“I have a child who struggles in so many ways, but who approaches life with joy and wit and humor, and is capable of so much more than he lets on.”

SINAI parent and dinner honoree Ilana Chill spoke with candor, emotion, and power about what it is like to have a child with special needs.

Watch her speech here:

She was born white as the lights. They didn’t know if she was going to survive. Today, Sara is thriving. Here is her story.

Watch her story here:

Operating inclusive special education schools for children Grades 1- Age 21 as well as programs for adults, SINAI is widely regarded as one of the country’s leading Jewish schools for children with learning or developmental disabilities whose needs cannot be met in a regular education setting.

Their schools serve children with a wide range of disabilities, providing individualized programming, highly specialized services, in-house therapies, and a 1:2 professional-to-student ratio.

Each of SINAI’s schools is integrated within a regular education partner Jewish Elementary or High School, creating an inclusion experience that is personalized for every single child.

Their adult programming emphasizes integration and inclusion within the broader community, through vocational development and social opportunities.

If parents have a child with special needs — whether developmental disabilities or significant learning disabilities — the decision to choose a special education school can be overwhelmingly difficult. With over 30 years of excellence in special education, SINAI helps guide parents through their decision, and helps them decide if the inclusive yet individualized programming will provide the best educational environment for their child.

To support SINAI in their mission to help more children, visit www.sinaischools.org/donate.

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