Special Needs and Education Blog

Beyond the Mitzvah: Open Up Your Circle of Friends by Yael Zelinger

My name is Yael and I am good at teaching Sign Language. I am not so good at shooting hoops. What are you good at and what are you not so good at?

We all have things that we are good at and things that we are not so good at. While the US government imprints millions and trillions of quarters and they all look exactly the same, every single human being that ever lived on this blessed earth looks and acts differently, has different opinions and invokes different perspectives. 

Showing Appreciation by Meyer Greenberger

meyer.jpgThere is something that we do which is not always appreciating all that is given to us and wanting more.  I think wanting more than what Hashem is giving us is a very bad middah (character trait).  When we can’t get what we want, we try to get it anyway, even if that might be impossible. If we don’t get it we get very upset.  Hashem tells us if you get upset about this one thing then you’re liable to be frustrated and thus influenced by people.

We have to appreciate what we have, and what we have is what Hashem gave us, and what He gave us is exactly what we need.  Not always do we have to get what another person has even though we want it.

A Note from CJE's JADE Intern: Erica Newberg

erika%20newberg.jpgMy name is Erica Newberg and I am currently a senior at Towson University. I am a Deaf Studies major with a focus on Human Services. I began to take American Sign Language classes in high school and “fell in love at first sight” with the language and the culture I hope to establish a career where I can interact with the Deaf community on a daily basis. I am the current intern for JADE: Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education, under my supervisor Yael Zelinger who is the Coordinator. I began to work here a few weeks ago and I am having so much fun! I am most excited for the Deafblind Shabbaton, which will take place in June of this year.

And the Oscar Goes To.....

A blog post by Martha Goodman, Coordinator of MD SNAP.

This week the Academy Award nominations were announced.  One of this year’s nominees for Best Film is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which is set two years after 9/11 and is narrated by Oscar (a hopeful foreshadowing perhaps?), a sensitive boy who lost his father in the tragedy, and also happens to have a form of autism.  I’d like to take this opportunity to nominate these fascinating flicks:

The 'R' Word

A blog post by Yael Zelinger, Professional Development Associate and Coordinator, JADE.

zelinger.jpgI knew what the word “retarded” meant before most adults did.  Because my father ran a school for what were then called “retarded” children, he taught me how to describe the concept to my friends who would ask about his job. I learned to explain that a typical person could touch a hot stove and quickly pull his hand away, however, when a “retarded” person touches a hot stove, he would not pull his hand away quickly enough because his brain works more slowly.

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