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Slingshot Guide Highlights Work On Inclusion

Slingshot Guide Highlights Work On Inclusion

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer directs Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion which fosters inclusion of people with disabilities through the Philadelphia Jewish community. She loves writing/editing for “The New Normal” and for WHYY’s newsworks. Her latest book The Little Gate Crasher is a memoir of her Great-Uncle Mace Bugen, a self-made millionaire and celebrity selfie-artist who was 43 inches tall and was chosen for this year’s Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month Book Selections. She’s recently shared an ELI Talk on Standing With Families Raising Kids With Disabilities and has released a journal designed for special needs parents.

Slingshot has released Slingshot '14 – '15, its tenth annual guide to North America’s most innovative Jewish organizations this week. Over the last decade, the Guide has become a go-to resource for volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects in the Jewish community.

This year, Slingshot did not produce a supplement focusing on disability and inclusion, but instead integrated a number of organizations whose mission includes supporting people with disabilities and their families into the main guide.

Other inclusion-oriented agencies are recognized in this year’s special two regional supplements two regional editions, the Slingshot DC Edition and the Slingshot Midwest Edition and in an additional supplement focusing on Women and Girls.

Among the Slingshot ’14—15 “class,” the organizations representing work in the area of special needs include (in alphabetical order):
Gateways: Access To Jewish Education
JCHAI Transitions
The Miracle Project Judaica
Opening the Doors
REACH: (Resources for Educational Achievement, Collaboration, and Health)
Sunflower Bakery

Click on each link to view the organization’s Slingshot profile. The complete Guide and its supplements are available for the first time online and can be ordered here.

"The increase in the number of organizations recognized in Slingshot's Tenth Guide represents a significant acknowledgement that Jews with disabilities and those who love them are a vital and important part of our community," says Shelly Christensen, author of the Jewish Community Guide to Inclusion of People with Disabilities.

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