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Posted: Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:38 | The New Normal

Last week's announcement by Jerry Seinfeld that he is "probably on the autism spectrum" has been met with mixed emotions by those of us who are connected to the autism community. There are those who applaud Seinfeld for being open about his struggles with social engagement and those who fear that his announcement will somehow diminish the struggles of those on the spectrum. Both sides are excoriating one another in the blogosphere, highlighting the division between the parents of low-functioning kids and the parents of the high-functioning ones.

Posted: Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:46 | The New Normal

Gratitude is an essential part of my survival.  Let me introduce myself: I am a 67-year-old woman with a bipolar disorder, a spinal cord injury since 1975, an amputated left leg following a severe pressure sore in 2008, kidney disease requiring dialysis and breast cancer this summer that ruled out the possibility of getting a kidney transplant.

Posted: Wed, 11/05/2014 - 07:41 | The New Normal

Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel’s leading disabilities organization, has announced it will set up the country’s first Center of Excellence for Cerebral Palsy and severe motor disabilities. This has been made possible by the generosity of New Yorkers Eileen and Jerry Lieberman, long-time and dedicated supporters and members of the NY Board of Trustees. Mr. Lieberman is also the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Alliance Bernstein L.P.

Posted: Wed, 11/05/2014 - 07:24 | The New Normal

This week's Torah portion “Vayera" (And He (God) Appeared), relates a traumatic episode in the life of Hagar, Sarah’s servant and the woman who bore Ishmael to Sarah’s husband, Abraham. Hagar behaved haughtily to Sarah, and Ishmael’s behavior verged on violence. 

Posted: Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:33 | The New Normal

The Ruderman Family Foundation responded to the derogatory use of Asperger Syndrome by an unnamed Obama Administration official in an article released yesterday. 

Posted: Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:16 | The New Normal

Editor's Note: As we close out National Down Syndrome Month, we wanted to share another important voice focusing on living with Down Syndrome.

At 2 lbs 3 oz, Ilyse had already acquired the name "wild woman." Born prematurely with Down Syndrome, Ilyse showed spunk and grit and the intensive care unit nurses acknowledged this with a nickname. Later, as a competitor in Special Olympics, Ilyse's uncanny ability to capture the limelight led to her being called "Hollywood".  But the honorific that has had the greatest transformative effect on Ilyse is that of "Auntie."