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A Sad Ending

By Michelle K. Wolf

November 11, 2012 | 12:19 am

It was surreal to be in the hospital room at LAC+USC talking with the hospital staff about what to expect in the days ahead in hospice care for our long-time babysitter and housekeeper,... read on

  • The Power of Social Media to Help Disabled/Frail Elderly after Sandy

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 4, 2012 | 1:04 am

    “Still alive in day 5 of no power here in Lower Manhn, battery drain for every breath. Social media organizng svd mylife” – Tweet from Nick Dupree, artist, creator of “Dust Bunnies in Space”, disability advocate and living on a ventilator since 1994
    (Note, his electricity finally... read on

  • Ann Coulter Needs Some Serious Behavioral Intervention

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 24, 2012 | 9:44 pm

    Ann Coulter’s tweet during Monday night’s Presidential debate:
    “I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.”

    When I first caught wind of this tweet scrolling on my Twitter account (@specialneedsima), I optimistically thought that perhaps Gov.... read on

  • Working Moms Who Are Really in A Bind

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 21, 2012 | 10:27 pm

    With all the chuckling over the image of “women in binders” from last week’s presidential debate, it is easy to overlook the issue of workplace flexibility that Gov. Romney inserted into the national conversation.

    When he talked about providing flexibility for a woman on his... read on

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  • After the special needs b’nai mitzvah: Only a beginning

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 13, 2012 | 11:49 pm

    It’s really wonderful that more kids with special needs, including those who aren’t verbal, are now able to have a bar or bat mitzvah, but shouldn’t that simcha be viewed as a beginning of engagement with the Jewish community and not the end?

    The first special needs bat mitzvah I... read on

  • Disability and the Presidential Debates

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 5, 2012 | 5:48 pm

    You may have missed it in all the post-debate chatter, but the issue of disabilities as part of the national domestic agenda came up not once but twice during Wednesday’s night debate, both times by President Obama. This is a pretty big deal, as every possible issue/cause wants to... read on

  • Rooting Out Evil

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 27, 2012 | 9:28 pm

    Lately, our 17-year-old son Danny with developmental disabilities is obsessed with evil. His new favorite game is to use his limited but growing vocabulary to talk about who the “evil” character is in each of his many movies in his much-viewed DVD collection. We think it started... read on

  • Rosh Pina: Cornerstone of Special Needs Inclusion in the Jewish Community

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 21, 2012 | 9:51 am

    “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone.”
    --Psalm 118

    For Jewish families raising a child or teen with special needs, the challenges of how to have our child included in the larger Jewish community are a deeply-felt issue, but the burning... read on

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