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  • Self-Determination: A Game Changer for People with Developmental Disabilities

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    2 weeks ago

    For the first time in California, people with developmental disabilities and their families will soon have more control and flexibility over the services and supports they need under a new program called, “Self-Determination”. A two-day conference last week in Culver City titled,... read on

  • Who you calling “Aspergery”?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    3 weeks ago

    In the latest diplomatic kerfuffle between Israeli and American officials, it has been reported by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic that: “Over the years, Obama administration officials have described (Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin) Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic,... read on

  • Muzzling the Fake Service Animal Scams

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 24, 2014 | 6:19 pm

    Our orange tabby cat, Shuki is deeply loved and pampered by all members of our family, including our teenage son with special needs, but despite that outpouring of affection, we certainly don’t schlep him around town with us, demanding that restaurants, shops and airlines allow him... read on

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  • Needs Numbing

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 18, 2014 | 6:12 pm

    I’ve been spending a lot of time at the dermatologist’s office, getting narrow UVB light treatments for a harmless but annoying skin condition. On my way to the photo treatment room, I pass by all the examining rooms, and can’t help but notice that each room has little... read on

  • Be Nimble

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 8, 2014 | 6:57 pm

    “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
    – Charles Darwin

    Although there are many challenges to parenting a child with special needs, there are some surprising benefits beyond a disabled parking... read on

  • Casting Away Our Sins, California-style

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 28, 2014 | 9:19 pm

    We went to Santa Monica beach today to join other Southern Californian Jews who were casting their sins into the vast Pacific Ocean as part of the Tashlich ritual that takes place between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. The general idea is that the breadcrumbs we cast into the water... read on

  • Giving and Receiving a Stink Eye

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 17, 2014 | 11:03 pm

    “ Stink eye: A surfer term meaning a glare or lingering dirty look”
    ---Urban Dictionary.com

    There we were, a few years ago, in the back row of the synagogue and our son with special needs started making some annoying noises, but not too loud. Most of the congregants who came... read on

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