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A National Movement Towards Inclusion

By Sarah Blitzstein, Guest Blogger, Jewish Family Service, Los Angeles

December 5, 2013 | 8:56 pm

Sarah Blitzstein, Adynna Swarz and Elaine Hall

There’s a movement happening and it’s happening now.

Like the early pioneers who settled the land of Israel, individuals with special needs and their families are creating change for... read on

  • Home, Plane

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 3, 2013 | 7:51 am

    Home Plane

    As the son of a small-plane pilot, our son Danny has become a very good airline passenger, and eagerly looked forward to driving to LAX to fly east to see Grandma, his big sister Rachel who is studying at NYU and other relatives. He was happy with his pre-flight frap... read on

  • Hineinu - A Thanksgiving Miracle

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 22, 2013 | 6:05 pm

    It’s not everyday that I get emails from both the Orthodox Union/Yachad and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism on the same topic –increasing disability inclusion in our synagogues. And it is even more rare to read that the four major Jewish streams—Conservative,... read on

  • What’s wrong with Wright?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 15, 2013 | 12:00 am

    On the eve of a first-ever, three-day summit in Washington D.C, Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks, and grandmother to an autistic child, called for a National Plan for Autism, to create a coordinated, national response to the 3 million and growing number of children and... read on

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  • Teachers Can’t Teach What They Don’t Know

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 3, 2013 | 10:36 pm

    “Disability is now understood to be a human rights issue. People are disabled by society, not just by their bodies. These barriers can be overcome, if governments, nongovernmental organizations, professionals and people with disabilities and their families work together. “
    --From... read on

  • Parents Who Said No

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 27, 2013 | 10:12 pm

    Thousands of parents (in the 1950s) were willing to contemplate saying goodbye forever to their small children—for that is what institutionalization truly entailed—only because their doctors were urging them to do so. Virtually all physicians immediately and insistently advised... read on

  • Grow a disability awareness antenna!

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 20, 2013 | 12:25 am

    October is Disability Awareness Month, with a focus on the societal and workforce contributions of people with disabilities.  It was first designated in 1945 by Congress as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week” and then the word “physically” was removed in 1962 to allow... read on

  • Take Down those Barriers

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 8, 2013 | 11:36 pm

    Headlines about the new Pew Study on American Jews:
    Can liberal Judaism survive?”—Washington Post
    “Study: American Jews losing their religion”—CNN Religion

    The latest Jewish population study commissioned by the Pew Research Center found that 1 out of 5 Jews now describe... read on

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