One of my new favorite pages on Facebook is Parenting Autistic Children with Love & Acceptance. There’s a lot of great information, but also, you get to ask questions and respond to questions. Since parenting autistic children is a passion for me, I have been getting into answering a lot now that I’m no longer working. It’s pretty awesome to be able to help parents, especially those early in their journey.
Today a question was posed about how autistic parents of autistic kids handle the socialization aspect of parenting. I have to admit, when my kids were toddlers, I was pretty terrible at it.… 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 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.
I’m slightly terrified of this. But Citizen Autistic has now been updated with splices of an interview with me. You can see the boys in it as well, not to mention their living room a some laundry in the background, and generally the “lived-in” look with toys on the floor. (What can I say? It’s their living room.)
I’m slightly shocked that I talked myself into this. Rule of thumb: Even if you don’t normally wear make up, make sure to put it on for the camera. Yeah, not pleased that I couldn’t find mine (I use it that infrequently).