Casey Diskin has spent her entire career working with kids with disabilities and has made a significant impact on the lives of children and families across the country. To honor her contributions, she was named one of “Jewish News” and “the Well’s” 36 Under 36, a title given to exceptional Jewish contributors under the age of 36.
Each year, The Detroit Jewish News partners with The Well to highlight 36 young professionals who have had a tremendous impact on both Jewish and general communities. Last year, they named Casey Diskin to the list for her work in the community and especially her work with kids with disabilities. The people who appear on the list are described as go-getters, doers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, activists, and community organizers who are nominated through the program each year.
The 36 Under 36 is a project organized by The Well, which is an inclusive Jewish community building, education and spirituality outreach initiative geared to the needs of millennials and the unaffiliated or under-affiliated in the Metro Detroit area. The belief of The Well is that Jewish ethics, values and spirituality can and should be directly applicable to our lives as part of a radically inclusive Jewish community. In addition, they believe these elements should drive us to positively impact both intimate communities and the world at large.
They achieve this vision by supporting young professionals like Casey Diskin and increasing the number of people actively participating in community-centric Jewish living in Metro Detroit. The Well accomplishes this by means of relationship building, network weaving and participant-driven programming. As a whole, The Well is a project of the Lori Talsky Zekelman Fund at Temple Israel.
Through their 36 under 36 listing, the group is able to highlight the achievements of young Jewish professionals and spread the positive work they do in communities across Chicago and the surrounding area. At the same time, the list inspires others to get involved in their communities, both general and Jewish. The Well was founded in 2015 and the 36 Under 36 was created just a couple of years later.
Casey Diskin has worked with children with autism and other developmental disorders since earning her degree in 2004. She completed her undergraduate program at Wayne State University and earned a master’s degree from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia before completing an internship through Melbourne University that provided real-world experience to support her education.
Today, Casey Diskin collaborates with Behavior analysts (BCBAs), Speech therapists and occupational therapists to provide support to families with children that present challenging behaviors.