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  • After the special needs b’nai mitzvah: Only a beginning

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 13, 2012 | 11:49 pm

    It’s really wonderful that more kids with special needs, including those who aren’t verbal, are now able to have a bar or bat mitzvah, but shouldn’t that simcha be viewed as a beginning of engagement with the Jewish community and not the end?

    The first special needs bat mitzvah I... read on

  • Disability and the Presidential Debates

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 5, 2012 | 5:48 pm

    You may have missed it in all the post-debate chatter, but the issue of disabilities as part of the national domestic agenda came up not once but twice during Wednesday’s night debate, both times by President Obama. This is a pretty big deal, as every possible issue/cause wants to... read on

  • Rooting Out Evil

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 27, 2012 | 9:28 pm

    Lately, our 17-year-old son Danny with developmental disabilities is obsessed with evil. His new favorite game is to use his limited but growing vocabulary to talk about who the “evil” character is in each of his many movies in his much-viewed DVD collection. We think it started... read on

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  • Rosh Pina: Cornerstone of Special Needs Inclusion in the Jewish Community

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 21, 2012 | 9:51 am

    “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone.”
    --Psalm 118

    For Jewish families raising a child or teen with special needs, the challenges of how to have our child included in the larger Jewish community are a deeply-felt issue, but the burning... read on

  • Shining a Camera At the Dark Side of School Discipline

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 13, 2012 | 11:17 pm

    It’s hard for any parent to leave their five-year-old at his or her first day of Kindergarten. Will our child make friends easily? Will some bigger, nastier kid bully them? And most of all can the teachers and school administrators be trusted to take good care of our child?

    This... read on

  • How to Survive the Transition Back to School

    by Sarah Blitzstein, Director, HaMercaz & Special Needs Programs, Jewish Family Service

    September 5, 2012 | 9:13 pm

    It’s hard to believe but summer is over and fall has arrived.

    Back to school transitions hard for all kids, but they can be especially hard for our children with special needs. Our kids may have just gotten used to their summer school, camp or summer therapist and now new... read on

  • Why Charity Isn’t Enough

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 31, 2012 | 9:09 am

    “I’ve been knockin’ on the door that holds the throne
    I’ve been lookin’ for the map that leads me home
    I’ve been stumblin’ on good hearts turned to stone
    The road of good intentions has gone dry as bone
    We take care of our own.”

    —Bruce Springsteen

    During this political... read on

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