Disability Awareness and Inclusion Committee

Disability Awareness and Inclusion

How to Help

  • Agudas Achim needs your input and experiences to ensure that we can fulfill our mission of being a truly welcoming and egalitarian community.   

Your feedback is so valuable!  Whether you

  • have a disability, be it physical, sensory, intellectual, emotional, or developmental or any combination thereof or a health-related condition such as food or other allergies;
  • live, work with, and/or assist someone who has such a disability or health-related condition, or
  • want to ensure that our community is accessible to all;

Please complete the Agudas Achim Disability Inclusion Questionnaire online or if you prefer to have a survey mailed to you, please contact the synagogue office at (703) 998-6460. As you complete the survey, you might want to think about what would make our building better equipped to serve the needs of you and your family; how our programming could be modified, and what we should do to make our members more knowledgeable about the needs of congregants and visitors with disabilities. Give thought to accommodations that you or your family member may have received or requested at other synagogues, public buildings, schools, etc. Also, reflect on how you have seen lectures, shows, and concerts made accessible to others or how communities have supported and accommodated individuals with non-physical disabilities including allergies, autism, or emotional disabilities. The survey provides a list of common accommodations needed by some individuals, as well as a place to provide individualized feedback.

The Agudas Achim Disability Inclusion Committee

The Agudas Achim Disability Inclusion Committee was formed in February 2018 on the heels of our very successful Disability Inclusion and Awareness Shabbat weekend. The purpose of the Committee is to promote inclusion and access for individuals with disabilities at Agudas Achim, whether they are members or guests of members.  The committee held its first meeting in early March and is chaired by Barbara Elkin. In addition to developing the Disability Inclusion Questionnaire, the Committee will also be working with staff and leadership over the next year to implement a self-assessment,using the Disability Self-Assessment Toolkit developed by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and will be making recommendations to the Board and staff for changes needed to promote Disability access and inclusion at Agudas Achim, based in part on responses to the survey.  If you are interested in being on the committee, want more information about the work of the committee, or would like to be on an email list about activities or events related to Disability Inclusion, please email info@agudasachim-va.org.   

Upcoming Events - Stay tuned!