Michael Boussina Inclusion Program

Graduation celebration with proud family

Keep abreast of Michael's day to day life.  His favorite things to do, his family, and his friends.

Michael enjoying time with a JLW Camp counselor

About Jewish Learning Works:

About Jewish Learning Works:Jewish Learning Works (JLW) advances Jewish learning that enriches lives, and that enables the learner to flourish as a human being and as a Jew. JLW accomplishes its mission by empowering educators and parents and by operating the Jewish Community Library. For over 100 years, JLW has served as an essential foundation for Jewish education in the Bay Area. Today JLW builds on that rich tradition with a refined focus. JLW also provides professional learning for Jewish Educators. They employ the best thinking from inside and outside of the Jewish world to develop Jewish education that serves the needs of 21st-century students. By supporting parents, families are empowered. Parents are the ultimate Jewish educators. JLW applies the wisdom of our tradition to deepen their impact on families, the community, and the world. JLW is supported by the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund, private foundations, individu-al donors, and fees for tuitions and service.

Part of the Michael Boussina Inclusion Program

Miller Assistive Technology Story Books Program

The Story Books Program will provide accessible books to communicate with, educate, empower and in-spire individuals with special needs. This program is named in honor of Michael and is dedicated to providing a voice for him and others who cannot speak for themselves.The Story Books Program will provide accessible books to communicate with, educate, empower and in-spire individuals with special needs. This program is named in honor of Michael and is dedicated to providing a voice for him and others who cannot speak for themselves.

Written by Cynthia Brideson

What if Dad never came back? The fear gripped me like the slow, inexorable tightening of a rope , squeezing the air from my lungs. The worst part was that no one ever talked about it.

Written by Cynthia Brideson

 

Portions of this article were taken from an interview posted by Michael Barnes on learnfasthq.com on January 6, 2015.

Imagine that you can’t discern another’s motives, expression, or actions. It’s like you’re watching a mime, but his expressions and gestures do not align with what you assume he is trying to communicate. If only people had thought bubbles above their heads, you might sigh.

Many children, as well as adults on the autism spectrum, find themselves in this predicament. Perhaps this is why a great many of them find comic books not only enjoyable and easy to understand but also useful learning tools.

Dave Kot, the founder of the non-profit organization “Autism at Face Value,” is on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. He has created a comic book, FaceValue, tailored for those with autism. The comic book serves a dual purpose: to allow those with autism to feel included/represented and to teach empathy to their neurotypical peers. Kot has written the first comic book in the world with a hero who has autism.