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Posted: Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:47 | Posted by: Nina Mogilnik | The New Normal
Nina Moglinik

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Rabbi Heschel’s famous saying that when he was younger, he admired people who were clever, but as he grew older, he admired people who were kind.  There is genius in that, in recognizing that kindness is key, to everything.  And most especially when there’s a disabled child in the mix. 

Posted: Mon, 05/23/2016 - 20:06 | Posted by: Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer | The New Normal
The author's son George helping unpack groceries. Courtesy of Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Most weekends, my thirteen-year-old son George and I go food shopping together. He likes to push the cart, pick out his favorite treats and help me count out pieces of fruit and drop them into bags. He’s also very fast and organized at unpacking our grocery cart.

Posted: Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:36 | Posted by: Melinda Jones | The New Normal
Disability Inclusion. Courtesy of Google Images

Parsha Emor contains a disturbing mitzvah: those priests who have disabilities are explicitly prohibited from officiating at the Temple. Of course this related to a tiny percentage of a tiny percentage of the population—grown men whose fathers were Kohanim. It was only relevant during Temple times and only with respect to animal sacrifices. So it may be irrelevant. Until the Temple is rebuilt there is no possibility of sacrifice. Even when the Temple is rebuilt it may be that, following Rambam, there will be no sacrifices. So why the geshrei?

Posted: Tue, 05/17/2016 - 08:04 | Posted by: Sharon Rosenblatt | The New Normal
Global Accessibility Awareness day. Courtesy of Sharon Rosenblatt

Editor's Note: Accessibility Partners was one of last year's "Ruderman Best in Business Award" winners. Nominate a company that hires people with disabilities for this year's award!

Get ready to have your world rocked, because on Thursday, May 19, 2016, Accessibility Partners is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). This is an international effort of disability and accessibility advocates with the overall goal of getting people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility and users with disabilities.

For a day of this magnitude, we want to bring the awareness to everyone: a free overview of your website’s homepage for accessibility OR a review of a document of up to 3 pages (Microsoft Word or PDF).

Posted: Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:32 | Posted by: Denise Resnik | The New Normal
First Place Phoenix. Courtesy of Denise Resnik

Editor's Note: We are sharing Denise Resnik's powerful blog about a new housing model for adults with disabilities. Denise's blog originally appeared on Home Matters.

Thankfully, much has changed since we were told to plan to institutionalize our son Matt 23 years ago when he was doagnosed with autism-–and yet, much still needs to change to respond to the housing demand at our doorstep.

Matt represents a generation of more than 500,000 U.S. children with autism entering adulthood this decade. In many ways, I’ve been planning for what happens when the school bus stops coming almost from the first day it arrived. Where will he live? How will he be safe? How can we be sure he’ll be happy, healthy, productive and not sliding backwards?

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