Judy Wolf helped create a resource center for children with disabilities in the city of Dnepropetrovsk that not only transformed the lives of families there but became a model for special education throughout the Ukraine. Wolf’s work with a sister cities program through the Jewish Community Relations Council and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism brought her to Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine with her daughter, Sue Wolf-Fordham. Both mother and daughter noticed that children with disabilities faced deep prejudice there: most were confined to their homes and eventually institutionalized. In collaboration with Bet Hana Teachers College and Jewish Families & Children's Service, Wolf and her daughter spearheaded the development of the Educational Resource Center, where families with special-needs children could have access to innovative learning programs, a handicapped-accessible playground, and adaptive toys. One parent said, memorably, “I never knew my child could learn.”
Judy Wolf was honored at the 2005 Women Who Dared event in Boston.
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