Mindfulness

So I just finished the book entitled The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence, and Connect with Others” by Irene McHenry and Carol Moog and while it wasn’t necessarily what I was looking for, it definitely gave me food for thought.

In fact, tonight I was reading an interesting article entitled Zen and the Art of Multitasking: Mindfulness for Law Librarians by Filippa Marullo Anzalone. Maybe it’ll help (me) the librarian connect with (my son) the teenager in a whole new way. We’ll have to wait and see.

Sincerely-

  

Autism (and Law) Librarian

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In for a landing

Okay, I finally finished Fly Away and I have to say it was the hardest movie I’ve ever had to watch. As I said in my post last year entitled Fly away, it definitely hit close to home. I think however, that I needed to watch it.

As I also said, I’ve been working on planing for my son’s future and sometimes it’s a very difficult process to go through. I just need a gentle nudge tonight.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

What is autism?

That’s the question I got why’ll I was headed to work the other day. Too bad I didn’t have a copy of this article entitled “Seeing the Spectrum: A new history of autism” by  over at the New Yorker Magazine.

I have to say, I was a little tongue tied as to how to describe it, especially since I am the father of a sixteen year old with autism. Maybe after I read this article, I’ll have a better way to respond.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Local hockey

Okay, I wasn’t looking to write about hockey tonight but I do admit I love my St. Louis Blues. So when I saw this article in my local paper however, I knew there’s no time like the present to start. The article, entitled “Player with Down syndrome uses hockey to improve life skills” by over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is about a young man with Downs Syndrome who plays hockey.

All I can add is Go Daniel and his team, the Gateway Locomotives! FYI, here’s a link to they’re website. Oh yea, Go Blues too!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

ABLE update

This just in:

Tucked inside a tax bill approved by lawmakers last month is a provision that will permit individuals with disabilities to open new accounts established under the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act in any state, regardless of where they reside.

In other words:

The change means that people with disabilities across the country will be able to open ABLE accounts when the first state programs are up and running which could happen as soon as February or March, advocates say.

The best part is:

With the new accounts, people with disabilities will for the first time be able to accrue up to $100,000 in savings without losing access to Social Security and other government benefits. Medicaid coverage will remain intact no matter how much money is saved in an individual’s ABLE account.

This and more from the article entitled “ABLE Accounts May Be Available Sooner Than Expected by Michelle Diament at Disability Scoop. Now I need to find out how it will affect Missouri. Stay tuned!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Domino effect

Here’s some more news on the sheltered workshop courtesy of Disability Scoop. It seems another state, this time Oregon, is headed in the same direction as Vermont (and perhaps Minnesota).

Again, as the article states, at issue is the fact that “…individuals with developmental disabilities who wanted to work in community-based settings were instead stuck in jobs at sheltered workshops earning less than minimum wage”.

The article is entitled “Judge Approves Shift Away From Sheltered Workshops” by Shaun Heasley.  Missouri, hello? Are you listening?

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Good teachers are hard to keep

When I read this article, I read it with some understanding. Many moons ago, I was a substitute teacher in the St. Louis Special School District. Little did I know I would later have a son with autism.

The article I’m posting tonight is one I’m sure many teachers there and elsewhere, can relate too. Why I didn’t substitute long, I have at least an inkling of what she’s talking about. As a parent however, I also know what she’s talking about.

The article is entitled “It’s Not Easy Teaching Special Ed” by Lee Hale over at NPR. All I can say is god bless Ms. Taylor, my son’s SSD teacher. She’s a god send.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Conversations

I came across an interesting article today on the airlines and  fliers with  disabilities as the article states. The article is entitled “Fliers With Disabilities Could See Airline Changes In Future” by Becky Yerak, courtesy of Disability Scoop.

Now I have to admit it’s a step in the right direction all be it a small one, it got me to thinking that this is a conversation we need to have in so many other places. In schools, work and public places of all shapes and sizes.Here’s hoping the conversation spreads.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian