Shark tank

This is one show that my oldest son enjoys, whenever we find it on television. So when I came across this article, I knew it was something I had to post. The article is entitled “Modeled After ‘Shark Tank,’ Program Opens Doors For Adults On The Spectrum by Suzanne Garofalov over at Disability Scoop via the Houston Chronicle. Every once in a while he comes up with ideas about starting a business.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

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One word at a time

So while I like to use the word special abilities instead of disabilities, my sister the other day sent me this graphic about autism using the word different ability.

DifferentAbility

One word at a time, that’s how we change the world.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Doing what they’re doing

Now today’s article is actually one that got me thinking about what my son is fond of doing from time to time, persevering. Now while my son is today a young man, not a little kid as this article is referring to, it too is something that to him is important.

The article is entitled “When You Ask a Child on the Autism Spectrum to Stop What He or She Is Doing“ by Jena Nelson over at The Mighty. So be it something they do when they’re little or something else they do when the’re older and even throughout their life, sometimes we just need to be patient. Just some food for thought today.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

A day in the life…

While my son has been out of school for nearly two years now, this story was a way to take me back to that time and remind me of all the ‘foot soldiers’ along the way that helped him get to where he is today.

The article is entitled “A Day In The Life Of Miss Wendy, A ‘Foot Soldier’ For Special Education” by Ann Schimke at Chalkbeat Colorado and via Disability Scoop. Sometimes it’s nice to get those reminders,  to remember how far you’ve both come.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

A picture’s worth a thousand words

In this case however, the picture is worth a little over a hundred words. The words are not mine but someone else who happens to be on the autism spectrum named Kerry Magro. So to all the parents of someone on the autism spectrum or for that matter, as I like to say, anyone with special abilities, this goes out to you:

Parenting

and to Kerry, I say thank you!

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

 

Joining the village

So last month I wrote the post entitled It takes a Village. It’s about a community that after finding out one of their neighbors had a child that was deaf, decided to go out and learn sign language in order to be able to communicate with their little girl.

It got me to thinking that maybe I should go out and learn a little sign language. As the parent of a young man with autism, I’ve definitely learned about the importance of a community and how important communities are.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Dogs (and cats)

So while I grew up with dogs and cats, in our house we’ve only had dogs. That’s in large part because I’m gone for so long during the day. The nice part is, even though I would prefer a dog, we’ve had cats.

The first one was a black and white cat named Oreo. Now while he is no longer with us, his ashes and many a picture of him adore this house. After Oreo passed away, we waited a few months but then adopted our latest member of the family, Caesar.

Reading this article reminds me that be it cats or dogs, they are both good for our family. Autism or not, they always provide that unconditional love to everyone in the family. So this article tonight, entitled “Dogs and Autism: A Match Made in Heaven” by Maxine Share over at The Mighty, helps give me hope that maybe one day we’ll get a dog.

Until then, Caesar will do just fine. Be it Oreo or Caesar, they’ve both proven to be up to the job here in our house.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Photography

So tonight I’m doing something I’ve never done before here on the Autism Librarian blog and that’s writing about an article that I’m also posting on my other blog, the Green Librarian.

A couple of years ago, I purchased a new camera but it’s only now that I’ve begun to take what I hope are really nice pictures, with most of them taken while on vacation at our family cabin in Minnesota.

The article tonight is entitled “22-year-old defies the odds with his wildlife photography” by Jacqueline Gulledge over at the Mother Nature Network and the young man who the article is about has Down Syndrome.

Now while no one in my family has Down Syndrome, my oldest son is autistic. So it’s a story that in some ways, I hope happens to my son, that he finds what he truly loves to do.

In a way, it also let’s me know, I need to keep on helping him to find that too. Fortunately, I know what he loves, hopefully I can help him make it happen.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian