First responders on autism

I have to say that I’ve never heard of this type of program before but it is no doubt long overdue. The article is entitled “First responders attend autism awareness training” over at the Autism Daily Newscast. The training was held in Sandy Springs, Georgia. This is definitely something I will have to look into here in St. Louis.



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What a send off!

For most kids with special abilities, they have until they’re twenty-one (when they age out of the schools) to graduate. For Kyle Boule, a special-ed program graduate of Goffstown High School in New Hampshire, he was given an epic send-off when he turned twenty-one.

You can check it out over at Yahoo!(courtesy of Good Morning America) in the article entitled “Over 1,200 Students, Staff Surprise High School Special-Ed Graduate With Epic SendoffGood story and a great ending.

Sweet dreams!


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Tough to talk about

As they say in the world of the spectrum, if you know one person with autism, then you know one person with autism. Like many things in life, people come in all shapes and sizes and as I like to say, we all have our special abilities.

Now where my son ends up is anyone’s guess. I have a good friend whose son is autistic and high-functioning. My son is also high-functioning but not to that degree, so we’ll have to see how it plays out. For many however, the trip is much more difficult.

I will say that this article over at Huffington Post was a hard one for me to read. It’s entitled “My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About” by Bonnie Zampino. I think as she states near the end of the article, More education, more understanding, more inclusion and more involvement are all needed. By everyone.

She also points to the story coming out of California where several families in one neighborhood are suing another family because as they contend, their child (who is autistic) is a public nuisance because of his behaviors that his parents failed to fix.

At this point and with a little help from the judge, the education process has started. This according to the article over at Disability Scoop entitled “Neighbors Headed To Mediation In Autism Public Nuisance Suit ” by Here’s hoping the understanding, inclusion and involvement will follow.



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I recently received a very nice comment on my post from yesterday entitled Autism, Anxiety and Girls and so afterwards, I decided to visit their blog. That visit inspired me to write this post on siblings.

While I myself have no sibling with special abilities, my daughter and youngest son do, their brother. It’s something that at times weighs heavy on my mind, especially when I’m working to put things in place for my son and his future.

So if you’re a sibling, parent, family or even just a friend of someone with special abilities, I highly recommend visiting The Phoebe Effect : what I’ve learnt from a sister on the spectrum. It’s a good resource (and I should know, I’m a librarian) and well worth your time.


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Always on my mind

The article that I found tonight is on a topic that for any parent with special abilities, is always on their mind. It’s entitled “Aging Out – for the first time in “My Autism Life” – I’m scared for my son’s future” by  via the Autism Daily Newscast.

I almost forgot, this is actually the first of  a series on aging out and is designed to help others develop a strategy and plan for their future. I know I’ll be following along. I’m actually signed up for a three part series on special needs trust in a couple of months and I’m sure it will be helpful for my son and I.

Stay tuned!


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Special Needs Trusts

Since I signed up for another workshop this fall on Special Needs Trusts, I thought I would post this article on some good news about these trusts. This according to the article entitled “Bill Would Increase Access To Special Needs Trusts by over at Disability Scoop.

I actually can’t wait for this workshop since I feel I have questions to ask and actions to take. It helps to be informed.



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