Browse and download Passover resources for kids with diverse learning needs, prepared by Gateways’ experienced special education teachers.
The Gateways Haggadah
A Seder for the Whole Family
The Gateways Haggadah welcomes families with children of all abilities and disabilities to a Passover celebration that is accessible for the whole family. Step-by-step directions for every element of the Passover Seder are clearly illustrated with more than 70 vibrant photographs. Each prayer’s meaning is illuminated by the use of over 150 picture communication symbols developed by Mayer-Johnson,™ the leading creator of symbol-adapted special education materials to assist individuals in overcoming their speech, language, and learning challenges. In this way, Seder participants can experience Passover through clear, direct language and through rich and varied images.
This easy-to-hold, concise Haggadah is respectful to all participants, whatever their abilities, and ensures that all can take part meaningfully in a complete Passover Seder that lasts about 30 minutes.
Accessible Versions of the Passover Story
Passover Activity Placemat
Print this double sided and laminate (or cover in clear packaging tape) for a fun activity that will keep your children engaged during your Seder.
7 Strategies for a Successful Seder
Use these tips to make your Seder enjoyable and accessible for all children.
Order of the Seder
Visual representation of the order of the Seder. Knowing what’s going on, what’s next, how much longer, and when their favorite parts of the Seder are coming up can help fidgety children attend to the Seder longer.
10 Plagues Visual Support
This resources has symbols to represent each of the ten plagues, with the name of the plague in English and in Hebrew transliteration.
Seder Blessings with Visual Supports
Blessings for the Seder in Hebrew transliteration and English translation with picture symbols.
Passover Songs with Visual Supports
File folder activities are puzzles contained in file folders that are quick and easy to make. They can help children review ideas and familiarize them with Jewish objects. Since file folder activities are inexpensive and relatively easy to make, you can accumulate a large stack of them in no time! The visual nature of file folder activities takes advantage of the visual strengths of children with autism and many other developmental disabilities.
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