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Posted: Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:04 | The New Normal

Editor's Note: We are proud to share another one of The Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" who is an advocate for children with special needs.

Posted: Tue, 06/23/2015 - 07:15 | The New Normal

As a college student living with Asperger’s Syndrome, I have learned to know when I am being accepted and included. I’ve learned about my challenges and my strengths — and I speak out about what true inclusion feels like. When I am viewed as a person with unique areas of strengths in addition to unique areas of challenge instead of primarily as a person with special needs, I know that I am being fully included and accepted.

Posted: Wed, 06/17/2015 - 06:55 | The New Normal

On June 21st, we honor the amazing fathers in our life: the men who work hard every day to support and care for their families. For fathers who are parenting children with autism, there is not a clear roadmap to follow. Here are some tips that can help support dads in their parenting journey:

Posted: Wed, 06/17/2015 - 06:21 | The New Normal

Editor's Note: As we recognize the 10 companies selected for the Ruderman "Best in Business' award, we are delighted to bring New Normal readers a teen perspective on employment and disability.

Actress Nikki Reed says, "What is important is to treat everyone like an individual and learning not to generalize disabilities.” She experiences autism first hand because her brother has autism. She strongly supports autism awareness and helping people understand that people with disabilities should be able to have a productive place in society.

Young adults with disabilities need jobs in today's workforce.

Posted: Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:17 | The New Normal

What do a car wash, a software testing company and a locally-owned bookstore have in common? These businesses can be found among the ten companies selected across North America for the Ruderman "Best In Business" award.

Posted: Tue, 06/09/2015 - 06:32 | The New Normal

Editor's Note: At the "New Normal," we're excited that two of this year's "36 Under 36" winners work for more inclusion of people with disabilities. We're sharing one of the profiles today:

When Tikvah Juni was 16, she received her first standing ovation.

“I remember all the people, cheering and smiling,” said Juni, who had been the guest speaker at an event hosted by Yachad: The National Jewish Council for Disabilities.

“That was the first time I really believed the world could change,” she said. Since then, she’s been trying to change the world one speech at a time.

Juni, who has Down syndrome, travels around the U.S. teaching audiences about inclusion. In Washington, D.C., she even lobbied state and federal legislators to increase resources for special needs students.