Autism & hockey

Okay, something I haven’t mentioned before I’m sure, but I’m a big hockey fan and so when I read this article over on the National Hockey League’s website, I knew I had to post it.

The article is entitled “McAvoy Surprises Special Needs Kids with Hockey Gear” by David Satriano. Both of my son’s and my daughter are hockey fans, so this article was a very nice surprise to fine.

I’m always amazed how much NHL teams and my own St. Louis Blues as well, are involved in their communities. My youngest son and I went to our first game just last week, and while they lost, we still had a great time.

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Autism Librarian

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This is an everyone thing

So while at work today I came across this article that really struck a cord with me as I continue to learn about my daughters struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. The article is entitled “Everyone is Going Through Something” by Kevin Love over at The Players Tribune.

The article itself is really just about life and what the author has gone through, be it anxiety, panic attacks, depression or perhaps something else. One thing that I’ve come to believe over my journey, is that we all have a disability, just sometimes it’s not always so visible.

I remember one time during a visit to the hospital back when we were trying to find out why my son was having seizures (he was later diagnosed with epilepsy), he was in a room with a young man who had lots of tubes as he was lying in his bed.

I think it was there in that hospital room where I learned that everyone is going through something and equally important, sometimes we all need a little help. I’ve also learned, it’s okay to ask for and get help.

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Autism Librarian

 

 

Tomorrow

So tonight I went to a workshop on ABLE accounts but in the morning, I’ll go back to helping my son figure out his future. With that in mind, this article entitled “Increasingly, Businesses Tailoring Employment to Adults with ASD” by Yvonne Wenger over at Disability Scoop gives me hope for his future. Tonight I need to get some sleep and then tomorrow, I’ll take some more steps in that direction.

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Autism Librarian

Planning for the future

Coming across this article wasn’t exactly the kind of reading I needed to see but, on the other hand, sometimes it’s the kick in the rear you need to keep moving forward. Thankfully I’ve been pushing myself forward a little this week.

The article is entitled “Few Parents Plan for Future of Children with Disabilities, Study Finds” by Courtney Perkes over at Disability Scoops. Now I just need to go back and read the rest of the article. Even though I’ve been pushing myself a little lately, I have more to do.

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Autism Librarian

Disability?

So I read this article, thinking that I read their prior post entitled Autism is Not My Disability but I’m not sure and unfortunately I’ve not been able to find it because the link takes you to a sight that is private.

That said, I found this article quite thoughtful. The article is entitled “Autism, Disability and Unaccommodating People” by Anonymously Autistic over at The Mighty. Definitely food for thought.

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Autism Librarian

Kissability

What a great name for a book and it’s also a great follow up to my previous post entitled Dating. Tonight’s post is about the book Kissability, written by Katherine, a woman who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheel chair.

The post is entitled “Who I Can Talk to about Dating and Disability“, courtesy of Easterseals. I just checked my library and unfortunately, they don’t have it, so I guess I’ll just have to recommend it.

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Autism Librarian

Animals & autism

Tonight’s article is all about animals and those with autism and other special abilities. The article talks about how studies are beginning to show that maybe animals do help those on the spectrum. The article is entitled ” New Research Finds Animals May Help Kids on the Spectrum”  by Rita Giordano over at Disability Scoop. Maybe I need to look into this for my son again.

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Autism Librarian

Music with autism

Whenever I think about my son and music, I always sort of chuckle. He likes music and sometimes he sings along but he quickly gets embarrassed if I notice. I must say this article was quite intriguing when I read it.

The young man here play’s guitar in a band despite the fact that he puts himself in what seems to be an uncomfortable position a lot of the times. The article is entitled “What it’s Like to be a Guitarist with Autism” by Tom Bak over at The Mighty. One of those articles that makes me think.

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Autism Librarian

We are the world

So that phrase takes me back to 1985 and a time when a group of musicians sang a song by that same title to raise awareness of the famine going on in Africa. Now, more than some thirty plus years later, that same phrase is referring to another cause, to help make art accessible for people with disabilities (or special abilities, as I like to say).

So the article is “Have You Thought about Art Made Accessible to Those with Disabilities” by Damyanti Biswas. It’s definitely an article worth reading, a cause worth celebrating and a phrase that, perhaps never really goes out of style. Here’s the original We are the World.

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Autism Librarian