Girls, girls, girls

It seems every time I turn around, there is more and more research being done on autism and girls. This article does a great job of detailing some of those differences. Some are so subtle in fact that they’re almost impossible to see the first time around.

The article is entitled “Seeking precise portraits of girls with autism by Somer Bishop over at Spectrum News. This is a website that focuses on autism and gender. I have to admit, I’ve never heard of this website before. As the old saying goes, you learn something new everyday. I know I did today.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

 

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

As someone that works in the judicial system and who has a son with special abilities, this article caught my attention. It seems that while there have been a large number of lawsuits regarding the  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA, some now believe that rather than looking to change the law, we should perhaps look at the states with largest number of lawsuits.

The article is entitled “Reducing Special Education Lawsuits May Mean Focusing on Certain States, Not IDEA ” by  over at the Education Week blog. Definitely a little light legal reading.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, or PEERS is a program out there to help those on the spectrum learn social skills.

To get a better understanding, check out this article over at Disability Scoop entitled “Young Adults On The Spectrum Learn Ins and Outs Of Socialization” by . I know it’s something my son needs to work on.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Meet me in St. Louis

It’s nice to see that kids and adults like my son, have another ally here in Missouri. That’s what I learned when I read the article entitled “Gadsey’s move to Missouri signals more advocacy for state’s disabled” over at the Missouri Times.

In addition to that, he works for Paraquad, a great support group here in St. Louis. I’ve been fortunate to give back to them by donating computers, courtesy of my workplace. In fact, I’m planning another donation next month.

Good people!

  

Autism Librarian

Stories

This is a that I’ve heard many times before and it’s still just as heartbreaking. In fact, there’s a link to a birthday party invite (near the end of the story) that’s a story we need to hear more often. Kids and parents willing to step up and make a difference.

The article is over at Yahoo! and is entitled “7-Year-Old Girl With Autism Writes Heartbreaking Friend Wish List” by By Bethany Ramos. The birthday party article is entitled “The First Time My Son With Autism Got a Birthday Invite I Didn’t Have to Decline” by over at The Mighty. The power of the story is alive and well.

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Autism Librarian

Autism is life

I’ll be first to say I never thought that autism would play a role in my life. Now when I look back, I can’t imagine my life without it.

My daughter loves horses and now she volunteers as a barn buddy with a group called Equine-Assisted Therapy at Longview Farm Park. They work with kids who have special abilities such as autism.

Tonight I found out from my son that he just started reading a series of books whose titles all start with Al Capone by Gennifer Choldenko. The main character, is a twelve year old named Moose (go figure) that has a sister who is autistic. It’s a small world after all.

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Autism Librarian

Motivation for living

Okay, so the first thing I did when I found this list was to look and see where St. Louis ranked and while I was a little disappointed (97th), it also gives me motivation to work to improve that. The article is entitled “Ranking Names Most Livable Cities For People With Disabilities” By over at Disability Scoop.

There’s also a link to the list at the beginning of the article. So head on over and take a look. For me, now it’s time to do the work. After all, my son graduates in less than two years.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Autism dad

I came across this article this afternoon over at Huffington Post and now after reading it, I have to agree. The article is entitled “Why I Call Myself an ‘Autism Mom’” by .

I particularly liked when she said “It matters for the parents who are struggling, who feel lonely, who are misunderstood every single time they speak with doctors and teachers and therapists” and that’s when I decided to entitle this post Autism dad. It is indeed a team effort.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian