One of the media initiatives that WWGC has advocated in the past seven years is the advocacy of special needs children and bringing awareness to the challenges faced by caregivers and parents. It is sad that the stories that are delivered through the mainstream print and broadcasting media are an enigma for many parents in because of the number of approaches. What is actually the truth? This question is posed by WWGC and addressed by culturally aligned practice experts from parents to psychologists and social research activists.
Autism is a growing epidemic, and women who raise autistic children need help, support, and a socially aware community who sees this as learning difference rather than a disability. Nagla M. has been a great community advocate and has often contributed great ideas for WWGC to cover on and off the air.
WWGC is working with Jewish Family Services to organize the very first symposium in 2013 in collaboration with all community leaders and faith-based institutions. Consultancy and best practices are shared by WWGC so together this forum for the special needs community becomes a learning opportunity for all, generating awareness and resources for families to thrive in positive conditions rather than feel deprived and abandoned.
Jewish Family Services of Greater Dallas receives grant to create inclusive Faith-based communities symposia
Led by local faith leaders, new programming will create opportunities to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their highest potential in the community.
Dallas, TX, June 14, 2012 — Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas (JFS) is pleased to announce the organization was awarded a grant from the Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities to create a series of inclusive, faith-based communities symposia in an effort to share successful strategies to fully embrace individuals with disabilities, and their families, throughout the community. Tentatively scheduled for February 2013, the first of two symposia will include opportunities for spiritual leaders and lay leaders from a cross-section of faith communities in the four-county region, including Dallas, Rockwall, Collin and Denton counties. Faith leaders will collaborate to create opportunities that empower an individual or family with a disability to reach their highest potential in the community, whether it is a social, emotional, behavioral, academic or spiritual need.
A 12-member project advisory committee comprised of influential community leaders was assembled to focus on studying successful models within the Greater Dallas community and regions across the state and around the country. The research and study of successful inclusion programs, as well as a community consumer survey, will help to identify the crucial needs of the special needs population and their families to plan and implement strategies for broader inclusive programming.
“With the growing numbers of kids and adults being identified with special needs coupled with the challenge of federal and state budget cuts for services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the need for coordinated, community-wide services through a network of faith-based communities is imperative,” said Teri Kachur, Project Director at JFS. “There are a number of successful faith-based programs in the greater Dallas community and we look forward to collaborating and sharing ideas to continue to meet the growing needs of our community.”