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Don't Call Me Special, Says A Son On The Spectrum

Many would say that my son Jacob, 27, has “special needs.” Jacob would never describe himself that way, although he will tell you he has Asperger syndrome. So because Jake and I, each for our respective obvious reasons, take an intense interest in the semantics of disability, I recently asked him why he thinks people so often apply to him a term that he rejects.

Shelly Christensen

In February, A Focus On Raising Awareness

Imagine this: one day you are told by your own synagogue, “Sorry, we can’t help you. Our synagogue isn’t for you. We won’t be able to meet your needs.”

Shelly Christensen
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