Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • ‘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

  • Shirts to Drool Over (Updated)

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 30, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    It's one of those topics not discussed much away from parent support groups and the doctor's office, but lots of kids and adults with cerebral palsy (CP) drool due to low muscle tone. The younger kids wear bibs or bandanas but as kids get older, it's embrassing for them to have to... read on

  • Equal Protection for Workers with Disabilities

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 28, 2013 | 7:12 pm

    With the landmark US Supreme Court case rulings this week to end discrimination of gay couples, we are reminded once again of the power wielded by the “equal protection of the laws” clause of 14th amendment of the US Constitution.

    One group that is lacking these “equal... read on

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