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  • Jewish Disability Awareness Month and The Bottom Line

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 3, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    All of the annoying flower and candy ads remind us that Valentine’s Day is “just around the corner”, but there’s another holiday of the heart this month. February is also Jewish Disability Awareness Month and there’s lots happening, locally in Los Angeles and across the nation. Now...

  • Advancing Special Needs Programs: Start Where the Funder Is At

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 26, 2013 | 6:59 pm

    In the field of social work, there’s a core concept of “starting where the client is at” meaning that the therapist or social worker needs to begin working with the client without pre-judging the situation, and not moving too far ahead of the client’s needs. So, for example, if the...

  • Disability Rights Are Civil Rights

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 14, 2013 | 10:57 pm

    As a non-profit professional in Los Angeles, I’ve worked at both Jewish and general charities. While it can sometimes be more comfortable for me to work in the Jewish community, I find myself stretching more as a person  in the non-Jewish environment, especially during the casual...

  • Not your grandmother’s Alzheimer’s

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Carol Kirsch relished her demanding position as a sales trainer for Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. But a couple of years ago, a good friend told Kirsch she just wasn't performing up to par. She was missing deadlines. And she'd forget meetings, so co-workers would have to come fetch...
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  • Yes, I have Tay-Sachs Disease

    By Eric Pastor

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Growing up, I always felt different from the other kids. I had difficulty speaking clearly, was always the slowest runner in my physical education class or last person picked on any sports team during school. Simple daily tasks had always seemed a bit more difficult for me. I had...
  • Club Kung Fu teaches special kids lots more than skill

    By Nathan Sobol

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was Monday, Jan. 8, the day of the college football national championship game, which I was eager to watch, since it was my favorite sport. But the game also fell on the day of the opening of Club Kung Fu at The Friendship Circle. I was a volunteer in the program.

    What should I...

  • Botox Treatments Aid Stroke Survivors

    By Steve Ditlea

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Until recently, significant recovery from the physical and mental losses inflicted by a stroke was thought to be limited to a matter of months following injury to the brain, using conventional physical and occupational therapy. Now patients supplementing this with novel treatments,...

  • Groups Celebrate Seders With a Cause

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At Jewish Family Service's Freedom Seder, participants read from a haggadah that was just a little bit different. Instead of reading of the four sons, those at the Freedom Seder read about the "four community members."

    "The wise community member asks, 'How can we, as individuals,...

  • Making Dyslexia Funny

    By Adam Wills

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    T he Fonz was the ultimate of cool on "Happy Days," but in real life Henry Winkler struggled through school. Winkler and his parents -- who called him stupid and lazy -- didn't know that he was dyslexic until he was diagnosed at age 30.

    Winkler, 57, is now taking those frustrating...

  • Planning a Special Bar/Bat Mitzvah

    By Becca Hornstein

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In 1987, when Joel Hornstein stood before over 200 congregants, family members and friends to recite his Bar Mitzvah Torah portion in English and Hebrew, he had only been able to speak for a few years. No one expected a child with autism, or any other significant disability, to...

  • From Best Boy to Best Man

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Filmmaker Ira Wohl


    Two decades ago, filmmaker Ira Wohl sat at the Passover table andthought about his cousin, Philly. For his first 50 years, thedevelopmentally disabled Philly had lived at home with his parents inQueens, never venturing into the world. Wohl now wondered how...