Post-secondary

&I found really interesting article on kids with autism and their choices for post-secondary school. This hits home for me as I wonder if my son will even be able to go to college one day.

If he does however, we’ve already found a program with the University of Missouri at St. Louis entitled SUCCEED and now another one with the entire University of Missouri school system called the Pre-Employment Transitions Services.

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Autism Librarian

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Paradigms

I’m as up for a new paradigm as anyone, especially this one when it comes to kids/adults with autism. I will admit however, that his name didn’t ring a bell when I first came upon this article but, I did recognize it when I saw that he wrote the book A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry Prizant. In fact, it’s sitting at my desk at work. Now I just need to bring it home.

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Autism Librarian

IEP’s

So today we have my son’s second to last IEP at his school. I must say that by going to several workshops recently including the one entitled Beyond Guardianship: Supported Decision-Making by Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities by Jonathan Martinis (and put on by the Missouri chapter of the AAIDD) was really helpful.

I felt prepared in what to expect for his senior year and transition from school next year. At the same time, I still have a lot to do. Maybe that’s why I’ve been feeling a little down tonight.

Carry on!

  

Autism Librarian

NASCAR, NHL & autism

As the father of a young man who loves NASCAR, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the upcoming NASCAR race AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover, Delaware on May 15, 2016. You can find all the information here.

Now while I enjoy watching the races here, we also both like hockey (in part because of my families love for hockey that started when my brother played hockey). It also helps that his cousin plays junior hockey with the Waterloo Black Hawks

So with our St. Louis Blues in the hunt for the cup, we’re gonna watch them too. In fact, their on NBC this Sunday afternoon. Go Blues! Oh yea, I’m sure NASCAR will be on too.

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Autism Librarian

Autism glasses?

Okay, so when I first saw this article, I must admit I was intrigued. Glasses to help someone with autism? Well, it’s an interesting article to say the least. It’s entitled “Autism Glass Takes Top Student Health Tech Prize [Slide Show]: A Stanford grad student’s invention uses Google Glass to help autistic children recognize facial and social cues in real time” by Prachi Patel over at Scientific American. Maybe you just have to see it to believe it.

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Autism Librarian

Why didn’t I think of this?

Okay, I think my son (who is also named Evan) is too old for this and unfortunately, we’re still looking for an answer to the same situation (though we’re trying one now, using replacement words, which is having mild success), I loved the story.

The article is entitled “How a Brother Solved an Autism Problem” by Jennifer Lovy over at the Huffington Post. I have to say, I wish I would have tried this, then maybe we wouldn’t have our own list of seven dirty words. Thank you George Carlin!

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Autism Librarian

Special Needs Trust

So when I went to this workshop on special needs trusts tonight, put on by St. Louis Arc , I was expecting to learn about trusts. I truly say however, that I definitely got more than I bargained for.

I walked out feeling like I’m starting to make sense of it all, special needs trusts, guardianship and more. As one of the presenters later said, getting to where you want to get to is sort of a cylinder process. It’s like your on the outside looking in but as you go round and round, continuing to learn more, you start to get closer and closer to the center of what you need to know.

I’m definitely getting closer to the center. In fact, I think the financial advisor who spoke tonight is someone I want to talk to some more. He not only has a son with special abilities, he has a brother with special abilities. Seems to me like someone who gets it. All I can say is thank you!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Culture of autism

Now here’s a little food for thought when you’re talking about autism. It’s the role of culture in the world of autism. To some, the characteristics of autism may cause concern, to others, they are more desirable traits.

The article is entitled “How Cultural Differences Affect Autism Diagnoses Behaviors that are considered red flags in the U.S. and Western Europe are considered normal, even desirable, in other parts of the world” by Sarah C. Bauer, Jessica Winegar, Sandra Waxman over at Scientific American. Hmmm…

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian