Meet Sara Rubinstein, Director of Inclusion and Ability for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. Learn about how her love of dance steered her toward a career as an inclusion advocate. To read about Sara and explore JCC programs, visit https://www.jcc.org/passion-dance-kindness-respect
Perry Hall Library introduces new programming for children with special needs. Sensory Storytime will highlight interactive reading opportunities. To learn more visit: http://www.nottinghammd.com/2018/08/29/perry-hall-library-to-host-monthly-program-for-children-with-special-needs/
Employers value hiring individuals with disabilities. Jamie Leboe from Jewish Community Services writes about increasing employment trends and offers suggestions for individuals seeking employment. http://www.jcsbaltimore.org/2018/work-wonders/hiring-employees-disabilities/
Soundprint and the Hearing And Speech Agency (HASA) have partnered to create an app that uses crowdsourcing measurements to collect noise level data in Baltimore restaurants. To learn more about the loudest and quietest Baltimore dining establishments visit Technically Baltimore https://technical.ly/baltimore/2018/05/10/this-app-is-gathering-data-on-baltimores-loudest-and-quietest-restaurants/
Emily Dorffer, a recent graduate of John's Hopkins University, published a free e-book entitled (DIS)ABILITY. During her time at college, Ms. Dorffer who has Cerebral Palsy noticed her fellow students were uncomfortable talking about disabilities. She used her love of fiction as a bridge to created understanding between people with and without disabilities. She complied several short stories from different individuals with varying challenges and compiled them into an anthology. To learn more about Ms. Dorffer and download her e-book, visit https://hub.jhu.edu/2018/05/21/emily-dorffer-disabilities-literature-anthology/
Kol Echad, a monthly inclusive Shabbat service for individuals with special needs and their families is led by Cantor Karen Webber. The service expands prayer and celebration through visual, musical, and movement components. Each service is held in a different local synagogue allowing community members and professionals to contribute their talents to make every Shabbat experience unique. To learn more about the Cantor Karen Webber and Kol Echad visit The Jewish Times http://jewishtimes.com/79155/kol-echad-brings-all-children-into-the-fold/news/.To join the Kol Echad Facebook community visit https://www.facebook.com/ShabbatInclusion/.
Harford County government officials, members of the Harford Commission on Disabilities, local businesses, and community members joined together to open the newly created Sensory Trail at Shucks Road Regional Park on April 25th, 2018. The creation of the Sensory Trail expands opportunities for inclusive recreation in Harford County. The trail is 1/10 of a mile and includes 10 super sensory features such as roller table sliding, tactile surfaces, and interactive musical equipment. The Sensory Trail provides individuals of all ages and sensory preferences a safe community environment for enjoyment. To learn about the collaboration between Harford County government, community, and business, please read the article in the Baltimore Sun http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/aegis/ph-ag-sensory-trail-opens-20180424-story.html.