We have started to compile a list of resources for Jews with disabilities. If you would like to see a specific resource added, please contact us with the details.
Yad HaChazakah-JDEC works with people of all ages with obvious or hidden disabilities or ongoing health conditions to become empowered to:
- Direct our own lives.
- Live, love, learn, work, worship and lead in our communities.
- Bring disability consciousness and access to Jewish communities.
Led by Jews with disabilities, Yad HaChazakah-JDEC provides guidance, resource information, advocacy, and support networks for people with obvious or hidden disabilities and our families as we promote access to Jewish community life.
ADD Adults with Developmental Disabilities
The mission of ADD is to nurture personal relationships, positive work habits, and greater independence for developmentally disabled adults, 18 years of age and older, while supporting caregivers and increasing acceptance in the greater southeastern Pennsylvania community. ADD provides secure environments where members develop life skills—from arranging transportation and managing finances to forming and maintaining friendships. ADD helps members obtain employment, live on their own in apartments or in supervised group homes, form social networks, and make good personal choices for healthy living.
Our motto is: Then, Now and Always
For our members, ADD is this very special place.
Adults with Developmental Disabilities is a 501 (c) (3) organization.
Palm Beach Resources
The Council for Jews with Special Needs
The Council For Jews With Special Needs is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 with the goal of providing programs, supports and resources to help all Jews with disabilities and their families fulfill their spiritual, cultural and religious needs.
The agency provides assistance to Jewish individuals who have special needs and their families as well as local Jewish schools, camps, synagogues and other Jewish community organizations.
Programs and Services Include:
Support for inclusion in religious schools and Jewish camps
Family support groups and activities
Social groups for teens and adults with significant disabilities
Simchat Shabbat services
Information and referral services
Speakers bureau and community education
Sign language interpreters
Adult residential services
Independent agency providing disability resources in metropolitan Phoenix/Scottsdale area.Inclusion consultative services to all schools (preschool, day school, congregational schools, adult education) and all Jewish camps (day camps and residential) and recreation programs; teacher and camp staff training; disability awareness programs; family support programs; educational forums; sign language interpreters for Jewish clients in Jewish settings; two Jewish group homes for adults; special Shabbat service tailored to our clients’ needs; two adult social/continuing Jewish studies groups (meet twice a month); information and referral services; advocacy in Jewish and secular communities.
Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities is a thriving global organization dedicated to addressing the needs of all Jewish individuals with disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in every aspect of Jewish life. The inclusive design aims to ensure persons with diverse abilities their rightful place within the Jewish community, while helping to educate and advocate to the Jewish world for a greater understanding, acceptance, outreach, and a pro-disability attitude.
Our diverse services include, but are not limited to: social programming for all age groups; counseling services for individuals and families; weekend retreats; extensive parent support services; sibling services; vocational training and job placement; professional advocates and case managers; summer camps for members of all ages; special needs yeshivas; shabbat programs; Day Habilitation programs; Israel Birthright trips for persons with mobility and/or special learning needs; social skills development; lobbying for pro-disability legislation on the local, state, and federal levels; high school and university leadership program.
Membership is divided into three groups:
- Junior Yachad (8 to 15 years of age)
- Senior Yachad (16 – 25 years or age)
- Rayim Yachad (26 years of age and above)
Yachad members participate in several inclusive activities per month. There are Yachad Chapters located throughout the United States and Canada.
Jewish Deaf Resource Center
What We Do:
- Nurturing a richer and more meaningful Jewish communal life for everyone.
- Educating the wider Jewish community to increase awareness of individuals who are Jewish deaf and hard-of-hearing along with their families and friends.
- Negotiating for and developing resources to increase communication access for individuals who are Jewish deaf and hard-of-hearing to services, rituals, educational, and other Jewish experiences.
- Partnering with Jewish organizational leaders and decision makers to establish policies and programs for Jewish organizations to increase such understanding and access.
- Increasing representation of individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in Jewish communal leadership positions.
- Raising and managing funding for resources and programs to enable such increased communication access. This may include CART, interpreting or other options.
- Advising Jewish organizations on the logistics of creating programs and environments that enable full participation by individuals who are Jewish deaf and hard-of-hearing.
- Supporting and assisting individuals who are Jewish deaf and hard-of-hearing to navigate their relationship with the wider Jewish community.
- General advocating within the Jewish community for issues of concern to individuals who are Jewish deaf and hard-of-hearing along with their families and friends.
The Jewish Deaf Foundation
The Jewish Deaf Foundation, founded in early 2014, aims to bring innovative Jewish educational projects and programs to the Deaf community. We focus on all kinds of age groups, from toddlers through senior citizens. Our headquarters is based in Brooklyn, NY, but our programming reaches people from all over the world. We dream of building a strong and proud community made up of Jewish Deaf individuals. Our programming is always in sign language, and we ensure accessibility for the wider community through sign language interpreters and other methods. We believe that every Jewish Deaf person deserves to have direct access to the beauty of our rich Jewish heritage.
Jewish Deaf Congress
Our mission is to provide religious, cultural, and educational experiences. Our people include those who became deaf before acquiring language, those who became deaf later in life, and those who are hard of hearing. Some of our people use sign language; others depend fully on lipreading. Parents join our organization, as do grandparents. Some hear normally and with our deaf constituents represent a community of interpreters or educators, and rabbis, or perhaps even children or siblings or just friends of deaf adults.
For nearly 80 years, JBI has provided people of all ages who are blind, visually impaired or reading disabled with books, magazines, and special publications in Braille, Large Print and in Audio format that enable them to maintain their connection to the rich literary and cultural life of the Jewish and broader community.
The Jewish Heritage for the Blind:
The Jewish Heritage for the Blind ceaselessly strives to help the visually impaired remain active, accomplished, and independent members of the community. Aside from supplying large print and Braille material, and providing a host of resources and services, we also aid in meeting the social and interpersonal needs of the handicapped.
Jewish Blind of California
To educate and stimulate blind members in the realm of Jewish history and culture;
To arrange, conduct and encourage cultural, social and recreational
activities and services;
To further and promote the communication between the blind and sighted community so that a better understanding can be developed;
To promote the welfare and best interests of the blind;
To provide a multipurpose center for members;
To cooperate with other organizations in promotions and activities;
To provide a forum in which the blind can make new friends and enjoy activities together.
JEVS Human Services
JEVS Human Services enhances the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of programs. Consistent with our core principles and entrepreneurial spirit, JEVS Human Services creates innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future community needs.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the Autistic community, and does so by advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle: Jewish Family Service
JFS helps vulnerable individuals and families in the Puget Sound region achieve well-being, health and stability. The SAJD Supported Living Program provides skilled, compassionate, supported living services for people with developmental disabilities, persistent mental illness and brain injuries.
The Toronto Jewish Disability Resource Guide
This is an amazing resource for Toronto. The 148-page guide lists camps, schools, social services and more.
Jewish Deaf Association
The JDA is an independent, national charity offering professional support services, information and a range of social, cultural and educational programmes to people with all levels of hearing loss, people experiencing tinnitus, their friends, families and colleagues.
Jewish Blind and Disabled
Our core philosophy is that every individual is entitled to a life of dignity, independence and choice. Our mission is to provide this life for any adult in our community, from the age of 18 upwards, who is physically disabled or vision impaired. Our state-of-the-art mobility apartments are located within modern, well-maintained custom designed buildings providing a caring, Jewish environment where our tenants can get on with their lives safe in the knowledge that support is always on hand 24/7 if required.
Jami’s main focus is on recovery, and all the services we offer have this end goal. Jami believes that recovery from mental ill health is possible through giving people control over their lives by means of real choice and participation. The organisation aims to give people the resources and support necessary to lead as ‘ordinary’ a life as possible.
We are the largest provider of health and social care services for the Jewish community in the UK. Every week, we give care and support to 7,000 members of the community and their families. We provide services to:
- Older people
- People with mental health needs
- Holocaust survivors
- People with dementia
- People who care for others who have a variety of needs – e.g. mental health, older people, people with disabilities
- People with MS, Parkinson’s, strokes and those who are visually impaired
Jewish Mental Health
This website enables people in the Jewish community with mental health problems, their carers, and mental health professionals, to easily find out what services are available to them in Greater London. This website (and also a paper-based prospectus) lists all the different types of Jewish mental health services, where and when they are offered and by whom.
Norwood is a leading Jewish charity supporting children with special education needs, people with learning disabilities and vulnerable families at home, at school and throughout their lives.
שילוב נוער מיוחד בעבודה
A site that assists people with disabilities in Israel on issues around living and working with disabilities. The site is in Hebrew.
Today, LOTEM is the leading organization in Israel offering outings, nature clubs and creative workshops in nature to people with special needs. With centers in Jerusalem and the north of Israel, LOTEM serves more than 30,000 participants every year. LOTEM’s target population includes children and adults who are blind and visually impaired, deaf and hearing impaired, physically and intellectually challenged, emotionally disturbed, and at risk of physical and emotional abuse.
Yad Sarah`s mission is to keep the ill and the elderly in their homes and out of institutions as long as possible. Home care in the natural environment of the family is most conducive to healthy recuperation, both physically and emotionally. It also costs both family and State much less.
AACI’s Shira Pransky Project
AACI’s Shira Pransky Project was formed for the purpose of relieving English-speaking immigrants of the hardships associated with navigating the healthcare system in Israel. We promote accessible rights, benefits and support for English-speaking medical patients in Israel through education and advocacy.
Bekol, established in 1997, is a unique self-help association founded and directed by people with hearing loss. Bekol is the only organization in Israel that works to integrate hard-of-hearing adults (ages 18 and up) into the general society by addressing problems of legislation, accessibility, work, etc.
Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind
The mission of the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind is to improve the quality of life of blind people by providing them with safe mobility, independence and self-confidence through the faithful assistance of guide dogs.
SHEKEL believes that every person has the right to live in the community and it is society’s obligation to provide special services to enable people with disabilities to do so at home, at work and at cultural and leisure activities, while assuring dignity, self-fulfillment and integration in the community as equals.
Among SHEKEL’s wide fields of activity are group homes, vocational rehabilitation and cultural and leisure programs (the Si’im Program). SHEKEL also offers accessibility advice and planning, enrichment and rehabilitation programs in special education kindergartens and schools, a trauma center for victims of violence with disabilities and more.