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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... 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

  • Why We Don’t Use the Word “Retarded” and Why You Shouldn’t Either

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 20, 2012 | 10:33 pm

    During our recent LA Federation Special Needs Mission in Israel, Danny Katz from the Welfare of Ministry took great pains to point out that they were changing the name of his department from “Adults with Mental Retardation” to “Adults with Intellectual Disabilities”, so that... read on

  • Mars and Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 11, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    My daughter likes to tease me that I can find something dealing with “special needs” in nearly everything I do—from picking movies that have a character with a disability to meeting a random person on the airplane who is a single mom raising two boys with autism. I’ve told her... read on

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  • Warm Stones, Many Wishes

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 26, 2012 | 3:35 pm

    We ended our Special Needs Study Mission by placing our collective wishes and hopes in the time-worn cracks of the large stones of the Kotel (Western Wall). Over on the crowded women’s side, the young woman with autism who was part of our delegation had a very interesting... read on

  • It Takes a Kibbutz (or Two)

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 22, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    The cafe and gallery of the Kamah Association at Kibbutz Harduf looked like a place plucked directly from Berkeley, CA with high ceilings, natural wood tables and shelves filled with ceramic bowls, plates and cups, plus multi-colored textile placemats, bookmarks and wall hangings.... read on

  • It Takes a Kibbutz (or Two)

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 22, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    The cafe and gallery of the Kamah Association at Kibbutz Harduf looked like a place plucked directly from Berkeley, CA with high ceilings, natural wood tables and shelves filled with ceramic bowls, plates and cups, plus multi-colored textile placemats, bookmarks and wall hangings.... read on

  • We Made it to Israel

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 20, 2012 | 8:55 am

    The humidity hit us as soon as we left the air-conditioned terminal at Ben Gurion airport; the hot sticky welcome reminding us that despite the palm trees and sunny skies, we weren’t in Southern California anymore. We are here, in Eretz Yisrael for an incredible seven-day Special... read on

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