Recent Programs

2015

  • 2015
    • Presentation at Regional Symposium of Human Resource Professionals Association
    • Family Workshops for 134 people (English/Spanish)
    • Disability Etiquette Workshops at AIG, Fort Bend County, Schools
    • Establishment of new inclusion committee at Congregation Beth Israel
    • Worked with area camp to become more inclusive in summer program for children with disabilities
    • Speaker series: UP Abilities:
    • Hugh Herr: The Human Spirit: Merging Body & Machine
    • Elliot Kotek: Not Impossible: Technology for the Sake of Humanity
    • Kevin Breel: Depressed Comic: The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health
    • Amy Purdy: Living Beyond Limits
    • Fire Museum Accessibility Event
  • 2015 ReelAbilities Film and Arts Festival
  • ReelEducation:
    • Reached 2000 students with films, speakers and programs

2014 Programs

  • 2014 ReelStories.
    • A New Bibliography. A list of books written by individuals with disabilities or their family members is in ongoing formation. To learn more, go to:
      http://www.disabilitiesfilmfestival.org/pdfs/ReelStoriesBibliography_022014.pdf
    • High Schools in the Houston area can apply for donations of selected books from the bibliography and arrange for authors to speak at their schools. To submit new title for the bibliography or to arrange for a high school program, please contact Rachel Davis at rdavis@jfshouston.org
  • 2014 ReelWorkPlace
    • Andrews Kurth LLP has taken the lead in organizing a special opportunity for both attorneys and all other employees in law firms throughout the city who interact with clients and other employees who have disabilities. One hour CLE workshops present the legal, ethical and etiquette related to disabilities in the workplace. For more information contact Rachel Davis at radavis@jfshouston.org
  • Positive Exposure Houston
    • Thirty seven families brought their children with genetic or other differences to a photo shoot with famed fashion photographer Rick Guidotti. The resulting exhibition redefines beauty and spirit and is available for exhibition. A partnership of JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion, Positive Exposure, The Nicole Longnecker Gallery and the Baylor Genetic Outreach Group, the exhibition was featured in the Houston Chronicle. To learn more about having this exhibition at your site, contact Rachel Davis at rdavis@jfshouston.org
    • Read the Houston Chronicle article below:
      Page 1
      Page 2
  • Coalition of Related Agencies
    • 2007 – Present
    • Meets as necessary
  • Coalition of Direct Service Providers
    • 2011 – Present
    • Executive level representation from every Jewish organization in Houston that provides services to individuals with disabilities.
    • Group of Jewish Communal Professionals in Houston who meet on a quarterly basis to coordinate calendars, share program updates, look for opportunities to collaborate and cross training.
  • Inclusion Committee Consultation
    • 2010 – Present
    • Provide on-going consultation to any area synagogue or Jewish organization that wants to implement an inclusion committee.

Past Programs

Speakers

Arts

Community

  • Sponsor “J” Serve
    • 2010
  • Yom Limmud, 2008
    • Dr. Ruth Strudler & Karol Musher
    • Enabling Success for Your Child with Learning Disabilities
    • JFS Alexander Institute Display & Information table
    • Project Shalom – handmade gifts
    • JFS sponsored supportive classroom and closed captioning
  • Yom Limmud, 2009
    • Naomi Duke, CFP
    • Special Needs Call for Special Planning
    • JFS Alexander Institute Display & Information table
    • Project Shalom – handmade gifts
    • JFS sponsored supportive classroom and closed captioning
  • Yom Limmud, 2010
    • JFS Alexander Institute Display & Information table
    • Project Shalom – handmade gifts
    • JFS sponsored supportive classroom and closed captioning
  • Yom Limmud, 2011
    • Shelly Christensen
    • Journey of Hope
    • The Tachlis of Inclusion: Moving from Invisibility to Visibly IN
    • Inclusion Consultation
    • Even Moses Needed a Voice: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk
    • JFS Alexander Institute Display & Information table
    • Project Shalom and Celebration Company handmade gifts
    • JFS sponsored supportive classroom and closed captioning
  • Yom Limmud, 2012
    • JFS Information Table
    • Project Shalom and Celebration Company handmade gifts
    • JFS sponsored supportive classroom and closed captioning
  • Collage
    • Provided closed captioning 2009, 2010, 2011
  • ERJCC Jewish Books and Art Fair
    • Provided closed captioning 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
    • In 2011 ERJCC signed a memorandum of understanding with JFS that will require the ERJCC to cover the full cost of closed captioning within a 3 year period.
  • Project Now
    • 2009, 2010
    • Jewish Family Service supported a consultant for Project NOW, a program of the Bureau of Jewish Education that was developed to help assess the overall needs of the early childhood classroom. The BJE provided an educational specialist to each of the 10 early childhood programs.
  • Yad B Yad
    • 2009
    • Jewish Family Service supported the professional for Yad B Yad, an afterschool inclusion program at the Robert M. Beren Academy. The pilot program was in response to families looking for a Jewish day school experience for their child with disabilities. The goal was to provide Jewish children with an hour and a half of Jewish programming within the warmth of a Day School mainstreaming setting.
  • Club Haver
    • 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
    • Jewish Family Service supported the staffing needs of Club Haver
    • Club Haver was created to provide a social group experience for school aged children with disabilities. Monthly activities were held at the JCC and included things such as: concerts, Family Hanukkah Festival, Purim crafts, Friendship Circle Passover Celebration and Yom Haatzmaut, Bingo Bonanza and a Mad Science Event.