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  • School’s Out for Summer – Now What?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 6, 2013 | 11:40 pm

    No more pencils
    No more books
    No more teacher's dirty looks

    --Alice Cooper

    I can’t really believe that tomorrow is the last day of school. Tonight, I ran out at the last minute to buy gift cards for our son’s special education teacher, 1:1 aide and a few other classroom aides...

  • Ten Lessons from Special Needs Motherhood

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 8, 2013 | 9:28 pm

    "But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
    "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
    "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
    "You must be," said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”

    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in...

  • Why Charity Isn’t Enough

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 31, 2012 | 9:09 am

    “I’ve been knockin’ on the door that holds the throne
    I’ve been lookin’ for the map that leads me home
    I’ve been stumblin’ on good hearts turned to stone
    The road of good intentions has gone dry as bone
    We take care of our own.”

    —Bruce Springsteen

    During this political...

  • Why We Don’t Use the Word “Retarded” and Why You Shouldn’t Either

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 20, 2012 | 10:33 pm

    During our recent LA Federation Special Needs Mission in Israel, Danny Katz from the Welfare of Ministry took great pains to point out that they were changing the name of his department from “Adults with Mental Retardation” to “Adults with Intellectual Disabilities”, so that...

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  • Mars and Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 11, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    My daughter likes to tease me that I can find something dealing with “special needs” in nearly everything I do—from picking movies that have a character with a disability to meeting a random person on the airplane who is a single mom raising two boys with autism. I’ve told her...

  • Briefs: Special needs kids program needs help; Singles and greening become Big Sunday specialties

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Special-Needs Program in Jeopardy

    A program for kids with emotional and behavioral disabilities is in danger of closing before the end of this school year if it does not come up with new sources of funding.

    Kol Hanearim runs self-contained classrooms in day schools for kids who have...

  • Special-needs kids enjoy giant circle of friends

    By Sue Fishkoff

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Micah Abraham is standing on a stool in his parents' kitchen, stirring a bowl of brownie mix. "Frosting?" the 7-year-old asks Daphna Davidowitz, 16, his Friendship Circle volunteer.

    "Not yet," she cautions.

    "When brownies done, we put on frosting!" Micah persists.

    Suddenly he turns...

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