Sports

Now for my son, sports consisted mostly of participating in the Special Olympics or the occasional opportunity with one of our local support organizations. So when I saw this article, I was intrigued.

The article is entitled “‘Swim Team’ Chronicles Life on the Spectrum” by Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop. It’s definitely on my calendar to watch when it’s on PBS.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

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Siblings

As the father of a now young man with autism, one who has graduated from high school, I believe I know at least some parts of his future. He will outlive both myself and his mom but perhaps not his brother and sister.

Chances are, they will be his caretakers at some point in his life but like everyone else, I cannot predict the future. One thing I am hoping for at some point is for him and his siblings to get along.

At this point, it’s a struggle and that is why when I read this article, it gave me hope that perhaps one day his siblings will write a letter like this to their brother. The article is entitled “It is an Honor to Have You as My Brother” over at Autism Speaks. I hope they will.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Reminiscing

So the article I’m posting today is about a place I’m familiar with. It’s entitled “When the ‘Basics’ Are Difficult for My Son with Autism” by Shawna Wingert over at The Mighty. While my son doesn’t know what a CPU is, his knowledge of cars is incredible.

In fact, a few weeks ago I took him to a friends mechanic shop, with the idea that if he knows a lot about cars from the outside, maybe learning about the inside of cars is the next logical step.

Anyway, like the young man in the article, my son couldn’t do the basics at that age but to look at him today, it’s amazing to see how far he’s come. As Ms. Wingert said in her article, my son will figure it out. Until then, he has me. I’m his dad.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

The next stage

So a week ago my son turned eighteen. This past Saturday he graduated from high school. I have to say, that while I am extremely proud of him, it hit me pretty hard.

I shed a few tears as I sat there, then a few more as I shared the story with friends & family and today, I shed quite a few more when I red this article entitled “Struggling to Find My Role After Placing my Son with Autism in Residential Care” by Kristen Scott over at The Mighty.

While it’s not my story, it’s perhaps a glimpse into the next stage of my relationship with my son. Fortunately I still have a little while before we get there.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Medicaid

I will admit, my knowledge on topics like SSI and medicaid is limited but I’m sure that will soon change now that my son’s turned eighteen. Fortunately I have a friend that will help me with SSI but as far as medicaid goes, I still have a ways to go.

Unfortunately this article over at the New York Times was helpful in taking a few baby steps in my education. The article is entitled “A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education” by Erica L. Green. Meanwhile, I need to call my friend.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Transitioning

As the parent of a child who is transitioning from high school to the real world, this article hit close to home. For me, I feel like I’ve had the resources and the time to do the research necessary to make this as smooth as possible. It also doesn’t hurt that I’m a librarian.

This article entitled is entitled “Feds Urged To Improve Transition Servicesby Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop is a great read for those who are beginning the process or even those who are still a few years away. As someone who is in the middle of it, it never hurts to be prepared.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian