Autism: Awareness is a Conduit to Acceptance

If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism, the saying goes. It’s hardly a one-size-fits-all disorder. That makes it tough to understand the one in 88 people who have the diagnosis today, as compared to one in 150 in 2000. Hence efforts continue globally by individuals and organizations to inform, particularly during April, Autism Awareness Month....more

Checking the Organ Donor Box

It seems like a no-brainer. Check the box, save a life. So I checked it. My kids checked it. Their dad checked it. We never discussed it. It was just the right thing to do....more

"Dear Daughters"

 Spring break was a memory maker spent with eight mothers and eight daughters indulging in the sun, surf and sand in surprisingly quiet Playa del Carmen in Mexico. We saw armed guards but no miscreants and never feared for our safety. We shopped in empty stores, enjoyed water aerobics, salsa dancing, watered-down exotic cocktails and walks on the beach.We agreed that what happens in Mexico stays in Mexico, so further details will not be forthcoming....more

Tick Tock. Tick Tock.

I sat down at the table for our 2 p.m. meeting and looked up at the clock. We were about to design my son’s last IEP  (Individualized Education Plan) – the roadmap for his final services from our school district. Minutes passed before I realized the hands on the clock had stopped at 1:50.  Oh, how I wish that time was truly suspended, I thought....more
I can totally relate, I have a 17 year old daughter who is mentally handicapped. I too believe ...more

Autism Awareness? “House Rules” Provides Insights and Provokes a Mother's Fears

A friend asked whether “House Rules” by Jody Picoult reflects my family’s experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Picoult not only illuminated some of my life, she also roused a latent fear about what would happen if my adult son encountered the criminal justice system....more