Tonight, my mom and I were watching the Olympics, and I was excited to see Oscar Pistorius competing. I'd read about him a few weeks ago and was hoping to catch one of his races. For those who don't know, Pistorius (South Africa) is the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics (as compared to the Paralympics). He's an amazing athlete, and, as a person with a disability myself, I think it's particularly awesome to see him competing alongside able-bodied athletes. ...more
As a current college student with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I know the going isn't easy. Over the last three years, I have come up with solutions and advice that have helped me manage issues like living alone, time management, social interaction, and securing disability accommodations, as well as creating guidelines for future snags and anticipated events. In this series, starting with the college-planning process, I hope to shed a little more light on what it's like to navigate college and provide some critical planning tools for families and students with ASD.
Honestly, I don't give a fig about strangers judging how I parent my autistic son. I know I'm doing my best with all three of my kids, and am also constantly learning from my mistakes. Plus Leo has the same right to be in public as anyone, as long as (like anyone) he's not being disruptive. If he's having a hard time, there's always a good reason, and we move on. What I do care about is how strangers respond when Leo needs accommodation. And last month, when I reluctantly pulled out the autism card to ask if Leo could jump the queue for a public restroom, a stranger lectured me on how autism did not justify my request, and that furthermore I was teaching my son bad behavior by asking for special treatment. Yeah. How's that autism awareness working for you?
With a Little Moxie Do you have a child with special needs? And/or a disability yourself? Join us in our weekly special needs/disability blog hop!The completely optional prompt and photo-to-riff comes out on Monday; the BlogHop is live on Wednesday for 6 days. It's a great time to discover new friends, community and promote your favorite posts.The prompt and photo for this week are here:...more
Leo's kind of autism is not subtle. It's intense. He's not much for speaking, or reacting to questions in expected ways -- though he usually does hear what's said, and respond in his own way. Sometimes his autism means exuberant whooping and galloping in great big circles with no concern for social propriety. Many people assume Leo wouldn't have much in common with Zoe, an autistic college student -- probably because Zoe can speak in a more typical manner than Leo. That doesn't mean she's not autistic -- it means others don't always perceive the effort she puts into communicating and getting through her day....more
I have a daughter with autism. Now, one of my daughters, K1, has a son with autism. I had a lovely conversation with my daughter K1 yesterday. As mothers of autistic children, our conversations often veer into the topic of raising a child with autism....more
Who would have ever thought that I would be in the mental space that I am in when it comes to the girl turning 18. For months, if not years, I have anticipated this time when she will prepare to exit the traditional school setting of public education and enter into the world of adult services. I was eager to complete the often meaningless requirements, like world history, in favor of more purposeful opportunities. Eager to be done with the years of wondering if she is eating lunch alone. Just plain eager to be done....more