Fort Bend County (FBC) is a place where everyone is welcomed and accepted for who they are. Over the past three decades, the Jewish community has made great strides in terms of inclusion. Organizations like Keshet provide educational, recreational, employment, and independent living services to people with intellectual disabilities and advocate for their inclusion in all aspects of community life. In February, schools, synagogues, and organizations host programs to promote inclusion.
For more than 40 years, I have been actively involved in disability promotion both inside and outside the Jewish community. Fort Bend County is dedicated to creating a culture where everyone feels like they belong, are valued, and heard. To further this goal, Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month was created as a global effort by Jewish organizations to raise awareness and promote the inclusion of people with disabilities. The first phase of this initiative will last approximately 18 months, during which the museums will produce a self-assessment report and participate in several training sessions with experts in diversity and inclusion.
Additionally, concerts are held throughout the year that attract more than 220,000 attendees annually. These concerts take place in neighborhoods designated as Complete Communities by Mayor Sylvester Turner. Fort Bend County is committed to fostering an inclusive culture that allows everyone to be their best selves. Through initiatives like Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, we can continue to make progress towards this goal.
By providing educational resources, recreational activities, employment opportunities, and independent living services to people with disabilities, we can create an environment where everyone feels accepted and included. At Fort Bend County, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be their true selves without fear of judgement or discrimination. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion that allows everyone to thrive.