Include: Special Needs
Jewish LearningWorks believes that all children deserve to be welcomed, included and embraced by the Jewish community regardless of individual needs or learning style. Now in our 10th year, Include: Special Needs has evolved to provide school directors, preschool through high school teachers, youth professionals, and families with special needs the highly customized support, consultation and referral they seek to thrive as learners and as Jews.
Training and Support for Educators
Gain the knowledge, skills and tools you need to effectively serve ALL of your students. Especially those with special needs.
Back and better than ever - now available
FREE OF CHARGE in the San Francisco Federated Area, nominal fee beyond.
“The Toolkit saved the day… once again!”
Warm Line - Phone Support
for Professionals & Parents
Open to any parent OR professional seeking referral support or direct support in any of our areas of expertise. Call 415.529.3250.
Support and Referrals
Being a parent is a full time job. Connect for support and we'll help you or direct you to the team who can.
High Holy Days @Shul
Printable activity pages for kids. Created with the needs of ALL learners explicitly in mind.
Use it on the go, at home or during services.
Available Trainings and Areas of Expertise Include:
Mission, Vision, and Goal Strategies and Tactics
Special Needs audits/analysis
Staff, madrichim, and adult aide training
Support for alternative b’nai mitzvot
Support for conversations among parents
and staff, clergy, educators
Facilitating play groups/social groups for kids
Convening support groups for parents/families
Support in creating programs for young adults
with special needs
Identifying developmental red flags
Sourcing and identifying subject matter experts
Special Needs 101
(broad discussion of 3 diagnoses)
(including autism, ADHD, emotionally disturbed/
behavioral disorders, and more)
Challenging conversations with parents
Creating a culture of inclusion
Assessment: From Observation to Action
Accessibility (community events, worship, school)
Meet Dr. David Neufeld, Ph.D.
David, our resident special needs inclusion expert, has been with Jewish LearningWorks since November 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from UC Berkeley and previously worked as an educational and developmental consultant in private practice working with children with autism, ADHD, and other disabilities in a variety of social and educational settings, including drama-based social skills groups.
Prior to starting a private practice and joining Jewish LearningWorks, David was a Jewish educator in the community for 7 years. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughters, who he likes a whole lot. He also likes ice cream.
Special Needs Family Camp
Each year, children with special needs and their siblings, parents, and grandparents enjoy three days of community, creativity, and fun in a Jewish setting. Together, they participate in Jewish communal and life cycle events and worship services. They attend workshops, relax, find support, and share experiences.