Informing Our Interventions with the Wisdom of the Sages: Biblical and Rabbinic Inspiration for Fostering Sensitivity Towards Individuals with Disabilities

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Abstract

This chapter presents Jewish perspectives on disabilities that informed the creation of two prosocial interventions to enhance typical children’s sensitivity, intentions, and attitudes towards children with special needs. The first intervention involved a four-part curriculum designed to teach typical students about autism, blindness, cerebral palsy, and deafness. The second intervention introduced a children’s television show, which highlights the special strengths and abilities of individuals with disabilities. Drawing on lessons and stories from traditional Jewish teachings, the chapter calls for children to be better educated to recognise the inherent value and unique strengths of children living with disabilities.

Keywords

Sensitivity Disabilities Education Special needs Inclusion Cognitive consistence theory Instructional videos Peer strategies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMarymount Manhattan CollegeNew YorkUSA

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