Life insurance

So tonight is another one of those nights where I’ve been unable to come up with an article. What I’ve decided to do instead is write what steps I need to help him transition into the next step of his life, now that he is 19 years old and officially out of high school.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been looking around (with no success I might add) on information about my life insurance at work and since I finally found something, I decided to go with this topic first.

What I’ll do for the next couple of days is come up with any questions I might have about it regarding my son, like if I died tomorrow, how do I make sure it goes to where he needs it?

Then next week I’ll write about what I’ve learned and make a list of what I need to do to get it all set up. Tomorrow I’ll start with reading what I’ve found and we’ll take it from there. So wish me luck.

Sincerely-

       

Autism Librarian

 

 

 

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My dad and autism

So as hard as I looked tonight, I couldn’t find an article to post but, suddenly I realized maybe I do. As I sit here, I’ve been listening to a song by Tom Russell entitled The Kid from Spavinaw and that’s when it struck me I do have something to write about.

The song, which is about Mickey Mantle and his relationship with his father, at least that’s my take on it. Anyway, tomorrow is the 24th anniversary of my dad  death. There have been many times where I wished he was here.

Many of those were simply to meet my kids, his grand kids. There have also been many times where I wished he was around to give me parenting advice. Maybe I would have gotten to where I am now a lot sooner. Anyway, thanks dad. I miss you and happy fathers day.

Love-

     

Autism Librarian

 

Family hero’s

So as I sit here, trying to do what I need to do for my son, I came across this article. Written by someone who is himself autistic, Kerry Mango, it was definitely a pick-me-up article for anyone who is the parent of someone with I like to call special abilities.

The article is entitled “To Any Special Needs Parent Who’s Having One of Those Days ” over at Kerry Mango’s website. Well worth the read, for any parent having one of those days.

If you’re a sibling of someone with special abilities, he’s also written an article especially for you. It’s entitled “To the Siblings Who Love Someone on the Autism Spectrum“. Again, well worth the read.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Meetup night

So once a month I go with my son goes to a local meetup for kids and adults with autism or other special abilities, to hang out, eat and just talk. This one however, was the first one where I really sat back and just watch, while talking with a mom who had come for the first time, to see if it was something her son might enjoy.

This time, I was able to take what I’ve learned on our journey and help her. Her son, I believe in his thirties, is much older than my son but for her, the journey is probably a little behind ours.

See, her son was diagnosed back before many of the resources that I take for granted existed and as such he doesn’t really have a diagnosis even. She is also a single mom, just like I’m a single day. So I shared what I’ve learned and names and places of organizatios and people we’ve met along the way.

The group who puts on this meetup, along with many others is called St. Louis Arc, a great group that I highly recommend. This time, I was really able to relax and watch my son enjoy himself while also helping someone else navigate their journey. It’s always nice to both give and get something out of these meetups.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Backstory

If I’ve learned nothing else in life, it’s that everyone has their own backstory and until you hear that story, you’ll never know what it is.  So this story tonight is about someone telling someone else their backstory.  All I can say is it’s a very powerful story.

The article is entitled  “To the Person Who Left Me Awestruck After I told You About My Son’s Autism” by Caitlin Johnson over at The Mighty. Like I said before, we all have one and while no two are alike, they are really all just as powerful. Hmmm….sounds just like autism.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

In the beginning

This article, even though my son is now a young man, still resonates with me. It still takes me back to the beginning. All the feelings and emotions that I went through when he was first diagnosed. That said, this article lets you know it’s okay to feel those emotions.

The article is entitled “On the First Anniversary of My Son’s Autism Diagnosis” by Caitlin Cavallaro over at The Mighty. It’s a good read for those of you just starting your journey.

Sincerely-

   

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

Lens for love

So tonight I’m going to talk about a website that I just came upon called Lenses for Love and the incredible work that it does. I was actually inspired enough by the story I read recently that I applied to be a photographer. I was so inspired that I did this without having a good enough camera to do the job. I am planning however, to get one over the summer. So meanwhile I will wait and see.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian