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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Inclusion: Awarding Success and Documenting the Fight

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 27, 2013 | 10:32 pm

    For many parents of children with special needs the word “inclusion” seems like the elusive pot of gold waiting at the end of a rainbow. You’ve heard it exists, and think it would be great, but haven’t actually ever seen it.

    Two different key events that focus on inclusion are... read on

  • Purim for all—Special Needs Events this Weekend

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 21, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Purim is an especially festive Jewish holiday that captures the essence of many Jewish holidays--the bad guys tried to kill us, we triumphed, now let's eat and party! For people with sensory issues, it can be challenging since it tradtionally includes very loud booing every time... read on

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