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The Disability Inclusion Hero Awards

By Guest Blogger, Rabbi Paul Kipnes, spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA

January 7, 2014 | 11:13 pm


Parents Dina and Michael Kaplan celebrate as their son Brandon becomes a Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Or Ami

As the new calendar year begins, we are entertained by those Year in Review lists and Person of the Year awards, both inside and outside of the Jewish communities. Time magazine aptly... read on

  • Resolutions for the Special Needs Parent

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 1, 2014 | 11:59 am

    1) I will not roll my eyes when someone suggests a new, bizarre untested treatment or costly vibration machine to help improve our son’s (pick one) focus/balance/artistic ability. They care enough to make the suggestion and that’s all that matters.


    2) When a stranger asks me if... read on

  • ETTA Surprises

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 20, 2013 | 6:17 pm

    The recent 20th anniversary gala of ETTA at the Beverly Hilton Hotel included two big surprises, one very personal and one very public.  ETTA/OHEL is the only nonprofit provider of residential programs for Jewish adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (known as I/DD)... read on

  • A National Movement Towards Inclusion

    By Sarah Blitzstein, Guest Blogger, Jewish Family Service, Los Angeles

    December 5, 2013 | 8:56 pm

    There’s a movement happening and it’s happening now.

    Like the early pioneers who settled the land of Israel, individuals with special needs and their families are creating change for the future and crossing unknown lands towards acceptance, appreciation and inclusion. They are... read on

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  • Home, Plane

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 3, 2013 | 7:51 am

    Home Plane

    As the son of a small-plane pilot, our son Danny has become a very good airline passenger, and eagerly looked forward to driving to LAX to fly east to see Grandma, his big sister Rachel who is studying at NYU and other relatives. He was happy with his pre-flight frap... read on

  • Hineinu - A Thanksgiving Miracle

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 22, 2013 | 6:05 pm

    It’s not everyday that I get emails from both the Orthodox Union/Yachad and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism on the same topic –increasing disability inclusion in our synagogues. And it is even more rare to read that the four major Jewish streams—Conservative,... read on

  • What’s wrong with Wright?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 15, 2013 | 12:00 am

    On the eve of a first-ever, three-day summit in Washington D.C, Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks, and grandmother to an autistic child, called for a National Plan for Autism, to create a coordinated, national response to the 3 million and growing number of children and... read on

  • Teachers Can’t Teach What They Don’t Know

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 3, 2013 | 10:36 pm

    “Disability is now understood to be a human rights issue. People are disabled by society, not just by their bodies. These barriers can be overcome, if governments, nongovernmental organizations, professionals and people with disabilities and their families work together. “
    --From... read on

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