Workin’ for a livin’

I think that Huey Lewis had it right, I’m takin’ what their givin’ cause I’m workin’ for a livin’. Anyway, my son is happy taking what they’re giving as he too is workin’ for a livin’. Here’s Huey Lewis & the News to take us out. On a side note, I read once that it seems a lot of kids with special abilities like his music. Who knew?!

Go Boys!

  

Autism Librarian

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Dreamers Theater

I was watching Nine World last night over at PBS and caught this show about an amazing program called Dreamers Theater, started by some parents to “create opportunities for young adults with disabilities to get involved with the arts and with their peers” as stated on their website. Of course the website also states it’s for people with and without disabilities. Well worth your time.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

I hope you dance

As I begin to wind down reading Paul Daugherty’s amazing book An Uncomplicated Life: A Father’s Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter, he mentioned a song that I’m familiar with called I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack.

So after I got home from having dinner with a good friend of mine whose son also has autism (and someone who I’ve had the good fortunate to talk with many times) I came home and started playing it over and over. I hope all my kids choose to dance.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Shoe market

Now for anyone who knows me, I’m not necessarily a big fan of large companies like Nike but I have to admit in this case they did a good thing. A young man with cerebral palsy asked them if they could design a sneaker for those with special abilities. Three years later they did.

The article is entitled “Nike Unveils Shoes For People With Special Needs” by

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

An uncomplicated life

I started reading the book An Uncomplicated Life by Paul Daugherty just last week and I have to say that it’s been a very easy read. It’s about a gentleman that has a daughter with Downs Syndrome. As I noted to him tonight, at times his journey has definitely resonated with mine.

I knew when he mentioned the book Father’s Day by Buzz Bissinger that I had made the right choice. It was one of those books that as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to read it.

Enjoy!

  

Autism Librarian

Mix-use housing development

When the term mix-use is typically used, I think of housing and businesses but in this case it’s housing for adults that are both autistic and typically developed. According to the article it maybe the first of it’s kind in the country.

The article is entitled “Housing To Mix Adults With Autism, Typically-Developing Residentsby

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Specialisterne (The Specialists)

I was actually looking to post the article Enabling One Million Jobs for People with ASD by Thorkil Sonne at the Autism Advocate but unfortunately I couldn’t find the article available online. Instead I found this article on the company Specialisterne and what they’re about.

So here’s a link to their website where they tell their story here in the U.S and what they’re doing today. The article I was originally looking to post was from the summer of 2011 edition of the Autism Advocate. I also just signed up for their newsletter, so I’ll keep you posted.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Zippers, buttons and shoe laces, oh my!

I remember back in the day when my son hated zippers, buttons and tags. He also couldn’t tie his shoes. Now while he still doesn’t like any of those things, he can do zippers and buttons (mostly), can sort of knows how to tie his shoes and no longer hates tags.

When I saw this article today over at ABC News I was like, what an idea! The article is entitled “Mom Creates Clothing Line So Autistic Children Can Learn to Dress Themselves” by Alexa Valiente. An idea whose time has come.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian