End of school

Tonight I don’t have an article to pass on or a book to recommend. I just wanted to celebrate with my kids in the fact that another year of school is over and while it’s something to definitely be celebrated, my oldest will actually have a part-time job for the first time with Mers-Goodwill.

While I don’t know how he’ll do, I have to say this year has been a really good year of growth, not only in his height (as he is now taller than me) but also in his maturity. So as I said before, it’s a time of celebration but also a time where I will hold my breath and hope for the best. Sort of a glimpse into his future.

Sincerely-

  

Steve

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Entrepreneural opportunities abound

What’s the old saying, necessity is the mother of invention? Anyway, this local businessman (who has a son with autism) took that to heart with his project, the Calming Chair. It turns out he has a classroom of students in a high school engineering program help him create it and now it appears it might actually be headed to market.

This according to the article entitled “Calming Chair For Kids On The Spectrum May Be Headed To MarketBy Dugan Arnett at the Kansas City Star via Disability Scoop. Just like the old English proverb.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Career choice for a seven year old

There is a movie that my daughter likes entitled Sticks & Stones about a 12 year old who plays hockey but also has a conscience. Anyway, at one point in the movie, his friends dad says to his dad “your son is ruining his career”, the other dad says, “he’s twelve years old, he doesn’t have a career”.

Anyway, apparently even a seven year old can find their future. In this article, “7 year-old girl with autism creates greeting cards whose proceeds benefit the National Autistic Society“, the young seven year old has already become quite the artist. How cool is that?!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Autism at 21

I found this article very interesting. Both for the fact it’s about a young lady with autism and because she wasn’t diagnosed with autism until she was 21. The age most are considered to be an adult.

The article is entitled “Diagnosed With Autism at 21—and OK With It” by Clare Ansberry at the Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately it’s unavailable without a subscription to the newspaper. You can however, check it out at your local library, if they have the Journal in paper. I believe it was in Wednesday’s paper (May 13, 2015).

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

College

If your son or daughter has plans on going to college then according to this article, the Campus Offices of Accessibility or Disability Services can be a critical resource to help your loved one. This according to the article “Students with disabilities are not alone” by Sharon Schnall over at the Crain’s Cleveland Business.

While I must admit, I’ve never come across Crain’s Cleveland Business before, the article looked very good and from what I’ve read they seem to be in the business of publishing trade newspapers. As I mentioned in my last post, Workin’ for a livin’,  the autism population is a large group of people with untapped potential.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Workin’ for a livin’

When I read about this over at Autism Speaks, those were the first words out of my mouth (or rather I sang to myself), quoting an old Huey Lewis song. FYI, I’ve heard that kids on the spectrum seem to be attracted to his music but that’s a post for another day.

The article is entitled “The Spectrum Careers: A New Tool for the Business Community!“. I’ll probably sign us up next weekend. Cool!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Change at the top over at Autism Speaks

It seems that the couple who started Autism Speaks ten years ago, are stepping aside at Autism Speaks to allow the next generation to take the reigns. I find it appropriate that Brian Kelly, the new chairman has a 16 year old son on the spectrum.

Like Brian, I have a nearly 16 year old son and so the next challenge for the organization may be to focus on those children diagnosed with autism who are becoming adults. The article is entitled “Autism Speaks Sees Leadership ChangeBy

Thank you Bob and Suzanne!

  

Autism Librarian