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Posted: Fri, 10/18/2013 - 09:10 | The New Normal

We want to let you know about an upcoming event that promises to be important and inspiring -- it's "Understanding Difference," a public discussion about disability in the Jewish community.

Posted: Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:24 | The New Normal

Yesterday in this space, I discussed three surefire ways to shut down a conversation with the parent of a child who has a disability. Of course, talking about disability can be one of the trickiest, most awkward-moment-producing topics around. Differences raise fear and anxiety for all of us and that limits the chances for meaningful dialogue. But I hope that with increased disability awareness education, like my post of yesterday and this one, we can create more productive conversations. Try any one or all of these three topics!

Posted: Wed, 10/16/2013 - 09:01 | The New Normal

Forget religion and politics, sex and money: talking about disability can be one of the trickiest, most awkward-moment-producing topics around. As a parent of a child with a disability, I’ve participated in more than my share of unproductive conversations based in other people’s projections of my experience.

Posted: Tue, 10/15/2013 - 15:20 | The New Normal

My recent piece discussing what we could learn from Kellie Stapleton, a mother accused of trying to kill her daughter with autism and herself, inspired me to research other similar cases.

Here is what I found after a brief online search. This list is not comprehensive, and certainly can't begin to quantify the much larger number of caregivers who think about ending either their lives, or the lives of their children, or both.

Posted: Fri, 10/11/2013 - 11:20 | The New Normal

An incident in this week's Torah portion "Lech Lecha" involving Abram (soon to be Abraham) and his nephew Lot provides guidance on healing and sustaining relationships between family members.

Posted: Wed, 10/09/2013 - 12:42 | The New Normal

I don’t really drink beer.  Occasionally, on a hot day, with friends, I’ll slowly nurse one drink all day long.  I don’t really watch commercials, either.  Occasionally, when flipping channels, I stop if something catches my eye.  And yesterday something did.

This Guinness commercial made me want to drink more beer and watch more commercials.