I remember this story like it was yesterday. One of the first articles I posted on girls and autism a few of years ago, really hit home with a young lady in England that has a sister with autism. So ever since she commented on my post, every time now I find an article on girls and autism, I post it.

Just like the article I wrote about in yesterday’s post entitled First and foremost, they are our children and even though I have a son with autism, the article I’m posting tonight hits close to home. It’s entitled “What I Want You to Know about My Daughter with Autism” by Brooke Wilson over at Yahoo! via The Mighty. So many times I’ve felt, and still feel the same way, even though he’s nineteen now.



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In a Different Key: The Story of Autism

I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about this book before and even mentioned that I’ve requested it from the library. A couple of weeks ago I found a nice article about the book In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker entitled “What Went Before, and is Yet To Come: The Making of our Big Book on Autism’s History, In a Different Key” in the Fall/Winter edition of Autism Advocate.

I still haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of the book yet but the article definitely gives you a little more insight into why they wrote the book. Honestly, it didn’t really surprise me as I truly believe we all know someone who’s part of the autism community.



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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.



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The eyes have it

When I found this article from Autism Speaks in my inbox today, I thought great. Here’s some research perhaps getting us a little closer to helping those with autism. As I watched the video however, I remembered back to another article I recently posted.

In that article, The Kids Who Beat Autism there was a gentleman from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network who was quoted as saying “Autism isn’t an illness in need of a cure” and somehow this video got me to thinking about that statement.

I know my son wouldn’t be who he is if he wasn’t autistic and while I would love for him to be able to get through a day without the anxiety he feels or the behavior impediments that he has, I also know autism is part of his makeup.

Just food for thought. The article is entitled “Resilience from Autism: Study Shows Some Babies Undergo Course Correction” at Autism Speaks.


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Anxiety & autism

Now I know for my son and I’m sure there are others, anxiety is something that affects his behavior. So when I read this article over at Science of Us on how humidity affects anxiety, it got me to thinking. I wonder if humidity plays a role in autism?

The article is entitled “3 Ways Humidity Exerts It’s Terrible Control Over You” by Melissa Dahl over at Science of Us via the New York Magazine. Just a little food for thought for those of you who have autism on the brain like myself.

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Opera, on the other side of the world

So yes, I don’t live in Australia but, I like what they’re doing in regards to opera music and kids with autism and sensory disorders. There is a nice article on the program entitled “Australia’s Victorian Opera Offers ‘Relaxed’ Preformances for Children with Autism and Sensory Disorders” by Marni Fogelson-Teel at Inhabitots.



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Working for a living

So as the father of a child with autism, one of my hopes is that he can find and keep a job. Now I’m sure I’ve no doubt  said before that even though he is still a couple/few years away, you can never start looking too soon. In fact, I tried to talk about it a little bit when we were at the NASCAR race this past weekend but I need to build on it this weekend.

Like what kind of jobs did we see people doing? Do any of these interest you? When we go over to Pole Position, a local track, I’m going to do the same thing. I know he talks about driving but we need to look at all the possibilities out there.

I found this article tonight buried in a pile of articles on autism and so I’ll sit down to tonight and read it. It’s entitled “Five Tips for Individuals with Autism on Finding Employment” by Kerry Magro. Maybe it will help somebody else too. I also need to keep looking for other summer things to do with him while at the same time, working on his social skills and talk about his future.



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