Hallelujah

I don’t normally talk about people who have passed on during the holidays but I must say, I learned a lot about the musician Leonard Cohen and the songs he wrote over at my community radio station 88.1 kdhx after his death earlier this year.

So consequently, when this story came up, I was amazed yet again by his work. This story and video over at Autism Speaks entitled “Girl with autism shines singing holiday version of ‘Hallelujah’” is amazing and so is her voice. Enjoy!

Sincerely-

    

Autism Librarian

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Looking in the mirror

So the kids and I were watching what are known locally as the Musial Awards. They recognize remarkable individuals and amazing stories of character, kindness, selflessness and integrity in sports.

Anyway, they had one story on college football player Travis Rudolph and how sitting down to have lunch with an autistic young man named Bo Paske at his school became a story that went viral.

During the story, his mom talked about when her son was diagnosed with autism and how she was told by the doctor he won’t ever hold a job, play team sports or even live on his own. What many parents of kids with special abilities hear.

Anyway, as she related that fact to the reporter of the story, my son kept looking at me. Sort of like, do you worry about that with me? I didn’t really pursue the discussion. I guess I just wanted to see if it would sink in with him and leave it for a conversation on another day. One that will come soon enough.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Teenagers

As a teenager, my son has made amazing strides. This kid, while  temporarily disabled due to a car accident, is also amazing. In fact, he inspired me to do an act of kindness this weekend as well.

I recently drove by a young man who was doing his job while on a crutch outside in the freezing rain. My daughter and I went out and bought him lunch and then delivered it to him. The article is entitled “Injured teen’s work ethic prompts wonderful response from customer” by Mary Jo DiLonardo over at the Mother Nature Network. Thank you Jakeem!

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Autism Librarian

Today was the day

So today was the day we had our Transition IEP and I must admit, I was pretty prepared. In fact, when I left, I felt like I had done a good job doing my homework. Now the next step is to prepare for his future while at the same time, still looking at some options. In some ways, it’s just the first step on a long journey but, so far, so good.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Cat therapy

So at school my son has dog therapy every other month but, here at home he has cat therapy. Mind you, he’s not a trained therapy cat, he’s just our cat and his name is Oreo. As is probably obvious to most people, his name is Oreo because he’s….

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Autism Librarian

 

Asleep at the wheel

When I first typed that title, I thought of a band that was around many, many years ago but I also thought that it’s a rather appropriate description for this article. The article is  entitled “Parts of brain sleep, wake up, all day” by over at Earthsky.

Now while this article isn’t necessarily on autism or any type of special ability, the brain is important to everyone’s life regardless. It’s also a topic that my dad, who taught psychology back in the day, was very interested in. I both miss and love you dad!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Autism art

Tonight I thought I would post a piece of my son’s artwork from his Graphic Design class that he’s taking this semester. I would say that his decision to take this class was a bit of a surprise but that said, he’s done well in really all of his school work and this class is just another example of that. It’s a quote from Winston Churchill:

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Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian