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10 Ways To Be An Advocate For Your Child With Disabilities

Editor's Note: Liane Carter's list of her ten ways to be an advocate are instructive for parents raising children with disabilities all year long.

Jewish Book Council. Courtesy of The Jewish Book Council

Nomination Period Opens For Fifth Annual Ruderman Prize In Inclusion With Organizations To Be Awarded A Quarter Million Dollars

Boston, MA, June 21st, 2016 — The Ruderman Family Foundation has opened the nomination period for its international Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, now in its fifth consecutive year of operation. Five individual $50,000 awards will be given to companies and organizations that operate innovative programs and provide services that foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities.

Five organizations from around the world will be selected for the Prize, which in total will amount to $250,000 that the Foundation will invest as recognition for the important work being done, and to also ensure that resources are available to allow them to continue.

NRA, GOP Defend Terrorists' Rights

The National Rifle Association and its Republican minions in the Senate once again made it safe for terrorists to buy AR-15s and any other weapon they want.  They successfully blocked legislation Monday evening to prevent anyone on the terror watch list from buying assault rifles or any other weapon or explosive.

Terrorists have constitutional rights to buy guns, too, argued NRA loyalist Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who offered an unworkable 72-hour waiting period for full federal investigations of anyone on the no-fly list who wants to buy a weapon. 

NRA, GOP Defend Terrorists' Rights

The National Rifle Association and its Republican minions in the Senate once again made it safe for terrorists to buy AR-15s and any other weapon they want.  They successfully blocked legislation Monday evening to prevent anyone on the terror watch list from buying assault rifles or any other weapon or explosive.

Terrorists have constitutional rights to buy guns, too, argued NRA loyalist Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who offered an unworkable 72-hour waiting period for full federal investigations of anyone on the no-fly list who wants to buy a weapon. 

Blaming Obama For Orlando

Hysteria seems to be gripping the GOP. So many say they don't like Trump's tone and politics of hate but that hasn't stopped them from replicating it. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said President Barack Obama was "directly responsible" for the Orlando terror attack because "he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS." 

He lamely took a tiny step back saying he meant Obama's "policies" were "directly responsible" for the tragedy in Florida.

NRA, GOP Shoot Down Gun Safety Measures

The Senate plans to vote Monday on four gun control proposals -- including banning the sale of assault rifles to anyone on the terror watch list -- and all will be shot down because obeying the National Rifle Association is a higher priority, especially among Republicans, than the safety and well-being of their constituents.

Napoleon's Advice For Hillary

Donald Trump is his own is favorite, and possibly only, advisor, and Democrats would do well to respect that and take some sound advice from Napoleon Bonaparte.

Genesis Prize & Perlman: Helping Jews With And Without Disabilities

When the inaugural Genesis Prize, dubbed by Time magazine as “The Jewish Nobel,” was awarded in 2014 to one of the world’s leading philanthropists and public servants, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, I admit I was very skeptical. I remember scratching my head and thinking, “One set of super rich guys gives another super rich guy $1 million? How’s that going to help anyone?” But, I’ve been proven wrong.

Violinist Itzhak Perlman. JTA

For Kids With Special Needs Who Crave Structure, Tips For Some Summer Fun

Summer is upon us. Thoughts have turned from desks to lounge chairs, from carpools to lazy afternoons by the pool and from early morning alarms to long evenings spent making s’mores and catching fireflies. It’s typical to believe that all families look forward to things like summer vacation, but assumptions like these can be a challenge. Children with a variety of learning and other disabilities thrive on the structure and routine of the academic year, making summer vacation, with its large stretches of unscheduled time, overwhelming for both children and their parents. Add to this concern about the loss of academic skills acquired throughout the year (commonly referred to as “summer slide”) and these few months might seem daunting.

Summer Family Fun. Getty Images

Humanitarian Images: Repairing the World: Frame by Frame

In an event that involved consciousness-raising, fund-raising and fine photography, the Ambassadors Council of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee raised $40,000 in an exhibition and auction of photographs taken in Jewish communities around the world.

Joan Roth. Abeba Abebe, Ethiopia, 1984. Courtesy
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