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.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

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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.

Sincerely-

   

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.

Sincerely-

     

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.

Sincerely-

   

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.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Getting around

So I came across this article the other day over on Facebook entitled “Transportation is Key for People with Disabilities in America” and I must say while I agree with their interpretation of the study mentioned in the article (for which there is a link), I was also shocked to see that St. Louis is ranked 6th.

As a user of public transportation myself, I would say that I think the ranking of St. Louis would fall quite a bit if it had included transportation. I enjoy using it but the service itself can in my opinion be quite daunting and I say that because of my son.

My hope would be that WalletHub go back and do this study again, this time including transportation. For parents like myself, as well as, for kids like my son. Their future just might depend on it.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Leaders

Who knew (I certainly didn’t) that I would now talk about someone else who passed away last year. I think in part because I never knew she was an advocate for people with mental illness.

The article is entitled “The Big Shoes Carrie Fisher Left Us to Fill” by over at The Mighty. As the author states, we all need to Carrie on because if we don’t, who will?

Thank you Carrie!

   

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!

Sincerely-

      

Autism Librarian