North American Inclusion Month
The Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities created North American Inclusion Month. The North American Inclusion Month, which is now five years old, was created to recognize the need for more opportunities and support for people with disabilities in education and employment. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on February 2, 2010 that acknowledged NAIM’s goals.
NAIM offers society an opportunity to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. No matter what disability an individual may have, the North American Inclusion Month strives to make them feel as part of society as a normal person. This month is not intended to provide insight into the needs and aspirations of disabled people for four weeks. North American Inclusion Month serves as an opportunity to encourage a more positive attitude towards people with disabilities throughout the year.
Simple individual actions can make society more welcoming for people with disabilities. One example is to go out of your way to make contact with people with disabilities. People with disabilities often avoid people who are unsure of what to say or do. A disabled person’s most significant problem is not feeling included in society.
People with disabilities, from children to adults can feel included during North American Inclusion Month. It is important that sport be inclusive. This can be done by adapting certain aspects of the sport. Aids can be used to help children at school who have hearing or sight impairments. They will still enjoy the lesson as much as their classmates. A nostalgia night that includes a sing-along can bring back happy memories for elderly people with disabilities.