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Weathering the Storm

By Michelle K. Wolf

September 2, 2011 | 8:45 am

As we prepped for our annual trip east to visit relatives and take our older daughter to her dorms at NYU, we started tracking Hurricane Irene, and hoped she would stay far away from us in... read on

  • Summertime Family Playdates with HaMercaz

    Sarah Blitzstein, MA, MSW, Director, HaMercaz

    August 24, 2011 | 9:59 pm

    There’s something amazing about summertime. Spontaneous trips with the family to the beach, the children’s museum, the amusement park. There’s no homework, schedules are loose and everyone is more laid back. You pile into the car, pack leftovers into Tupperware and head off... read on

  • Health Insurance Wars

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 19, 2011 | 7:35 pm

    People buy health insurance (or their employers purchase for them) for just one reason –to get help when they are sick. Why else should you (or your employer) pay monthly premiums? For people who are generally healthy or have common medical conditions, health insurance can work... read on

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Parenting a Child with Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 11, 2011 | 11:25 pm

    I have always liked monkeys. As a child, my “lovey” wasn’t a bear or a doll – it was a sock monkey I named “Judy” after the chimpanzee in my favorite TV show, “Daktari”, which was a short-lived television series in the late 1960s about a veterinarian who ran an animal... read on

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  • A Road Trip Without Roads

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 2, 2011 | 5:36 pm

    Our family does many things differently from other families.

    This weekend, my husband (who used the money he earned as a Torah reader in his teens to pay for flying lessons), flew the four of us to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and then to Sacramento in a rented 4-seater Cessna182 RG... read on

  • Wave Your Freak Flag High and the American Disabilities Act

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 26, 2011 | 12:44 am

    “We spend our whole lives wishing. We weren’t so freaking’ strange.
    They make us feel the pain. But it’s they who need to change”
    —Gingy (The Gingerbread Man) in Shrek, the Musical

    This week we are celebrating the 21st anniversary of the American Disabilities Act (ADA), the... read on

  • Disabled Parking, Andrew Bynum and a teachable moment

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 20, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    A small news item on LA Observed caught my attention this morning:
    “Lakers Center Andrew Bynum was videotaped parking his BMW across two marked disabled spots at the Bristol Farms store in Westchester. Joel Grover of KNBC has posted stills from the video, which the stations says was... read on

  • Put down the Medicaid Political Football

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 13, 2011 | 11:47 pm

    Since Danny is still at Camp Ramah, I’ve had a little more time to read my email inbox, and it is buzzing about all the proposed Federal cuts to Medicaid, (called Medi-Cal in our state) and how those cuts would impact families taking care of a child or adult with developmental... read on

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