Jewish Journal

Why the Proposed CA Cuts Suck

By Michelle K. Wolf

May 15, 2012 | 10:59 am

As certain as the grey, cloudy days of June are coming to us in Los Angeles, so too are the additional cuts proposed by Gov. Brown yesterday as part of the “May Revise” budget, which takes... read on

  • What Mom Has Missed

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 10, 2012 | 10:26 am

    This is my sixth Mother’s Day without my Mom, Sheila Krotinger, and as much as I miss her terribly, I often think about all that she has missed.  A lifelong, ardent Democrat and strong supporter of gender equality, she missed casting a vote for Hilliary Clinton for President four... read on

  • The Meaning of Life, Love and Spring Fever

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 3, 2012 | 11:21 pm

    For the past few days, I’ve been noticing symptoms of spring fever almost everywhere.

    On Wednesday, I coordinated the first meeting of a Family Advisory Council for a new project at Bet Tzedek Legal Services targeting older adults with developmental disabilities and their family... read on

  • Independence, Re-defined

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 27, 2012 | 12:10 am

    Dictionary.com states that the word “independence” can be defined as “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.”

    As a parent of a 17 year-old with significant developmental disabilities, the word “independent” feels very elusive. With... read on

  • Sunny Days

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 20, 2012 | 3:17 pm

    Imagine spending your days as an aging adult in a beautiful camp-like environment with tall trees, flowers and bushes, nestled in the mountains. There are farm animals, a swimming pool and a wide variety of art and skill classes and opportunities to time with peers. Sounds like... read on

  • Why is this Seder Different than every seder?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 12, 2012 | 7:27 pm

    Last night, we attended a “third” seder hosted by the Vista Inspire Program at Vista del Mar for families who have children with special needs. Even though most of the child and teen participants of the Nes Gadol religious education program had attended seders on Friday and Saturday... read on

  • Let My People Swim

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 6, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    For people with physical disabilities, and especially for those who use walkers and wheelchairs, the whole concept of “freedom” is closely connected to the ability to access wherever one wishes to go. Before President Bush signed the American Disabilities Act into law on July 26,... read on

  • New Autism Numbers from the CDC : I Know One

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 29, 2012 | 10:51 pm

    The big news today in special needs land was a new CDC report showing more than a 20 percent increase in autism rates. As reported in the NY Times, “The new report estimates that in 2008 one child in 88 received one of these diagnoses, known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), by... read on

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