The Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month launch event
On the 6th of February 2019, British Friends of ALEH launched the Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) with over 100 people supporting the cause and raise funds for ALEH’s Creative Therapies Art programmes.
The event was generously hosted by Annette and Danny Tricot. On the night the guest speaker and renowned futurist artist, Vincent C.L. Jö –Nés, spoke about the empowering power of art to unlock hidden abilities of people with disabilities, and how this parallels with the ALEH’s outstanding work to keep finding the abilities within its children with severe disabilities in Israel.Sharon Bar-Li, the deputy Israeli ambassador who addressed the event, said: “Israel has made tremendous progress in improving the message of inclusion, with more people with disabilities joining the army and places of employment.” She also highlighted ALEH’s remarkable work, and its new innovative project: the establishment of a new inclusive town in southern Israel named ‘Daniel’.
Adjacent to ‘ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran’, ALEH’s rehabilitative village, the new town with at least 10% of its residents with disabilities and special needs, will mark the beginning of a movement to make true inclusion a societal norm.Alex Daulby, a father to Mia, an ALEH resident who suffers from severe developmental delay with no speech and language skills, shared his moving story and described how ALEH saved his family, after making Aliya from Manchester in 2006 to find a permanent home in a Jewish country for their daughter.
The atmosphere on the night was moving and special and guests have said how inspired they were by ALEH’s work. We successfully raised £25,000 for the ALEH Art Therapies Programmes, which create channels for communication, sensory stimulation and creative self-expression, and are vital for the development and wellbeing of the children.