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

February 1-28: Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month
February 20: Professional Development with Meredith Polsky
February 23-24: Jewish Disability Advocacy Day

 

 

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