Jewish Journal

  • “Boom Chicka Boom” and building community with ETTA

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    3 weeks ago

    The teens and adults were dressed in their Shabbat-best clothes enjoying the last of their roasted chicken, rice and veggies. when Josh Taff, Director of Outreach and Jewish Life, of ETTA, stood up in the social hall of Young Israel of Century City (YICC) and yelled out in a chant... read on

  • Special Needs Round Up:  Seinfeld, Inclusive Mommy &Me and Jobs for Adults with DD

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 18, 2014 | 4:17 pm

    Comedian Jerry Seinfeld recently said in an NBC interview with Brian Williams that while watching a play that had a character with autism, he found himself relating to some of the common traits of that developmental disability such as “When people talk to me and they use... read on

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

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 10, 2014 | 12:23 am

    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,... read on

  • Who you calling “Aspergery”?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 30, 2014 | 5:43 pm

    In the latest diplomatic kerfuffle between Israeli and American officials, it has been reported by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic that: “Over the years, Obama administration officials have described (Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin) Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic,... read on

  • 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... read on

  • Needs Numbing

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 18, 2014 | 6:12 pm

    I’ve been spending a lot of time at the dermatologist’s office, getting narrow UVB light treatments for a harmless but annoying skin condition. On my way to the photo treatment room, I pass by all the examining rooms, and can’t help but notice that each room has little... read on

  • 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... read on

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