Temple Israel & Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood will host a program about disabilities awareness on Saturday, January 20, at noon, after Shabbat services. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be a panel discussion focusing on available services in Bergen County to people with all kinds of disabilities. Guest speakers will be Shelby Klein, LSW, president and CEO of the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood, and James Thebery, MA, CSW, director of the Bergen County Office of Disability Services. The discussion will be facilitated by congregant Paul Aronsohn, a former Ridgewood mayor.
Through her work at the Adler Aphasia Center, Ms. Klein is committed to ensuring that holistic services are offered to provide communication access for people living with aphasia and their families. Ms. Klein is on the boards of two New Jersey-based non-profits and recently was appointed to the Mike Adler Aphasia Task Force. Aphasia is an acquired language disorder due to a stroke or other brain injury, significantly impairing a person’s speech or language.
Mr. Thebery, who has worked in the Division on Disability Services since 1994, has been involved in self-advocacy for many years and continues in his pursuit of equality and opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, having created many local and statewide campaigns to support this endeavor. He has been recognized many times for his leadership and work to improve accessibility and inclusion in academic, workplace, and public settings, and houses of worship. He is on many state and local advisory commissions, including the Workforce Investment Board and NJ Buddies board of trustees.
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