February 16, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Description: The Jewish Disability Inclusion Consortium of Greater Philadelphia is excited to invite the community to an important evening focusing on eradicating the stigma of mental health challenges. We will begin with a powerful keynote speaker, hear from a panel of people with lived experience with mental illness and experts in the mental health field and invite participants to choose breakout groups for reflection.

The forum will include a keynote speaker, a panel featuring people with lived experience and experts, followed by breakout groups. At registration, you will be able to select the breakout group that interests you:

  • Mental health and kids and teens
  • Mental health and LGBTQIA+ community
  • Mental health and disability
  • Mental health and the pandemic
  • Mental health and stigma in the Jewish community

A headshot of a white woman with shoulder length curly brown hair and a white top. She is smiling in front of a blurry outside background - a tree maybe?About the Keynote Speaker: Sharon Rosenblatt is an accessibility professional working to improve the overall experience by a user with disabilities. With her tendency to be ‘hands on’, Sharon feels that accessibility is a right, and not a ‘nice to have’. She has been a part of the Accessibility Partners team for over twelve years, and specializes in document remediation and web compliance testing. Her efforts have enabled developers and manufacturers to see the tremendous potential that accessibility has not just for users with disabilities, but of all abilities.

As a personal and professional passion project, Sharon is a strong advocate for abolishing the stigma of mental health and researching accommodations in the workplace to support a mental health diagnosis, especially in the field of mindful design and usability. With her enthusiasm highlighted in several publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Health Magazine, HealthLine, Fast Company, Information Week, CNN, Mint.com, and more, Sharon enjoys participating in the constant dialogue between accessibility, mental health, and innovation.

Sharon is also an avid runner, and looks forward to her next race that gets her up at the crack of dawn. She’s been known to disregard weather forecasts as long as there is a finisher medal to be obtained.

Location: Your home! Zoom link will be sent upon registration

Date and Time: Wednesday

    Cost:  Free

    For more information: contact Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

    Accommodations: Thanks to a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, we are able to provide accommodations for any child or family member with a disability to attend jkidphilly events. If you need an accommodation such as an ASL interpreter, a sensory toolbox, or even behavior support for your child, or if you have questions about the accessibility of any program or venue, please note so on our form or contact us. In most cases, our staff will need two weeks’ notice to provide accommodations, but we will do our best to meet your needs on any timeframe.

    Click here to register!

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    Logos for: JCHAI Judith Creed Horizons for Achieving Independence; Camp Ramah; Reconstructioning Judaism: Deeply Rooted, Boldly Relevant; JFCS Do good, well; Philly Friendship Circle; Whole Community Inclusion, an initiative of Jewish Learning Venture; Tikvah; Union for Reform Judaism; Family Matters, a JAFCO Support Network; Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.