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Correspondence of the Rebbe and Dr. Robert Wilkes, at the time director of the Child Development Center at the Coney Island Hospital, on the subject of assisting children with special needs.

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Correspondence of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, and Dr. Robert Wilkes, at the time director of the Child Development Center at the Coney Island Hospital, on the subject of assisting people with special needs.

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Correspondence Reveals Rebbe’s Focus on Individual’s Innate Potential
Children with Special Needs
The Friendship Circle

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Helen Dudden Bristol February 15, 2016

I think the last comment says it all. Whatever the disability, it mostly is life long. I have great sympathy and understanding for disability, having being born with sight issues.

Its time to rethink how we can be inclusive with learning and access. Reply

WinGate Mount Gaylor, AR/USA December 9, 2010

Reducing Clutter Absolutely...what we put in must come out one way or another. Joshua is now 13. Doctors said, "If he lives...his mind will never progress beyond a 3 month old baby...he will never sit-up, crawl or walk... They gave us no hope and medically speaking there was NONE. However, we know and serve a God that is a deliverer and healer...that is the same today, as yesterday and forever more. Long story short. Joshua, see, hears, walks and talks. Reply

Anonymous Old Bethpage, NY via thefriendshipcircle.com December 9, 2010

Spirituality of Developmentally Disabled I have found that my son with Down Syndrome has the clearest grasp of spiritual matters. At Yom Kippur, he walked to each member of our family and very seriously said "I'm sorry." I sometimes wonder if having a simpler intellect reduces the amount of clutter that can get in the way of experiencing Shekinah. Reply

WinGate Mount Gaylor, AR/USA December 7, 2010

Special Needs Individuals From a Spiritual Perspective, These Children and Adults set at the Master's Table. They have a Special Place at the Kings Table.

They are as important to the body of Believers, Jews and Gentiles as anyone, they represent His brokeness. Reply

Anonymous Old Bethpage, NY via thefriendshipcircle.com June 24, 2009

Jews with Special Needs Thank you for sharing this correspondence. I had not realized how progressive the Rebbe's thinking is/was. I am a Reform Jew with three children. One has Down Syndrome, another has ADHD, the third seems to be "okay". I have been lucky in finding shuls in Houston and Old Bethpage with religious education directors who had special needs children themselves. They have taken every effort to include my sons. I am grateful for the Friendship Circle even though I have not yet become involved. I am glad it is there and will some day bring my children when schedule permits. Keep up the good work. Reply

Ephraim Chaim July 3, 2008

Born Too Soon Well I'm glad to see that kids today are at least getting help and have a better chance as well as better opportunities........As one with ADHD and all the mishaps.......I know 1st hand ...............but there is always more to be done can be done and should be done.........Maybe one day I'll even get the help I need but I don't even get an email reply!! Reply

Ilana Melbourne MELB, AUSTRALIA July 1, 2008

This correspondence I want to read again and again and impress it on myself. As an educator the Rebbe has a vision. I wish all educators of both the normal and the special would read this and think about its implications. These letters certainly made me more aware of what the Rebbe intends and how sound a concept it is that he proposes.
Amazing! Reply

Elya Silfen Chapel Hill, NC June 30, 2008

i don't know what to write, all i can think is how important these letter's are to all individual's as a whole, and the youth (yeshiva bachorim) in particular Reply

Rosemary Brisbane, Australia June 30, 2008

Children and People with Special Needs Thank you for the opportunity to read the Rebbe's profoundly wise and compassionate words on this matter. It is such a perspective that we should seek to guide us. Reply

Anonymous June 29, 2008

Special Needs Correspondence As a Jewish person working with special needs individuals I think this correspondence recognizes a need in group homes, one that is often overlooked. For those who are Jewish, special effort should be made to connect with them with Jewish tradition. Reply