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Retirement and Reality

By Michelle K. Wolf

August 4, 2014 | 10:20 pm

During our vacation in Alaska, my husband and I keep meeting older couples who are retired, and seem to spend most of their time driving around the country in an RV, going way for weeks,... read on

  • Time Off

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 24, 2014 | 11:37 pm

    In Season 2 of “Orange is the New Black”, the central character, Piper returns to the federal jail after obtaining a 48-hour furlough to visit her dying grandmother. When she returns to prison, she remarks on the strange ways of the world outside of jail:
    “You know what was so... read on

  • Red Alerts and People with Disabilities

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 11, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Imagine that you are the parent of a child with cerebral palsy who can’t walk, or is highly impacted by autism and hates any changes to his/her usual routine, and an air raid siren goes off. You only have 15-90 seconds to get the both of you to safety. How do you keep calm enough... read on

  • A Very Special Marriage

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 1, 2014 | 7:33 pm

    “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone’…”
    ---Genesis 2:18

    There’s a long tradition of June weddings but last weekend there was an extra-special marriage of two Jewish 20-something adults very much in love.  In the photos, we see a beautiful bride in... read on

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  • Special Needs Summer Reading with My Friends

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 22, 2014 | 10:11 pm

    It’s officially summer with long, light days to catch up on some reading. My favorite hobby since I was a child has always been reading and as a parent of a teen with special needs, I find that reading is the one of the few hobbies that works for me: books are portable, I can do it... read on

  • Yachad Brings Us Together at First West Coast Shabbaton

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 15, 2014 | 10:47 pm

    Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.
    --Elie Wiesel

    When a child is first diagnosed with some type of developmental disability as an infant or very young child, the whole family finds itself in smack in what I call “Special... read on

  • Pooled Special Needs Trust: Leveraging the Power of Community

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 6, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    It’s not unusual for parents of children with special needs to lose sleep worrying about what will happen to their child when the parents aren’t around. How can they ensure that their adult child will be safe and happy? Will their adult child have the support and resources they... read on

  • Let’s Not Blame Autism for Isla Vista Rampage

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 30, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    In the wake of the Isla Vista tragedy, there were initial multiple media reports that the killer, Elliot Rodger, had been diagnosed with a high-functioning form of autism, called Asperger’s, in which the main symptom is significant trouble with social situations.  Although other,... read on

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