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Adversity, Avocados and AA

By Michelle K. Wolf

May 23, 2013 | 10:12 pm

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference

--Serenity Prayer, Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr

It all... read on

  • Urgent Action Needed for Self-Determination legislation in CA

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 17, 2013 | 6:13 pm

    Isn’t it time to give people with developmental disabilities and their families in California the power to take charge of their own services and supports?

    SB 468 creates a statewide self-determination program as an alternative to the traditional method of providing Regional... read on

  • Ten Lessons from Special Needs Motherhood

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 8, 2013 | 9:28 pm

    "But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
    "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
    "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
    "You must be," said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”

    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in... read on

  • Advancing Special Needs Programs: Start Where the Funder Is At

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 26, 2013 | 6:59 pm

    In the field of social work, there’s a core concept of “starting where the client is at” meaning that the therapist or social worker needs to begin working with the client without pre-judging the situation, and not moving too far ahead of the client’s needs. So, for example, if the... read on

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  • Leveling the Playing Field

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 16, 2013 | 10:39 pm

    Long before I was married and had kids, I always imagined I’d be spending some quality time watching my children participate in some type of group sporting activity. Not that I had ever played organized sports as a kid-- there weren’t a lot of options for girls growing up then and... read on

  • Why Marriage Equality is Right for Everyone

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 2, 2013 | 11:59 pm

    I have a very vivid memory of being back in 6th grade at the local elementary school in north Orange County, watching a film based on futurist Alvin Toffler’s best-selling 1970 book, Future Shock, which predicted a cyber-filled future with people feeling disoriented from, in his... read on

  • The Plague of Exclusion

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 19, 2013 | 11:55 pm

    I’ve been getting the sad stories via email, direct messages on Facebook, and over Kiddush at shul—mothers sharing with me that their child with mild special needs has been asked to leave a Jewish school/camp or other setting. What’s so astonishing is that these are mostly kids... read on

  • Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 7, 2013 | 11:29 pm

    When your children are babies, the idea of them becoming teenagers and running around town on their own seems crazy. With less instinct than a household pet, infants are totally dependent on the grown-ups around them for everything—food, shelter, love. And yet, somehow they move... read on

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