This Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), Dror Israel has launched a new initiative which aims to create more inclusive school environments.
The Meorer, Dror Israel’s educational workshop provider, recently launched a brand-new mobile exhibit, called Room for Everyone, about disabilities – both visible and hidden – the people who have them, and how we as individuals and society encounter them every day at home, at school, and in public.
Just one week and the exhibit has already traveled to schools in Merom HaGalil in the north and Kibbutz Hatzerim near Beer Sheva in the south! Students and teachers alike had an opportunity to engage with this important subject. Branch directors from the HaNoar HaOved youth movement also took part in a special training session featuring the exhibit.
The exhibit’s guided activity raises the questions: What is a ‘normal person’? What is a disability? What is the difference between a difficulty and a disability? What challenges do people with disabilities face throughout their lives?
But most importantly, the exhibit asks what we must do as individuals and as a society in order to develop more sensitivity, and better recognize the challenges that people with disabilities and their loved ones face every day.
The activity has already received positive feedback from participants that is so wonderful to hear:
“The activity was really great, just right for the group and their age. High-quality content that’s important for youth and presented in the right way for them. There was a meaningful discussion and the kids really enjoyed themselves and learned a lot. We are glad that we had the opportunity to share this exhibit with our students!”
The new exhibit joins our series of mobile exhibits and activities on topics including Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s life, legacy and assassination; the Ethiopian Jewish community’s journey to Israel; Jewish rebellions during the Holocaust; and more.