February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month.
The mission of JDA Month is to unite Jewish communities and organizations for the purpose of raising awareness and supporting meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in every aspect of Jewish life.
On March 10th and 11th, the Calgary Jewish Federation is hosting a public event followed by workshops with Ms. Elaine Hall, known as “the child whisperer” by The New York Times. On February 27 we are hosting a screening of the documentary film Autism: The Musical, which features the work of Ms. Hall. All events are free of charge and open to everyone.
Elaine was a top Hollywood children’s acting coach whose life changed dramatically after her son Neal, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was diagnosed with autism. She created The Miracle Project, a theatre and film social skills program, profiled in the Emmy winning HBO documentary, Autism: The Musical. A media personality, she has appeared on CNN, CBS, Oprah Radio, and featured in The LA Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
She is an international keynote speaker, workshop leader, inclusion activist, and blogger for the Huffington Post. Her memoir, Now I See the Moon, was chosen for World Autism Awareness Day at The United Nations where she has spoken several times. Now I See the Moon was recently selected as suggested reading for International Jewish Disability Awareness Month 2013.
Creator and director of an arts enrichment and Bar/Bat Mitzvah and religious education program in West Los Angeles, Hall, who is based in Santa Monica, California, was recently nominated as one of Los Angeles’ 50 most inspiring women. This past summer she spoke at an international conference in Jerusalem where she discussed her most recent book, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Creating Miracles in the Classroom.
The Calgary Jewish Federation would like to invite you to the following events. These events are free and open to anyone who likes to know more about inclusion programs in the Jewish community. Please forward this email to anyone who may be interested:
Wednesday, February 27 – 7:00pm
Calgary JCC – 1607 90 Ave SW
Join us for a screening of the Emmy award winning documentary Autism: The Musical, a film profiling The Miracle Project, and the amazing work of Elaine Hall
Sunday, March 10 – 7:00pm
Beth Tzedec Synagogue – 1325 Glenmore Trail SW
Join us as Elaine will be our guest speaker in a public awareness event entitled “A mother, a son, a miracle.”
Monday, March 11 – 9:00am-12:00pm OR 6:00-9:00pm
Calgary JCC – 1607 – 90 Ave SW
Elaine will be holding a morning and evening workshop for Jewish community professionals and lay leaders within the Jewish community. The workshops are interactive and promise to be a fulfilling experience but space is limited so to register, please contact Hila Maydar, Inclusion Coordinator, at 403-389.6994 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any further questions.
Looking forward to see you in these events!