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  • The 20 percent solution: Bipartisan disability voters coalition

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    2 weeks ago

    Alexander Graham Bell and Helen Keller both have been quoted as saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.” This is good wisdom for those disappointed in the Republican takeover of Congress as well as partisans on both sides of the aisle who are worried that the polarized...

  • Self-Determination: A Game Changer for People with Developmental Disabilities

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    2 weeks ago

    For the first time in California, people with developmental disabilities and their families will soon have more control and flexibility over the services and supports they need under a new program called, “Self-Determination”. A two-day conference last week in Culver City titled,...

  • Start-up Nation takes on disabilities

    3 weeks ago

    Voiceitt, an Israeli start-up developing voice-translation technology for people with disabilities, was named recently the audience favorite at a Wall Street Journal-sponsored international technology conference.

    The company’s new app, called Talkitt, converts the utterances of...

  • Muzzling the Fake Service Animal Scams

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 24, 2014 | 6:19 pm

    Our orange tabby cat, Shuki is deeply loved and pampered by all members of our family, including our teenage son with special needs, but despite that outpouring of affection, we certainly don’t schlep him around town with us, demanding that restaurants, shops and airlines allow him...

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  • Be Nimble

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 8, 2014 | 6:57 pm

    “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
    – Charles Darwin

    Although there are many challenges to parenting a child with special needs, there are some surprising benefits beyond a disabled parking...

  • Israel’s “Fourth Sector”

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 1, 2014 | 6:15 am

    Integration into the Israeli job market is difficult not only for asylum seekers, Arabs and Haredim, but also for those with disabilities, including individuals with mental illness. Typically, the disabled are pushed out of the job market and into 'supported employment' positions...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • A Place At the Table

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 14, 2013 | 5:24 pm

    Do you remember that feeling when you finally graduated from the “kid’s table” to the “grown up” table? At large family gatherings, the kid’s table was invariably a smaller, more flimsy table, shoved into some corner, or at the very far end of the main table, far enough away that...

  • Bronfman Prize goes to leading disability rights innovator Eric Rosenthal

    June 3, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Eric Rosenthal, founder and director of Disability Rights International (DRI), who has focused world-wide attention on the inhumane institutionalization of children and adults with disabilities, has been awarded the 2013 Charles Bronfman Prize for his global leadership in the field...

  • The Plague of Exclusion

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 19, 2013 | 11:55 pm

    I’ve been getting the sad stories via email, direct messages on Facebook, and over Kiddush at shul—mothers sharing with me that their child with mild special needs has been asked to leave a Jewish school/camp or other setting. What’s so astonishing is that these are mostly kids...

  • Step up for civil rights treaty for people with disabilities

    June 25, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    Several important Jewish organizations are standing behind a critical international treaty to support civil rights, dignity and hope for people with disabilities. However, grass-roots help is urgently needed to get it approved by the U.S. Senate before the political season overtakes...

  • $2.5 million grant will place young adults with disabilities in jobs

    June 28, 2011 | 10:37 am

    A $2.5 million grant to Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston will fund a groundbreaking program that places young adults with disabilities in jobs.

    The Ruderman Family Foundation provided the grant to fund the “Young Adult Transitions to Work” program, which provides young...

  • Calabasas evens playing field for special-needs kids

    By Adam Wills

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For children with physically limiting conditions like cerebral palsy or spinal muscular atrophy, something as simple as playing in a park can seem impossible. Swings can be unsafe, and climbing equipment is unaccommodating to many children reliant on wheelchairs and walkers for...
  • PowerPoint Purim

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Sometimes it's hard to hear the reading of the Megillat Esther over the raucous screeches, foot stamping and grogger spinning that come following the reading of Haman's name on Purim. Often the reader of the megilla has to wait until the noise subsides before continuing.

    But for...

  • Hope Is on the Menu at Cafe Ezra

    By Tamara Schweltzer

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's Thursday night at Camp Ramah in Ojai, and after most of the campers have gone to bed, more than 100 staffers squeeze into the staff lounge. Their hosts for the evening -- all clad in red T-shirts -- are the nine participants in the camp's Ezra program, a unique vocational...

  • Looking for Love?

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    JDate is the largest Jewish singles site, but for those interested in swimming in smaller ponds, below is a sampling of some of the other offerings on the web.



    www.frumster.com  -- A dating service exclusively for Orthodox singles.

    www.jmatch.com   -- Like JDate, but replying to...

  • Happy Trails to You

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A 7-year-old boy with severe disabilities who usually spends his days in an unresponsive haze in his wheelchair is running his fingers through the mane of a miniature pony named Chocolate -- and giggling.

    "It's a miracle," his mother tells Pepper Salter Edmiston, the founder of the...

  • L.A. GOAL Opens ‘Doors’ at Skirball

    By Ellie Kahn

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sherrie has cerebral palsy, which causes her hands to tremble. So when she was hired to work as an artist for L.A. GOAL in Culver City, she was concerned.

    "I can't paint a straight line, because my hands shake," Sherrie told Susan Wilder, L.A. GOAL's art director.

    "Well, then...

  • Something Special

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Brianna Ross passes by Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, she signs one word to her mother over and over again: "School, school."

    "She just loves going there," said Adrienne Ross, Brianna's mother.

    Brianna, 9, has cerebral palsy and developmental delays; she is also a kidney...

  • A Question of Need

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As a young boy with a serious disability, Frank Wexler spent most of his first 10 years in the hospital, undergoing 22 operations. Upon his release, Wexler was anxious to make up for lost time. One of the first things he did was to get a driver's license. Wexler's mother, who was...

  • Enabled Kids

    By Judy Lash Balint

    January 24, 2002 | 6:59 pm

    It's the high point of the week for Adi Maloul: an art session with friends at Beit Hagalgalim (House of Wheels) in Herzliya. The innovative support project for disabled youngsters lights up the face of the dark-skinned, short-haired 18-year-old.

    Her high-tech wheelchair is parked at...

  • Sound Advice

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Two recent conferences held in the Jewish community -- one on autism, the other on a wide scope of disabilities -- demonstrated the difficulties of reconciling research and reality when it comes to helping individuals with special needs.

    The University of Judaism (UJ) held its...

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