back preparing for the “Go Wild” art show which will be held at The Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur on December 5th, 2013. With more than 50 acrylic-on-canvas works in development, including massive banners depicting wild animals, our clients are as busy as they are excited about this gala event. Clients chose the “Go Wild” theme to honor one of our Tools for Independence TeamWORKS’ partners, ZooAtlanta. Our clients regularly volunteer to support the educational programs sponsored by ZooAtlanta, and recognizing ZooAtlanta through the show creates the opportunity for our clients to give back to the community that supports them. Last year’s show generated more than$2,000 in earnings for the program and our clients, and we are looking forward to setting a new bar at the 2013 show!

Posted in Developmental Disabilities Services

31January

Volunteer Spotlight: Marla Shainberg

Volunteer Spotlight: Marla Shainberg

JF&CS volunteers have been instrumental to the success of so many of our programs. Each year, they dedicate hours upon hours of their time to meetings, projects, programs and events. This comes from a drive and desire to make a positive impact on the community and to help provide a range of services to those who need them. Marla Shainberg is a shining example of this commitment to JF&CS and the community.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Developmental Disabilities Services, Volunteer Services

21September

You Can Go to Italy, I’d Rather Visit Holland

The Gift of Working with Extraordinary People

You Can Go to Italy, I’d Rather Visit Holland

September is Direct Support Professionals month. We are grateful for all of those workers who care for extraordinary people who may need a little extra help. Thank you for all that you do!

Most people involved in the disability culture are familiar with the essay “Welcome to Holland.” The essay, written in 1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley in, the mother of a child with Down Syndrome, sheds light from the perspective of a parent whose child has special needs:

Written by Rena Harris, Posted in Developmental Disabilities Services