Explaining autism

Many years ago, while my son was still in elementary school, I decided to have  someone explain autism to his classmates. So I got in touch with a local autism group called Judevine (in St. Louis) and set up a time for someone there to speak to his class.

I still remember his teacher saying to me, the students later said, “so that’s why he does that“. It was probably one of the best decisions I ever made in regards to his education. So when I came across this video, I was reminded of that. It’s entitled “Little Boys Touching Video Explaining His Autism to His Classmates Goes Viral“. Definitely worth watching.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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Good doctor reviewed

So I finally watched an episode of the Good Doctor and I must admit it was pretty good. I can usually tell a good movie or show for me when I turn away because I’m so into it. In fact, the episode I watched had the preview for the final episode at the end and I must admit it sounded pretty good.

Now why I talked about the show in a previous post entitled The good doctor, here’s another review of the show entitled “How ABC Found a Surprise Hit in ‘The Good Doctor’” over at the New York Times. Now that I’ve watched an episode of it, I would say it’s definitely worth watching.

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Autism Librarian

We are the world

So that phrase takes me back to 1985 and a time when a group of musicians sang a song by that same title to raise awareness of the famine going on in Africa. Now, more than some thirty plus years later, that same phrase is referring to another cause, to help make art accessible for people with disabilities (or special abilities, as I like to say).

So the article is “Have You Thought about Art Made Accessible to Those with Disabilities” by Damyanti Biswas. It’s definitely an article worth reading, a cause worth celebrating and a phrase that, perhaps never really goes out of style. Here’s the original We are the World.

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Autism Librarian

Getting around

So I came across this article the other day over on Facebook entitled “Transportation is Key for People with Disabilities in America” and I must say while I agree with their interpretation of the study mentioned in the article (for which there is a link), I was also shocked to see that St. Louis is ranked 6th.

As a user of public transportation myself, I would say that I think the ranking of St. Louis would fall quite a bit if it had included transportation. I enjoy using it but the service itself can in my opinion be quite daunting and I say that because of my son.

My hope would be that WalletHub go back and do this study again, this time including transportation. For parents like myself, as well as, for kids like my son. Their future just might depend on it.

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Autism Librarian

Bookstore autism

Reading this article took me back to my day’s of working in a bookstore. In fact my boss was the one in charge of kids books but it seems like every so often I was back there. I remember the Babysitter’s Club books because it seemed like they had a new one every few months.

So imagine my surprise when I learned there was in fact one on autism. It was volume #32 entitled Kristy and the Secret of Susan. The article here is entitled “How the ‘Babysitter’s Club’ Started a Lifetime of Learning About Autismby Emily Kircher-Morris over at The Mighty. Who knew it would start my lifetime of learning about autism as well.

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Autism Librarian

 

Autism in the family

I guess sometimes it’s hard to see how even when only one child or adult may actually have autism, it affects everyone in the family. Parents, siblings, grandparents and even extended family. Tonight I found out how much it’s affects my daughter.  So tonight is a night to reflect on how I can help her.

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Autism Libarian