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Monday morning, I woke up with a pain in my butt, literally. It hurt to sit or lay down and most of all, walk. No biggie, right? Probably just sciatica or something like a strained muscle, right? I thought I’d just rest it and find a comfortable way to sleep then get up and feel less pain.
I was wrong. The next day it hurt worse! I struggled to get downstairs. And it had moved to my groin muscle. I went wobbling into the boys school to pick up Daniel who had been suspended. But the pain got worse. By 3, I had somehow gotten myself back upstairs into bed.… Read more.
I have been recently following a few different conversations online about raising autistic kids. There has been something that I keep saying no matter what the situation is, that’s being talked about. There is a need for an autistic child to have their own safe space. In our household, we have taken that a step further. Each person has to have their own safe space. I know that in our autistic household (for those who haven’t read this site before, I am also autistic as are both our kids.) this is more a necessity than most households, but I think it stands firm for ANY household, even if there are no kids/people with disabilities.… Read more.
Tomorrow is the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (and my birthday). We are also celebrating the 5 year anniversary of the ADA Amendments Act which was particularly important for the Autistic community. And as far as we’ve come, we have obviously not come far enough.
Today, I listened to 8 young leaders from the Disability Rights Movement speak as Champions of Change at the White House. Many of these people I consider friends and it was truly an honor. But a message kept ringing true. Disability is looked down upon in our country even these many years after the passage of the ADA.… Read more.
I mentioned a few posts (months) back that I’d be presenting at the ASA conference this year. Well, we are a week away, and I will admit that I’m becoming rather anxious about it.
For most people who read my blog, that I’m aware of, you all generally agree with what I have to say on the subject of parenting. Some may even have “picked my brain” on parenting advice. Many may even say I’m an authority since I’m both Autistic and raise two autistic children (to which I often disagree). I do think I have some particular insights. I also think my opinions are grounded in far more than my neurological status, including research, data collection and the input from professionals I highly respect.… Read more.