Shabbat Shiur: Disability Awareness and Support
June 22 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
On Saturday June 22 at 1:15 pm, we are privileged to have several visually impaired guests who will speak on the subject of disabilities, and how we relate to people who are disabled. We will be touching on the ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as the Jewish response to the disabled and hope you bring your thoughts and ideas along as we address this all-important issue. Older children and teenagers are most welcome, though they may not be able to interact with Cora, Alice’s guide dog, who will be working!
Alice Turner is the Director of Community Relations for Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a non-profit with headquarters in Palo alto. She has worked for Vista Center for 13 years, and is responsible for connecting the community with the services and programs offered by this long-established non-profit. Before joining Vista Center, Alice was the Training and Development Manager for See’s Candies, and was responsible for company-wide training programs for all segments of the business. Alice travels with her guide dog, Cora, and lives with her husband, Rob, in Sunnyvale. Passions include outdoor activities, hiking, kayaking, travel, cooking and reading. She loves how technology has changed her life for the better and believes that with communication skills, sense of humor and determination anything is possible.
David Hoffman was born in Montreal, Canada. In 1998, he moved to San Jose for work and stayed for the weather. He has been vision-impaired from two months of age, having lost his left eye to cancer. David had been leading a normal life, receiving his BSc in Psychology and MBA and working for Future Electronics as a Project Manager, when he suffered a stroke in his right eye and became legally blind. This all happened over a ten day period in early 2009. He then returned to school to receive his MSW, and now works for Vista Center where he had been a client for five years, but now is one of their professional Social Workers. David still enjoys many of the same activities he had prior to his vision loss.
Yvonne Boxerman worked for many years as Head of HR for several Bay Area pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Before finally retiring in December 2015, she worked as Executive Director at Kol Emeth for almost 8 years. In her working positions, it was one of Yvonne’s goals to make sure her companies followed ADA laws for both legal and compassionate reasons. In the mid 1980s, Yvonne and her husband David were foster parents to a number of disabled children. At this shiur, she will share a brief story she wrote about a moving incident involving several of these children.
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