Jewish Journal

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... read on

  • A Guidebook for the Land of Autism

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 24, 2012 | 9:36 pm

    As a society, we’ve grown more tolerant of people from different races, sizes and abilities, but we are truly able to accept people whose communicative ability far outstrips their outward behavior?

    The question becomes key to the acceptance of non-verbal autistics who are able to... read on

  • It’s Hard to Run to a Bomb Shelter When You Are in a Wheelchair

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 16, 2012 | 5:30 pm

    Earlier this week, I was thinking about what I wanted to blog about this weekend and there were so many good topics to pick from.

    There was our son, Danny, with significant disabilities, celebrating his almost-18th birthday at Fairfax High School and loving all the attention and... read on

  • 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, Maria Jeritza Sagastume, who was sleeping on her side, an IV in her bruised and swollen arms. At... 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

  • 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

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