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Posted: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 15:22 | Posted by: JTA | The New Normal
raeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat this week. Screenshot/Youtube Tzohar

Israeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat to call attention to the needs of the disabled community within Jewish tradition and in Jewish institutions.

Posted: Wed, 11/30/2016 - 07:13 | Posted by: Steven Eidelman | The New Normal
UN International Day of People With Disabilities. Courtesy of the UN

U. N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marks December 3rd as the International Day of People with Disabilities

"We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This global blueprint for action summons us to 'leave no one behind'."

If his words come to fruition it will be a leap forward for people with disabilities, their families and their communities. There are about 7 billion of us on this planet, one billion of who have some form of disability.  About 10% of people with disabilities worldwide are children and 80% of people with disabilities live in the developing world.

Posted: Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:13 | Posted by: Ruti Regan | The New Normal
#MatanChat. Courtesy of Matan

Posted: Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:00 | Posted by: Frances Victory | The New Normal
Dr. Francis Victory

With 2017 approaching, it is a good moment to stop and take inventory of the people in our lives. Each person that comes into our life plays some kind of important role. Our relationships define who we are. The saying goes “You are the company that you keep.” Some of the people in our lives are warm, loving, caring, supportive and help get us to where we want to be while other individuals can make our lives complicated, stressful, toxic and don’t help get us anywhere besides heartache and headache. 

Posted: Tue, 11/15/2016 - 07:24 | Posted by: Liane Carter | The New Normal
The author with her son Mickey. Courtesy of Liane Carter

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. But in my family, awareness is year round.

When our younger son Mickey was diagnosed with autism, no one warned us that somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of children with autism eventually develop epilepsy too. Unfortunately, we soon discovered he was one of them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a seizure as “a short change in normal brain activity that can cause changes in awareness, behavior, or body movement.” That’s a clinical description. It doesn’t tell you how terrifying it is to see your child have a seizure. He is literally seized: snatched up in an electrical storm that sucks the air out of him before it spits him out, disoriented and spent.

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