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.
I am happy to report that after a month of being a complete flake on just about everyone, the cause has been completed! ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month website is up and running. We will be rolling more content out over the month, but the starting point is done. I’m very happy that we have this up and running and that so far, everyone seems to like it!
As you can imagine, April is going to be a busy month. Starting on the 1st (yes, this upcoming Monday.), I will be joining with Ariane Zurcher, mother and blogger at Emma’s Hope Book and Brenda Rothman, mother and blogger at Mama Be Good on a webinar for ICDL (the people that brought you floortime/DIR).… Read more.
The morning started out with the keynote address by President Obama staff. I was very enthused by the fact that Mr. Lee Grossman, president of ASA, wants to reframe perspective from just medical issues with Autism, but to a whole life, whole person approach. What did not leave me nearly as enthused was the actual keynotes. I was upset by the generalities with no real precision on what the plan is for those of us living with AS. With a mental health system that’s not equipped to handle us rampant throughout the US, housing issues, along with job issues. You’d think some more concrete plans were being laid.… Read more.
Making a Name for Myself: Developing Individual Self-Advocacy and Leadership Skills
Ms. Zosia Zaks was unable to present at the conference, for undisclosed reasons. As a result, Dena Gassner presented the morning portion of the workshop. You may not be aware, but you may have seen Mrs. Gassner if you’ve watched any PSAs put out by the Dan Marino Foundation and ASAN. She was a lovely woman who had a lot to share about learning yourself so that you can effectively navigate and advocate for yourself.
This was not that unfamiliar with myself, but I could tell a lot of “new” Aspies had not thought of this before.… Read more.