Pushing the Boundaries Conference


April 2, 2019 – Community Event, 7 pm
Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey Ave.
Join the community for discussions about disability and inclusion with best-selling author Daniel Tammet and inclusion expert Shelly Christensen. Desserts and refreshments will be served.


April 3, 2019 – Conference, 9 am – 3:30 pm (includes Kosher lunch and refreshments)
Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.

Join the conversation about how to remove the many social, economic and physical barriers faced by Jews with disabilities wanting to engage in Jewish life.

The conference will educate about the barriers faced by people with disabilities, present best practices that foster inclusion, and help to inspire innovation in the Jewish community. Keynote by Shelly Christensen and guest lunch speaker David Lepofsky.

Presented in partnership by: Tamir, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Federation of Ottawa, and Jewish Ottawa Inclusion Network (JOIN). All are welcome.


Register here!

April 2 evening - Individual = $18
April 3 conference - Individual = $36
Individual registering for both evening and conference 18+36 = $54
Organization registering 3 or more people, evening and conference = $118

Deadline is March 25

If registration cost is prohibitive to your participation please contact Madelaine Werier at maddy128@hotmail.com. A limited number of tickets for both events are available at compassionate pricing. First come first served. 


Conference to take place at the Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.

Info: Sarah Beutel at sbeutel@jewishottawa.com or 613-798-4696 x 253


Shelly Christensen, the co-founder of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, JDAIM.

Shelly Christensen is a pioneer in the faith community disability inclusion movement. She is an international speaker and consultant to numerous faith-based organizations.

Shelly’s newest book, From Longing to Belonging-A Practical Guide to Including People with Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions in Your Faith Community, is a resource for all faith-based organizations to enhance and encourage participation and inclusion for each and every person. 

Shelly believes that people with disabilities and mental health conditions, and those who love them, want what anyone else wants—to belong, to contribute, and to be a valued member of the faith community they choose.


David Lepofsky CM, O. Ont, LLB (Osgoode Hall Law School 1979), LL. M (Harvard Law School 1982) LL.D. (Hon.) (Queens 1999, University of Western Ontario 2006, Law Society of Upper Canada 2016)

David Lepofsky is an accomplished lawyer, professor, author, speaker, and long-time volunteer and advocate in the disability community. Since the late 1970s, he has been active in a volunteer capacity, advocating for new laws to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. His efforts have resulting in many important changes to provincial law in Ontario. David holds many honours including investiture in the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and several honorary doctorates. He is currently the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance.


Formerly an autistic child whose mother tongue was numbers, Daniel Tammet is the author of a rich and much-translated body of work, including memoir, essays, literary reportage, fiction and poetry. 

Tammet is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain). He lives in Paris.