Standing Up for Inclusion

Pam SchullerGreater MetroWest ABLE is excited to announce that it is about to embark on its first Matan Institute of Greater MetroWest on Sunday, September 18. There are 22 educators representing 11 congregations participating in the yearlong program which provides education and mentorship in the area of special education.

The Matan Institute is a national training program for Jewish professional which aims to change the landscape of Jewish education and its communal approach to children with special needs. Participants in the program meet a number of times throughout the year, receiving guidance for including children with special needs in Jewish education, concrete teaching tools for reaching all students, and a new network of like-minded Jewish professionals with whom they can engage on an ongoing basis. It is truly a unique program that helps those who participate as well as the members of the community whose lives they touch.

This year’s program will launch with an event that is free of charge and open to all in the community. Stand-up comedian Pam Schuller is an internationally known inclusion activist. With great humor she shares her personal story of growing with a severe case of Tourette Syndrome and how she learned to navigate the Jewish world as a child with a disability. Join us for her engaging, funny, and heart-wrenching address on Sunday, September 18, 9 a.m., at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Rte. 10, Whippany.

For a look at one of Pam’s presentations, click here.