Breaking through the Stigma of Disability

To kick off Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), we are inviting Connie Putterman, a TED presenter and a Jewish inclusion advocate from Toronto to share insights with our community during a scholar-in-residence weekend on February 1-2. Connie is the chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto's Disability and Inclusion Committee and the founder of the Canada/Israel Autism Research Initiative.

  • Shabbat Lunch & Learn - Israel and Inclusion: A Personal Perspective

    Saturday, February 1, 12-2 pm @ Congregation Shaarey Tefilla 3085 W 116th St, Carmel, IN 46032

    The entire community is invited to a learn with Connie as she shares personal experiences that led her to found the Canada/Israel Autism Research Initiative, a private initiative fostering collaborations between Canadian and Israeli autism researchers. The discussion will address cultural stigmas associated with autism and ways the Jewish community can address them. Please RSVP by January 28.

  • Personal Journeys of Parenting a Child with Special Needs

    Sat. February 1, 6-8 pm @ Home (Address Provided w/RSVP)

    If you are a parent of a child with a disability, we invite you to meet with peers and learn from Connie’s personal journey as a parent of a child on the autism spectrum. Please contact Nina Price at or 317-715-6993 if you would like to join us or know of another parent who should be invited. Parents will gather for dinner and discussion at the home of a community member from 6-8pm (address shared upon RSVP).

  • Celebrating Rather than Stigmatizing Difference

    Sunday, February 2, 10 - 11:30 am @ IHC 6501 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260

    Everyone is invited to join in a conversation about ways we can actively address the stigma of disabilities and celebrate the neurodiversity of our community. The focus of the program will be a panel comprised of Connie and representatives from various local service providers who will address the topic and share concrete suggestions for promoting inclusion.