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  • Join the Coalition to Stop the Proposed Ban on Shared Housing

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 18, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    Whenever something horrific happens, there is a natural temptation for elected officials to react by passing a new law, even if it may have unintended consequences.

    In reaction to a Dec. 2 shooting of four people at a Northridge home being used as a boarding house, LA City... read on

  • Opening up more overnight Jewish camps for campers with special needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 12, 2013 | 11:24 pm

    As part of the conservatorship process for our now 18-year-old son with multiple developmental disabilities, we had a meeting recently with staff from the state-funded Lanterman Regional Center to determine what legal rights we as parents should retain now that Danny is no longer a... read on

  • Opening up more overnight Jewish camps for campers with special needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 12, 2013 | 11:10 pm

    As part of the conservatorship process for our now 18-year-old son with multiple developmental disabilities, we had a meeting recently with staff from the state-funded Lanterman Regional Center to determine what legal rights we as parents should retain now that Danny is no longer a... read on

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  • The Danger of Denial

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 3, 2013 | 11:52 pm

    “Denial is the refusal to acknowledge the existence or severity of unpleasant external realities or internal thoughts and feelings.”
    --Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders

    "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt"--Mark Twain

    For parents of children with special needs, denial can be a... read on

  • Compassion may be in our bones

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 27, 2012 | 12:12 am

    Were all pre-modern humans brutish and nasty? Were the ill and disabled dispatched to their fate in the wilderness for the “greater good’? I shuddered when I first read that in ancient Sparta, the high priest inspected every newborn and if the child had a disability of any kind,... read on

  • Stopping Asperger’s from Becoming Another Victim in the CT Massacre

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 16, 2012 | 1:14 am

    I first heard about the Connecticut school tragedy from the TV stations at the gym, and felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. I wanted to hear more about what had happened but couldn't stand to keep listening as the terrible details begin to emerge.

    In my mind, I could... read on

  • The Bright Lights of Inclusion

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 6, 2012 | 10:43 pm

    As we get ready to celebrate another 8-day marathon of carbs, candles and explaining to our non-Jewish colleagues why we aren’t taking off time from work, it’s hard not to compare this year’s Hanukkah with those of the past.

    To paraphrase from a major Jewish holiday, Why is this... read on

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