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  • A Special Place in Israel Called Home: Kishorit

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 21, 2011 | 11:23 pm

    A recent national Parade magazine article titled, “Who Will Care for Dana” spoke to a major issue for many parents of kids with special needs—will there be a warm, safe and loving home environment for all the soon-to-be adults with developmental disabilities? And even more... read on

  • For the Child Who Knows Not How to Ask

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 14, 2011 | 8:26 am

    Over the Purim weekend, a Shabbaton for Jewish adults with disabilities sponsored by JFS/Chaverim was held at AJU/Brandeis Bardin camp, and there was a late Saturday afternoon session called “Ask the Rabbi”. Questions zinged in from every corner of the room: Why can’t we eat... read on

  • It’s Showtime

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 10, 2011 | 11:16 pm

    Six years ago, I helped my friend Elaine Hall submit a grant to the Jewish Community Foundation for a brand new program called “The Miracle Project”, which would use music, dance, visual art and theater to help kids with autism and other special needs (along their typically... read on

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  • Visiting Special Needs Programs in Israel—Part I, Beit Issie Shapiro

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 6, 2011 | 12:59 am

    As Americans, we tend to think to think that in general, our social service programs are the very best in the world, and that everyone else can learn from us. When it comes to special needs, at least for Jewish children and adults, there is much we can learn from Israel.

    When our... read on

  • A long anticipated birth: J-CHAI: Jewish Community Housing for Adult Independence

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 30, 2011 | 10:35 pm

    “Everyone came here tonight for a reason,” said Dr. Michael Held,
    Founder and Executive Director of the Jewish special needs non-profit
    Etta Israel, “whether you are a parent, a potential resident, or a
    sibling or other relative of a Jewish adult with developmental... read on

  • Last Year in Jerusalem—Taking a Teen with Special Needs to Israel

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 22, 2011 | 10:50 pm

    Last year, we spent most of April (including Passover) in Israel since our oldest daughter was spending her “gap” year there between high school and college. She was enrolled in an intensive Israeli leadership preparatory program called “Nachshon” named after the Biblical... read on

  • The State Budget: No “upside” for persons with disabilities

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 18, 2011 | 11:39 am

    In Joan Didion’s powerful memoir “

    The Year of Magical Thinking

    ” detailing her grief process after losing her husband, Gregory Dunne, she talks about a seeing their family doctor who is also a good friend. He asks her how she is and just hearing the question prompts a shower of... read on

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