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Disability Inclusion

Legacy of Lila/מורשת לילה

In support of CJDS’s mission and vision, the Moreshet Lila Initiative will seek, as opportunities and resources permit, to:

  • Expand our umbrella to enable CJDS families the opportunity for siblings with a broad spectrum of needs to attend the same school as one community for their family, inclusive of all their children.
  • Build a school community that is a model of inclusive education. Our goal is to include all CJDS students to the extent possible in the classroom and provide individualized support and services to achieve that goal.
  • Expand the CJDS educational community to serve a wider range of students across a broader spectrum of need, ranging from students who require no support beyond the typical classroom structure to those who require one-on-one assistance throughout the day in order to access the curriculum and broader school environment.
  • Expand internal team and expertise to ensure students and teachers are fully and meaningfully supported to implement this vision.
  • Provide supports, professional development opportunities, and pathways that support the professional growth of the CJDS staff within this realm.
  • Develop partnerships with relevant organizations in the Jewish and surrounding community and beyond who share the inclusive education vision towards economies of scale, shared resources, and advancement of excellence and access.

Pilot Inclusion Initiative
To catalyze this mission, CJDS is currently conducting a school/academic pilot initiative in partnership with Jen Newton, PhD, Associate Professor, Ohio University Patton College of Education. This includes teacher training, student training, and specialized support grounded in the principles of inclusive education. This initial step is foundational to the achievement of the more ambitious agenda of the Moreshet Lila Initiative @ CJDS.

Moreshet Lila is seeking support to achieve its mission including funding for:
● Moreshet Lila Initiative Director
● Special Educators
● Support for academic-school partnership
● Paraprofessional supports
● Team of therapists
● Sensory and adaptive equipment
● Development of pull-out spaces for therapies and sensory regulation
● Teacher training, professional development, and coaching
● Development of curricular materials that embody the integrated principles of inclusive excellence and Jewish values
● Infrastructure to host an inclusive excellence hub in partnership with other Chicago-based Jewish organizations

Moreshet (Legacy of) Lila is an initiative of CJDS dedicated to the memory of Lila Weinzweig, a CJDS great-grandparent and a passionate Jewish educator who was a lifelong champion of Jewish engagement and education, with multigenerational impact.

Our goal is to expand our umbrella to enable CJDS families the opportunity for siblings with a broad spectrum of needs to attend the same school as one community for their family, inclusive of all of  their children.