I’ve blogged in the past on Kveller about my son’s experience in our local community day school. He is 8 years old, high functioning on the autism spectrum, and is committed to being in day…school. It has not been easy, and on a bad day, I beat myself up about whether he would be better off back in a local public school like the one he attended for kindergarten. Luckily, my son’s good days far outnumber the bad days. Even better? My son and I are not alone in… >> Read More
As part of our month-long series dedicated to Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Benay shares her success at mainstreaming her son on the autism spectrum into a Jewish day school classroom.
Our…son got his first siddur (prayer book) last week, and it was--in a word--amazing. A year ago, I never would have predicted he would be up on that stage. In fact, I was convinced of just the opposite--that my son would not be attending Jewish day school at all, let alone participating in the first… >> Read More
As part of our month-long series dedicated to Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Benay shares her hopes and concerns about her son's future Jewish education.
I watch my 5-year-old at Jr.…Congregation on Shabbat, and I am amazed. Here, in a small room with children, songs, and a teacher he knows and loves, he is comfortable and in his element. He participates, and more than that, he wants to be a leader, a teacher, and a student. He runs onto the bimah in the sanctuary for… >> Read More