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Sep 21, 2020, 10:37 PM
Diary of the Desperate Distance Learners: Days 1 and 2
Day 1: We called in sick. As the first day of "remote learning" commenced -- with 150 messages on WhatsApp across three different groups (one per child) to begin the day -- and no available or charged devices, we did...
Aug 16, 2020, 4:21 PM
Learning to listen when your child doesn’t speak
How does having a child who is nonverbal affect a family? We are still figuring it out ourselves. For his tenth birthday this weekend, I penned a letter to my son about his challenges with speech and my wish...
Nov 1, 2018, 9:52 AM
The Amazing Duck with Down Syndrome
(Daniel, an 8-year-old with Trisomy 21, writes and hosts his own forum at The Baby Blogs. His mother, Nicole, posts his work for him on her space here at TOI. The following is his writing.) We were in the last moments of...
Aug 30, 2017, 5:29 PM
Inclusion is for the ‘brave’ — and the stupid
Mainstreaming is often the best 'special education' for kids like hers, so why does Israel presume it's doomed to fail?
Mar 8, 2016, 2:29 PM
When inclusion means welcome, not mere acceptance
On the healing moment when her child with special needs wasn't merely tolerated
Dec 25, 2015, 6:07 PM
Redemption is Still Born in Israel
No room at the inn. Was it mere coincidence or sheer irony that we as a Christian family living in Israel were facing this very issue at this most wonderful time of the year? No room. That was the response...
Dec 17, 2015, 10:48 AM
Suffering the Consequences of a Broken System
(This is a guest post by a 5 year old with Trisomy 21 and son of Nicole, to whom this blog space belongs. Daniel hosts his own forum at The Baby Blogs) I randomly came across the fact that December 3 was International Day of...
Oct 16, 2015, 5:17 PM
Christian Terror Victim Goes Unmentioned
After a wave of attacks that swept Israel on Tuesday, this sentence in one of Israel’s news sites disturbed me: “The other three wounded (evacuated to one of the city’s hospitals) were the Jewish victims.” Really? Because actually, one of...
Jun 29, 2015, 10:22 PM
Savoring Inclusion’s Rare Rewarding Moments
While I could spend some time castigating the Israeli education system for its failures regarding inclusion, I must linger for a while longer in the happy afterglow of success and let it be a reminder that inclusion is worth the...
Apr 29, 2015, 3:33 PM
What Genocide Victims and People with Special Needs Have in Common
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the...
Nicole is a long-time journalist, writer and ghostwriter of all sorts of fun articles and awesome books. She and her family live in Jerusalem. Her son tells his own stories at TheBabyBlogsbyDaniel.com.