Just Amazing

Sometimes my job is difficult, frustrating, or annoying. Sometimes it makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world. This day was the second kind. And not just because I got to wear a bathing suit to work! *** Less than a year ago, I would arrive at his house, pile into the car… Continue reading Just Amazing

Autism Awareness Month: Before You Light It Up Blue

It's almost April, and you know what that means. "Autism" is the word of the day. Speaking of words, many of us were told: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." I think we all know that's not true. Words can hurt a lot, even words that aren't meant… Continue reading Autism Awareness Month: Before You Light It Up Blue

Small Miracles

Here's the flip side to my last post. Here's what makes this job worthwhile. *** Yesterday, an autistic child whose average attention span is about 30 seconds curled up next to me on the couch and let me read almost 30 pages of "The Reason I Jump" out loud. Yesterday, a girl who generally insists… Continue reading Small Miracles

Restless Hands: Acceptance, Love, and Self-care: #AutismPositivity2015

ScatteredĀ memories: ...He meets me at the door, eyes wide. Takes my hand, looks into my face intently, bouncesĀ up and down in place. I give him my biggest smile and squeeze his hand. "I'm happy to see you, too" I tell him. Later, I read to him, ASAN's "Welcome To The Autistic Community (Adolescent)." He doesn't… Continue reading Restless Hands: Acceptance, Love, and Self-care: #AutismPositivity2015

Managing Challenging Behaviors in Neurotypicals

[This is a long overdue repost from my old blog. It is both satire and very serious. It is satire in that it is very closely modeled on actual articles I see frequently online, and it borrows much of the tone and phrasing of those articles. It is serious in that I very much hope… Continue reading Managing Challenging Behaviors in Neurotypicals

An Open Letter to Wendy Chung and Everyone Else Who Worries About Autism

(So, it would have been nice if I could have written this for the Autism Positivity flash blog, or Blogging Against Disablism Day. But life doesn't always work out that neatly, and I only saw the TED talk two days ago and the words to respond didn't come to me until now. I'm tagging it… Continue reading An Open Letter to Wendy Chung and Everyone Else Who Worries About Autism

Dear “Autism Parents,” We Don’t Want To Be Cured

If you want your autistic children to grow up and be happy, then you need to start listening to them, and to the autistic community as well. When you ignore autistic adults and our opinions, you are adding to the system of oppression that your child is going to face for the rest of their… Continue reading Dear “Autism Parents,” We Don’t Want To Be Cured