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Parents Who Said No

By Michelle K. Wolf

October 27, 2013 | 10:12 pm

Rosemary Kennedy

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... 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

  • Disneyland: Keeping the magic for people with disabilities

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 29, 2013 | 11:39 pm

    The news that the Disney parks are changing the way they provide help to guests with disabilities has been BIG news for families who have enjoyed taking their child or adult with disabilities to the magical kingdom. For many of us, having trained, helpful staff and easier, quicker... read on

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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 for his age, he probably looked too old for the stroller he was using at the time due to his... 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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