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February is Jewish Disability Awareness month and the St. Louis Jewish Community Inclusion Initiative, facilitated by Jewish Federation of St. Louis, is joining other communities in recognizing and increasing the awareness of the needs, strengths, opportunities and challenges of people with disabilities in our Jewish communities throughout North America. The following events will take place throughout the month to honor Jewish Disability Awareness month.

February 5 and February 12, 2015 @ 7 pm – 8:30 pm – Teacher Workshops
Join presenter Sally Brown for an Educator’s Workshop on “Defining Terms – What is Inclusion” and “Strategies for Inclusion in the Classroom”. For more information contact Rinat Kisin, RKisin@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3801.

February 22, 2015 @ 2 pm – 4 pm – Let’s Celebrate Inclusion!
A fun and educational event for kids with disabilities and their parents at the JCC, Staenberg Family Complex. A financial advisor will present information for parents on how to adequately plan for their and their child’s future, and there will also be a Zumba class and a fun balloon activity for the kids during the adult program. This event is free of charge and open to the entire Jewish community. RSVP to Rinat Kisin, RKisin@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3801.

The community is also invited to attend an event on February 8, 2015 from 4 pm – 6 pm at the St. Louis Myseum, which has been made inclusive with a respite room for children with special needs. This afternoon of interactive fun (with a Jewish twist) is for families with pre-school – 5th grade children. Siblings are welcome. $4/person; max $16/family. For more information, contact Rinat Kisin at 314-442-3801 or go to JFedSTL.org/Inclusion.

The Jewish Community Inclusion Initiative promotes full participation in Jewish life for individuals with disabilities and their families by enhancing inclusion, providing resources and collaborating with existing services in the St Louis community.