Disabled Persons

The United Nations has designated 1981 as the "International Year of Disabled Persons."

NFTY, by action of its National Board in February 1981, has made working with the disabled and advocacy on their part its two-year national project.

Reform Judaism is proud of its heritage pursuing justice, equal rights, opportunities for all people.

We call upon our member congregations and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations to take the following steps:

  1. Make their worship and program functions and facilities accessible as soon as possible to those whose sight, hearing ,or mobility is impaired.
  2. Initiate and strengthen programs to employ qualified disabled persons.

We call upon the Commission on Social Action, member congregations of the UAHC, and other appropriate instrumentalities of Reform Judaism to work actively for equal rights and accessibility for disabled persons in our society through national and local advocacy.

Further, we call upon the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UAHC to designate a special committee, whose membership shall include disabled individuals, to recommend specific actions to afford accessibility to the disabled, to monitor progress made by member congregations, the UAHC, and the movement as a whole on this issue and to report its findings at the 1983 Biennial.