Jewish Disability Awareness And Inclusion Month

SINCE JOEL- JULIE L. SCHWARTZ

 

Free Virtual Author Program

 

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Since Joel tackles what happens when the unimaginable loss of a child becomes reality. Julie Schwartz introduces readers to her son Joel David Schwartz, who lived with autism spectrum disorder and died by accidental overdose at age 25. Joel’s unique cognition created situations where he baffled yet informed, infuriated yet endeared, lost and yet won. His mother describes how Joel was a “charming nerd,” inviting us to get to know him in all his complicated detail. She ultimately asks that we maintain Joel’s memory by finding small ways to be kind, and celebrating our differences instead of finding fault with them.

The Book Festival is supported by the Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the Jewish Book Council, the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, and the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties.

This Program is part of Jewish Disability Advocacy Month.

Live Like Sean: Important Life Lessons From My Special-Needs Son

Free Virtual Author Program
  • Tuesday, February 16
  • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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An entrepreneur, advocate, and former Chairman & CEO of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, TJ Nelligan is a man of action. Inspired after his son’s sudden passing, Live Like Sean, provides a first-person perspective of seeing the world through the eyes of his special-needs son, who taught the world more than it could ever teach him.

Moderated by Margaret Hannan, a member of the JCC community since 2018. Margaret’s 22-year-old special needs daughter, Katie has been a very happy intern in the J-Cares program for the past 1 ½ years. Margaret’s primary goals for Katie are to be safe, happy, healthy, included and independent. She considers her daughter very fortunate that the J-Cares program consistently supports and enhances those goals. Prior to an early retirement, Margaret was a critical care nurse, followed by various positions within the pharmaceutical research and development industry.

This Program is part of Jewish Disability Advocacy Month.