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  • Independence, Re-defined

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 27, 2012 | 12:10 am

    Dictionary.com states that the word “independence” can be defined as “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.”

    As a parent of a 17 year-old with significant developmental disabilities, the word “independent” feels very elusive. With... read on

  • Sunny Days

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 20, 2012 | 3:17 pm

    Imagine spending your days as an aging adult in a beautiful camp-like environment with tall trees, flowers and bushes, nestled in the mountains. There are farm animals, a swimming pool and a wide variety of art and skill classes and opportunities to time with peers. Sounds like... read on

  • Why is this Seder Different than every seder?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 12, 2012 | 7:27 pm

    Last night, we attended a “third” seder hosted by the Vista Inspire Program at Vista del Mar for families who have children with special needs. Even though most of the child and teen participants of the Nes Gadol religious education program had attended seders on Friday and Saturday... read on

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  • Let My People Swim

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 6, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    For people with physical disabilities, and especially for those who use walkers and wheelchairs, the whole concept of “freedom” is closely connected to the ability to access wherever one wishes to go. Before President Bush signed the American Disabilities Act into law on July 26,... read on

  • New Autism Numbers from the CDC : I Know One

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 29, 2012 | 10:51 pm

    The big news today in special needs land was a new CDC report showing more than a 20 percent increase in autism rates. As reported in the NY Times, “The new report estimates that in 2008 one child in 88 received one of these diagnoses, known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), by... read on

  • Life Away from Special Needs Land

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 27, 2012 | 12:04 am

    I spent the last few days on the east coast, hanging out with my daughter who is a college student at NYU and watching her perform in an off-off Broadway production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in which she plays the role of Caliban the slave/monster. Both of the flights back and... read on

  • Stigma and Non-Disclosure

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 16, 2012 | 12:15 am

    Which comes first, the decision to disclose sensitive personal information, or the fear of stigma that may result from disclosure? This is a question of many people who feel at the margins of the Jewish community, whether for physical/mental illness, sexual orientation, poverty or... read on

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