Jewish Journal

  • Facing our Fears, Ending the Hate

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 30, 2013 | 6:11 pm

    Among the serious and shallow issues popping up in social media this past week was a story that you may have missed. A Canadian family in Ontario, with a 13-year-old son, Max, who has autism, received a horrible hateful anonymous letter from a neighbor who wrote, among other cruel... read on

  • LimmudLA Fest, Special Needs Edition

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 23, 2013 | 6:01 pm

    My motivations for attending LimmudLA last week were far from spiritual—I didn’t feel like cooking on my birthday weekend, and looked forward to being away at camp, far from a long to-do list of personal and professional tasks.

    So, away we went to the Brandeis-Bardin Campus, not... read on

  • ‘Breaking Bad’ and Special Needs Parenting

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 11, 2013 | 1:07 am

    Although the fifth and final season of the TV show 'Breaking Bad' starts Sunday night, I only started watching previous episodes recently. I had heard many years ago about this AMC series, but had little interest in following the story of a chemistry teacher diagnosed with lung... read on

  • A very special summer road trip

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 3, 2013 | 11:08 pm

    "I spent the majority of my life hiding the fact that I am a sib."-- Ellie, from the Bay Area, student at Brandeis University, older sister with Austism Spectrum Disorder and other conditions

    "Being the “normal” child comes with an invisible and pervasive weight that many fail to... read on

  • Top 3 Reasons Special Needs Program at Camp Ramah CA Rocks

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 23, 2013 | 11:03 pm

    When I was young, I eagerly looked foward to going away to "sleep away" camp every summer. It was a chance to get away from my parents, hang out with new friends and actually see the stars at night. I usually came home feeling more independent, sunburned, and with a new expletive... read on

  • Stare a Little Harder

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 12, 2013 | 12:06 am

    We can’t help but notice when someone looks different -- if they are very tall, or very short, or missing a limb for example. It is probably very primal, built into human nature as a protective strategy to separate out friend from foe. But if you are the object of that stare, it is... read on

  • Shirts to Drool Over (Updated)

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 30, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    It's one of those topics not discussed much away from parent support groups and the doctor's office, but lots of kids and adults with cerebral palsy (CP) drool due to low muscle tone. The younger kids wear bibs or bandanas but as kids get older, it's embrassing for them to have to... read on

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