Pritzker Pucker Foundation Keshet Inspire Center
Helping you include Campers, Students, and Workers into your community.
In partnership with the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Keshet expanded its work to support organizations dedicated to working with individuals with disabilities.
How you can create inclusion in your community:
- Encourage people to become genuinely empathetic and welcoming toward people with disabilities.
- Welcome people with disabilities into your communities and personal lives.
- Include people with disabilities in ALL aspects of communal life.
- Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
About Pritzker Pucker Keshet Inspire Center
Since 2015, the Pritzker Pucker Foundation Keshet Inspire Center has partnered to directly provide disability awareness to peers and staff training to over 30 organizations serving more than 15,000 children and adults across the continent and around the globe. A sample of these organizations includes the Independent Jewish Camping Association, Camp Leaders, and The American Academy of Pediatrics.
Within the Chicago area, the Inspire Center supported the inclusion of children with disabilities into their local synagogues, schools and camps by staffing several large synagogues, consulting with camp staff and providing disability awareness to over 1,000 children.
The Inspire Center can assist your organization through consultation, training, and disability awareness. Please contact the Center’s Director, Dr. Jennifer Gendel at Jen@keshet.org and view our speaker list. Learn more about our consultants in the “Consultant Bios” section located on the top right of this page.
Our Services Include:
- Disability Awareness for staff and students
- Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)
- Parent workshops
Professional development for community, schools, recreation and camps including
- Behavior Management and Strategies
- Classroom Supports for All Learners
- Fostering Inclusive Communities
- Inclusion in All Areas of Jewish Life
- Strategies and Best Practices for Working with a Teaching Assistant/Inclusion Aide in Your Classroom
- Inclusion Strategies in the Early Childhood Classroom
- Providing Visual Supports in the Classroom
- Introduction to Disabilities
Additional Consultation Services
- Assistance in hiring staff to work with individuals with disabilities
- Support for overnight and day summer camps who want to provide an inclusive experience
- Around the Globe Consultation Package (brochure on right)
- Staff Training
- Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tutoring for Students Who Learn Differently (please contact Brooke Dordek at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Consult with early childhood programs to support inclusion and provide disability awareness presentations
- Analyze testing dates to assist in curriculum development
- Guide your school administration in developing plans and processes for creating a more inclusive environment
- Assist classroom teachers in how to differentiate curriculum
- Provide recommendations to support inclusion through observation of children, classes and staff
- Guide your synagogue leadership in developing plans and processes for creating a more inclusive environment
- Facilitate workshops for staff and other stakeholders
- Assistance in navigating the special education process
- Providing resources and supports
- Making Summer Magic
- Additional workshops coming soon