In honor of February’s Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month, a delegation of BBYO teens participated at Jewish Disability Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, co-sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America. BBYO's participation was a natural outcome of their strong inclusion program and values.
“We have a whole inclusion committee and have been working year-round to ensure that all teens feel included and understand how to advocate for people with disabilities and their families,” said Arielle Handel, BBYO’s Director of Inclusion. “We saw this opportunity for the teens to participate in Advocacy Day and they were really excited to go.”
BBYO member Naomi Hess, who uses a wheelchair, shared her thoughts on how we can take action and advocacy to the next level:
"Last week, eleven other teens involved in BBYO and I attended Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD), an event sponsored by the Jewish Federation of North America and the Religious Action Center. At JDAD, 200 people gathered to learn about the status of disability policy in America. As someone who is Jewish and has a disability, I am passionate about advancing the rights of all Americans, regardless of religion or ability..." Read more here.