Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Invisible disabilities: Aliza's plea for tolerance

See this important post by Aliza Hausman. Been there, done that. In the final analysis, it wasn't our son's mild-to-moderate hearing loss that made it difficult for him to fit in anywhere, it was his delay in developing age-appropriate social skills. (See here, re dyssemia and here, re pragmatic language deficit. And no, I'd never heard of these disabilities, either, until I ended up with a kid who had them.) We got thrown out of the nicest places, and the folks in shul weren't always so welcoming, either. :(


Blogger Tzipporah said...

She seems like an amazing woman. We're lucky to have her int he tribe. :)

Wed Nov 11, 05:12:00 PM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

I second that.

Wed Nov 11, 06:33:00 PM 2009  
Blogger Colleen said...

I think that it is very important for people to hear her story! I don't feel like disabilities are talked about much in the Jewish community.

Thu Dec 03, 02:16:00 PM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

See the Nov. 10, 2009 Jewish Week article”’Invisible Disability’ Kids Are Being Left Out), by Dov Linzer and Devorah Zlochower, and the Dec. 1, 2009 letter to the editor, ”Needed: Therapeutic Yeshiva Setting”, by Dr. Aliza Dworken Frohlich. The article and letter to the editor concern children, but adults with disabilities could certainly use serious community support, as well. More discussion of, and support for, adults with (visible and/or invisible) disabilities and/or serious health problems is needed in both the general and Jewish communities. What happens to the cute little girl in the wheelchair after she grows up?

Sun Dec 06, 05:21:00 PM 2009  

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