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We Made it to Israel

By Michelle K. Wolf

July 20, 2012 | 8:55 am

The humidity hit us as soon as we left the air-conditioned terminal at Ben Gurion airport; the hot sticky welcome reminding us that despite the palm trees and sunny skies, we weren’t in... read on

  • It Takes a Community to Prevent Child & Adult Abuse

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 15, 2012 | 10:03 pm

    FBI Director Louis Freeh used the term “ callous indifference“ to describe how the four leaders at Penn State placed their worries of possible bad publicity for their prestigious football program over concerns for the youngsters victimized by Jerry Sandusky. In fact, teachers and... read on

  • Looking Back, Looking Forward

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 6, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    I’m looking forward to a reunion of my Whittier BBG (B’nai B’rith Girls) teen chapter this Sunday, seeing many girfriends I haven’t seen for 33 years. Thumbing through old scrapbooks with yellowing photographs of me wearing bell-bottom pants, it’s hard to believe I’m the same... read on

  • Waiting Rooms, Insurance Denials and the Supreme Court

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 29, 2012 | 12:24 am

    When our son Danny was 3-4 years old, I logged a lot of hours in the waiting room of Cedars-Sinai while he received occupational therapy, physical and speech therapy. He then had a diagnosis of “global developmental delays” which was eventually changed to cerebral palsy/apraxia.... read on

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  • Why We are Going to Israel

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 22, 2012 | 1:46 am

    “It is not upon you to finish the work, but you are not free to ignore it.” (Mishna, Ethics, 2:21)

    On March 7, 1949, my parents were married in Israel, an idealistic young American couple intent on helping to “build up the land” as the lyrics to a then-popular song intoned. The... read on

  • Supporting Dads Who Have Children with Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 17, 2012 | 2:04 am

    Last week at the Father of the Year gala sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Francine Kaufman of Medtronic/Children’s Hospital shared an important research finding. When she and her colleagues looked back at the records of children with diabetes, a key indicator of... read on

  • Black Like Me and Reality TV

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 7, 2012 | 11:58 pm

    When I watched the first segment of the new TV reality show “Push Girls” last Monday night on the Sundance Channel, I was taken in by the sheer chutzpah of the four young, sexy women profiled in the show, all of whom are paralyzed and use wheelchairs to get around, breaking myths and... read on

  • Inclusion, Segregation and Integration

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 29, 2012 | 11:51 pm

    One person’s idea of utopia can be someone else’s idea of a prison.

    I was recently talking to a well-respected disability professional about the recent FRED conference to get people talking about creating new adult living opportunities at special needs farms and ranches, and... read on

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