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Incredibly uplifting story of Waddie Welcome, who was born July 4, 1914 in Savannah Georgia. Non-verbal and immobilized in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy, Waddie effectively created a sizeable circle of advocacy around himself. He successfully lived with families in homes rather than a hospital bed. Remarkable story.
Chris Ulmer — or Mr. Chris, as his students call him — is a special education teacher at Mainspring Academy in Jacksonville, Fla. For months Mr. Chris has been sharing videos on his Facebook page, hoping to “spread empathy, understanding and awareness for children with a variety of special needs.”
However, his unique attitude allows for something even more extraordinary. Mr. Chris spends 10 minutes serving up awesome compliments to his students and giving them high-fives each morning.
Shelly Christensen, MA, FAAIDD, Executive Director
The High Holiday Inclusive Congregations Guide, new for 5777/2016, is available as a free download for any congregation that wants to learn how the High Holy Days can be a time to affirm its commitment to inclusion and belonging… and much more on website.
Because when we have a community that appreciates each person and what that person brings to the table, the entire community benefits. A fully inclusive community is celebrating the unique qualities that everyone brings to that table, creating a safer and stronger community — one of trust where people can be uniquely themselves.
Just opening your door is not a mitzvah; it’s a start. What happens after the welcome is what really matters. It’s the critical difference between being tolerated and being valued — that difference is everything.