Sasone (the Hebrew word for joy) is the name of the Jewish community’s program that works to ensure children with special needs and their families have support in accessing a Jewish education. A program of Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, Sasone has been a part of our community for over 25 years.

 

The goals of Sasone are to:

  • Provide Jewish preschools, religious schools, day schools, camps and other programs around the Greater KC area with funding and resources to help support students with identified and unidentified special needs.
  • Provide training and resources to Jewish community leaders, teachers, administrators, and peers to support inclusive learning environments where all students can grow, learn and thrive.
  • Consult with schools, administrators and teachers to provide individualized program planning.

Why does inclusion matter?

 

  • Seven million children and one in four adults in the U.S. live with a disability.
  • 1 in 5 Americans live with a Mental Health condition
  • Nearly 15-20% of school-age students have a learning disability such as ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.
  • According to Matan, a renowned national Jewish inclusion and disability advocacy organization, there are currently over 200,000 Jewish students with special learning, attention, language and development needs across the country.

 

Upcoming Events

August, 19, 2022: Community-Wide Educator Professional Development
October 24, 2022: Supporting Students with Down Syndrome Workshop
February 1-28, 2023: Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

 

 

For support or resources, please reach out to Lindsey Lipsky, Sasone Director.