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Objects of Pity

By Michelle K. Wolf

September 17, 2013 | 10:55 pm

The first time a total stranger handed me something “to give to your son” was at the Disney on Ice Show/Finding Nemo in 2004.  Our son, Danny, was around 10 years old, and although small... read on

  • Mind the Inclusion Gap: Values vs. Reality

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 10, 2013 | 10:02 am

    How do we collectively get our community to align its high values with everyday practice?

    A new poll released today demonstrates the big gap between what we desire and what we actually have when it comes to welcoming Jews with disabilities. Although 89% of the Jews polled said... read on

  • 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

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  • ‘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

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