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  • Family responsibilities and discrimination in the workplace

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 6, 2016 | 8:41 am

    In today’s uncertain economy, most of us need to work for a paycheck as long as possible. And if we are lucky, our employment will also be personally satisfying and provide us with feelings of accomplishment. At some point in our lives, however, just about every working person will...

  • Flying disabled in the unfriendly skies

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 9, 2016 | 12:04 pm

    On Jan. 8, the United States Department of Transportation announced it was fining United Airlines $2 million in response to disability-related complaints from incidents in 2014, including not providing proper assistance for passengers with disabilities getting on and off airplanes...

  • Letters to the editor: Trump, IANexus, Bend the Arc and more

    March 9, 2016 | 9:59 am

    No Respect for Trump

    Mr. Trump has had nothing to do with first principles conservatism, prudence and care for our national security, a positive reform agenda to address our domestic debt through reasonable entitlement reform, and economic growth policies (“Why the Republican...

  • Why give a damn about JDAIM?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 10, 2016 | 3:46 pm

    Our 21-year-old son, Danny, recently discovered Adele’s hit single “Hello” on YouTube and has joined her zillion other fans around the world in watching the music video over and over again. Whenever that song comes on in a public place, he breaks into a huge smile and starts...

  • The ‘Mommy Penalty’:  Special needs version

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 16, 2015 | 9:17 am

    My husband and I recently engaged in some long-term financial planning, and as I looked back at my own 30-year career in the nonprofit and Jewish communal sector while raising two children — one with disabilities — I realized how much my own wages have been impacted by the time and...

  • Aging parents of disabled adult children are feeling the strain

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 11, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Thanks to a combination of improved medical treatments and the trend toward living in the community instead of institutionalization, today’s adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are living much longer than previous generations. But with that positive trend come...

  • Will the special session help people with special needs?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 8, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    The current California developmental disabilities system, once a model system for the entire nation in providing individualized, community-based care for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is starving for funds to keep programs going. Because Gov....

  • Self-Determination and Passover

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 8, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    While many of us are still eating matzah (much to the dismay of our digestive systems), there’s still time to think about the underlying theme of liberation from slavery. Also known as the Festival of Freedom, Passover’s essence is about transformation from living a life with no...

  • When rules should be broken

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 7, 2015 | 11:36 am

    Rules and laws have been around a long time, even predating the Code of Hammurabi of ancient Mesopotamia and our own Ten Commandants and the Torah. Every day, we encounter rules wherever we go, and while many are based on common sense — always stop at a red light, and don’t drive...

  • The 20 percent solution: Bipartisan disability voters coalition

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 12, 2014 | 10:30 am

    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...

  • Letters to the editor: Mount Athos ethics, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Michelle K. Wolf

    June 25, 2014 | 10:21 am

    Trojan Horse Tourism

    My late mother-in-law, Betty Lipsman, stood before Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz and when asked if she was Jewish, and, with life and death on the line, replied, “Yes.” Marty Kaplan stood before a number of Greek Orthodox priests and monks and when asked if...

  • L.A. leaders visit White House in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 17, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    Four leaders of the Los Angeles Jewish community were among about 200 people who met President Barack Obama during a White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

    “To be inside the home of the locus of power of our country and for Western democracy is a pretty...