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The Glad, the Bad, the Sad

By Michelle K. Wolf

November 18, 2011 | 1:05 am

This past week for me has been filled with emotional highs and lows, not dissimilar to our next Torah portion, Chaye Sara (ironically named “Life of Sarah”), in which Sarah dies at age... read on

  • Disabled Veterans: Wounded Warriors

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 11, 2011 | 7:19 pm

    On this Veterans Day, we pause to honor all those who served in the armed forces of the United States, but it’s easy to forget the number of veterans who now have disabilities as a result of their time served, whether from enemy fire, “friendly fire” or as a result of a... read on

  • Getting Disabilities to be a Jewish Issue: From the General Assemly

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 7, 2011 | 1:43 pm

    For many of us working on the issue of Jews and Special Needs in North America, it all too often feels like we are talking to ourselves. We gather in corners at kiddush, meet each other in doctor’s waiting rooms, even joyfully send our kids off for another great Tikvah session at... read on

  • A Weighty Problem: Obesity and Children with Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 3, 2011 | 12:26 am

    When it comes to food, kids with special needs are a lot like Goldilocks and the Three Bears – they tend to either eat too much or too little, but very few of them eat “just right”. Get two parents of kids with special needs together, and it won’t be long before the gory... read on

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  • The Power of Repetition

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 25, 2011 | 1:05 am

    Towards the end of his book, “Following Ezra” written by our family friend Tom Fields-Meyer about the journey of parenting his teenage son with autism, Tom quotes from Ezra’s Bar Mitzvah speech:

    “Sometimes I think that all Jewish people are autistic. Jews repeat things all... read on

  • The Lulav Parade

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 17, 2011 | 1:18 am

    The current harvest holiday of Sukkot is a perfect match for persons with special needs – the many physical and concrete symbols of the holiday are tangible, and multi-sensory, plus there’s some fun Hebrew songs. Compared to teaching the “why” of Yom Kippur, especially, for... read on

  • The Hot Potato Game Stops: Gov. Brown Signs Autism Law

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 9, 2011 | 4:59 pm

    Some prayers were answered today when California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 946, the autism health insurance mandate reform bill, into law today, awful close to the bill-signing deadline of midnight tonight. The Governor signed the bill with some reservations, pointing out in his... read on

  • For the Sin of Not Giving a Damn

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 4, 2011 | 5:29 pm

    During this period of repentance and self-reflection, I feel the need to confess that before our second child was diagnosed with developmental disabilities, I didn’t really give much thought to special needs. Not that I ever knowingly insulted or offended anyone with special needs... read on

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