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  • The Danger of Denial

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 3, 2013 | 11:52 pm

    “Denial is the refusal to acknowledge the existence or severity of unpleasant external realities or internal thoughts and feelings.”
    --Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders

    "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt"--Mark Twain

    For parents of children with special needs, denial can be a... read on

  • Compassion may be in our bones

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 27, 2012 | 12:12 am

    Were all pre-modern humans brutish and nasty? Were the ill and disabled dispatched to their fate in the wilderness for the “greater good’? I shuddered when I first read that in ancient Sparta, the high priest inspected every newborn and if the child had a disability of any kind,... read on

  • Stopping Asperger’s from Becoming Another Victim in the CT Massacre

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 16, 2012 | 1:14 am

    I first heard about the Connecticut school tragedy from the TV stations at the gym, and felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. I wanted to hear more about what had happened but couldn't stand to keep listening as the terrible details begin to emerge.

    In my mind, I could... read on

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  • The Bright Lights of Inclusion

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 6, 2012 | 10:43 pm

    As we get ready to celebrate another 8-day marathon of carbs, candles and explaining to our non-Jewish colleagues why we aren’t taking off time from work, it’s hard not to compare this year’s Hanukkah with those of the past.

    To paraphrase from a major Jewish holiday, Why is this... read on

  • A Guidebook for the Land of Autism

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 24, 2012 | 9:36 pm

    As a society, we’ve grown more tolerant of people from different races, sizes and abilities, but we are truly able to accept people whose communicative ability far outstrips their outward behavior?

    The question becomes key to the acceptance of non-verbal autistics who are able to... read on

  • It’s Hard to Run to a Bomb Shelter When You Are in a Wheelchair

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 16, 2012 | 5:30 pm

    Earlier this week, I was thinking about what I wanted to blog about this weekend and there were so many good topics to pick from.

    There was our son, Danny, with significant disabilities, celebrating his almost-18th birthday at Fairfax High School and loving all the attention and... read on

  • A Sad Ending

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 11, 2012 | 12:19 am

    It was surreal to be in the hospital room at LAC+USC talking with the hospital staff about what to expect in the days ahead in hospice care for our long-time babysitter and housekeeper, Maria Jeritza Sagastume, who was sleeping on her side, an IV in her bruised and swollen arms. At... read on

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