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November 24, 2014 | 2nd Kislev 5775

Shelly Christensen

Inclusion

Shelly ChristensenShelly Christensen, MA, literally wrote the book on inclusion of people with disabilities, Jewish Community Guide to Inclusion of People with Disabilities. Shelly is the award-winning Program Manager of the Minneapolis Jewish Community Inclusion Program for People with Disabilities at Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis. Recognizing the need for Jewish communities to raise awareness about inclusion, Shelly co-founded Jewish Disability Awareness Month with the Jewish Special Education Consortium in 2009. In 2010 she founded Inclusion Innovations to provide guidance and mentorship to Jewish communities and institutions committed to becoming more welcoming and inclusive. Shelly is on staff of the new Jewish Leadership Institute on Disability and Inclusion at the University of Delaware. She is Vice President of the Religion and Spirituality Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Shelly's writing has appeared in numerous publications, and she is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Together with her husband Rick, she has raised three sons, including Jacob, who has Asperger syndrome and has navigated both secular and Jewish worlds.

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