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Monday, November 5, 2018 / Events

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Friday, September 21, 2018 / Views

Sukkot, Ushpizin, and Disability Inclusion

[Written for Chabad.org, ] As we approach our Creator throughout the month of Elul, coronate Him on Rosh Hashanah and cry out to him during Yom Kippur, we turn increasingly inward to reflect upon who we are and who we’d like to become. We strive to draw closer to G‑d, change for the better, treat everyone with respect, and start …Read more >

Thursday, August 16, 2018 / news

Physician Assisted Suicide: Yad HaChazakah Testifies Against NYS Bills

Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) is the act of killing one’s self with the assistance of a doctor and other medical professionals. It’s a response to the pain, suffering, or reduced functional capacities endured by people who are “terminally ill”, medically determined to have no more than a 6-month life expectancy. In America, eight states have legalized PAS. They are California, …Read more >

Thursday, August 16, 2018 / news

Join the YadEmpowers Alliance Today!

You can make a difference.   People with physical, hearing, vision, and learning disabilities still face barriers to communal worship; yeshivas; Torah learning events and internet videos; as well as to stores, restaurants, and event halls.   Those who are autistic are still misunderstood and not properly accommodated and people with mental health conditions are still stigmatized. The YadEmpowers Alliance was launched …Read more >

Monday, October 10, 2016 / Views

“DISABILITY” EMPOWERS US; “SPECIAL NEEDS” WEAKENS US

(Written for The Jewish Press‘ Building Blocks Magazine, September 2016) “Special needs” terminology is insidiously poisonous.  This euphemism seems innocuous, but, in actuality, it corrodes and undermines the very strides for dignity, respect, and equality for which disability activists have crawled up the U.S. Capitol steps, effected the longest Federal agency sit-in in American history, and undergone arrests for civil …Read more >

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