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Including the disabled in community life the subject of talk in New Milford

Matan A. Koch, will present “Igniting a Fire for Inclusion”, a seminar on the different ways people with disabilities can be included in all aspects of society and community life, a Temple Sholom Temple at 122 Kent Road in New Milford, on Friday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m.,

“By failing to eliminate physical, spiritual and attitudinal barriers for people with disabilities, our society is closed to individuals with disabilities from participating in all aspects of community life,” says Koch, a Harvard-educated attorney who is himself physically disabled. “True participation may involve creating access ramps, installing listening devices and braille prayer books in public places of worship, study, arts and entertainment, and more. This all starts, however, with a collective passion to tear down physical, emotional and spiritual barriers.”

Koch, who is the son of the Temple’s late rabbi emeritus, Norman Koch, is an accomplished advocate for people with disabilities. He was appointed chair of President Obama’s National Council on Disability Governance Committee.

The program will be followed by Q&A session and light refreshments. Attendance is free and reservations not required.

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