Special

I used that word a lot these days. Instead of saying my son has a disability, I say he has special abilities. Anyway, when I came across this article tonight I found it very interesting and I think the title fits well here.

It’s entitled You are Special! Now Stop Being Different” by Jonathan Mooney over at the New York Times. I mean to me, are we all special in one way or another. I frequently say when I ‘m talking about autism, really we’re all somewhere on the spectrum, just some more than others.

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Autism Librarian

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Autism & jobs

So my son is out of high school but, now enrolled in a program with the Special School District of St. Louis County called the Vocational Skills Program or VSP, where the kids/adults learn both work and life skills.

Where my son goes from here, I am unsure of. Right now I’m looking to get him another chance to learn more job skills as a mechanic at a local automotive place called Combs Tires and I have to say what a great group of guys.

So I hope that more groups like the one mentioned in the article entitled “Nonprofit Wants to Create 130K jobs for People with Disabilities ” by Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop start to develop. We need more groups like Creative Spirit.

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Autism Librarian

Hollywood and autism

I found this article very interesting. To those of us with someone who is autistic or perhaps know someone who is autistic, there is a saying that goes when you know one person with autism, you know one person with autism. In other words, everyone with autism is different.

What this article points out is how many of the characters we see in movies and in television, that portray someone that is either autistic or on the spectrum, are in fact very similar. In turn, what that does is limits people understanding of autism.

The article is entitled “Is Hollywood’s Portrayal of Autism Fair” by Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop. Definitely worth the read for everyone.

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Autism Librarian

What the world needs now…

Is more kids like Alex Jackman (and as the song goes… love sweet love). I think in a way this is a great article to follow up my previous post on siblings but this isn’t just for siblings, it’s for everyone. We all need to get out there and get involved.

The article is entitled “The Autism Activicst” by Sandy Fernandex over at the Scholastic magazine Choices. The way we do this is one person at a time.

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Autism Librarian

Autism puzzle

This is a topic that I must admit I haven’t pondered. Is the puzzle piece relevant to autism anymore? In other words, maybe it’s time to change. The article is entitled “Is it Time to Ditch the Autism Puzzle Piece” by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop.

As the parent of a now young adult with autism, I think I would have to say yes. As I always say about my son, he’s a young man with special abilities. Then again, he’s just another piece to a bigger puzzle, humanity. So maybe, hmmm?

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Autism Librarian

Girls, girls, girls

So I try to post articles about girls and autism whenever I see one but unfortunately, they’re not a lot. This one in fact comes for the Independent in the United Kingdom. The article is entitled “Girls with autism are getting a rougher deal than boys because our assessments are so male-centred: Thousand of women are not receiving the support they need because they’re better at ‘fitting in’ ” by Tiago Pinto. From what I can see or rather not see, we really need to focus more on girls and autism here in the United States.

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Adam

So I watched the movie Adam, a young man with Asperger’s. The story line is about his relationship with a young lady named Beth. I must say at times it was hard to watch, wondering if my son will ever have a relationship. Anyway, I made it through and I must say, I’m glad I did. I think in a small way it gave me hope for my son.

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Autism Librarian

Adam

So I recently came across what looks like an interesting movie entitled Adam about a young man with aspergers and a young lady he meets. While I’m not sure where my son is in regards to maybe one day having a relationship, perhaps it will even give me some insight into what is possible. It also looks like a cute movie.

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Autism Librarian

Thank you!

I think in this article, we can all take a page from David’s playbook. I would also suggest that the airlines would do well to point out this story. For that matter, humanity would do well to tell his story.

The article is entitled “Autistic Man Goes into Panic at Airport, then Airline Employee Crouches Down & Whispers in His Ear” by Josh Starling over at InspireMore. As I’ve said before I’m sure, I speak for many parents of children and adults with autism or any special ability for that matter, we need lots more David’s.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian