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  • Autism Awareness, Autism Acceptance

    Yesterday, April 2, was World Autism Awareness Day. Many people all over the globe lit things up in blue, shared blog posts, and donated money to various organizations in order to promote autism awareness and increase visibility for the condition. I personally know some individuals who participated in this autism awareness campaign, and I can tell ...
  • Spring Break Plans

    Whenever A. has a holiday from school, she always asks what we're going to do -- what we have planned. Generally, it's not much -- maybe dinner and a movie, or a stop at our favorite pizza restaurant. For this year's spring break, however, I took a couple days off from work and built an entire itinerary of mother-daughter activities to help A. ...
  • Attending the IEP

    For those of us who love and care for children on the spectrum, the IEP becomes a source of great joy and incredible anxiety. Talk to any parent of an autistic child the day before an IEP meeting, and no matter how many times they've attended them, or how often such meetings have gone well, they will almost always express a sense of ...
  • World Autism Acceptance

    Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Many parents and businesses are flooding buildings with blue lights to promote that awareness. Many other people are linking to facts, statistics, and accounts about autism -- what it means to be autistic, and what it means to be a family that loves an autistic family member. Still others are explaining ...
  • Autism & Imagination - Other Possible Misconceptions

    Earlier in the week, I linked to the amazing site Autism and Empathy, which already has several posts dispelling common myths about autistic individuals lacking a sense of empathy. Today, however, I'd like to focus on what I believe may be another common misconception -- that autistic individuals lack imagination. I remember very clearly when I ...
  • The Wild Flower Girl

    A. is nearly twelve years old, and I thought she was a little old to be a flower girl. I wanted her to play a major role in my wedding, but I was preparing for her to be a Junior Bridesmaid, or perhaps even my Maid of Honor. However, A. wanted to be a flower girl, and so I decided to let her perform in whatever capacity she chose in order to be a ...