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The purpose of advocacy and self-advocacy is for you and your family to decide what it is you want, develop a plan, carry out that plan, and evaluate how you did. Find out how to achieve these goals.

Follow these organizations to read the latest on disability rights.  

Words matter. The way we describe individuals affects their self-image and how society perceives them. It goes a long way to think before we speak — and emphasize the person before his/her disability. Next time, instead of saying, “Rachel is autistic,” try, “Rachel is a student with autism.” You’ll see how this small, thoughtful measure makes such a big impact!

Be sensitive and respectful

Follow these simple guidelines for how to treat and interact with people of diverse abilities. From proper terminology to etiquette, you’ll find useful tips — and that being inclusive is really quite easy. Learn more

Those living with disabilities have rights just like anyone else. Learn what’s covered under:

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) set the following priorities to advocate on behalf of people with disabilities. Working collectively with communities across North America, JFNA helps advance policy to promote inclusion and empower individuals with diverse abilities.

  • Encouraging full inclusion of people with disabilities and physical accessibility for all aspects of Jewish communal life and in the workplace and ensuring that people with disabilities live in and receive supports that enable them to achieve maximum independence.
  • Safeguarding and enhancing the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Advocating for Legislative Able Age Adjustment Act, a bill that increases the age threshold, from 26 to 46, for tax-favored ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts. (ABLE accounts are designed to enable individuals with disabilities to save for and pay for disability-related expenses).
  • Pressing for a long-term extension of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project, offering states’ Medicaid incentives to transition those living in nursing homes and other institutions into less restrictive settings.
  • Supporting job training and integrated employment for people with disabilities while promoting funding and policies for recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion.
  • Promoting accessible transportation and supportive services for people with disabilities, and respite care for caregivers.