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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Parent support

So last week I went to a parent support group meeting, put on by St. Louis Arc (a local group) and I have to say, it definitely reminds you when you think things aren’t going well, someone has it worse. It also reminded me that sometimes we have to get a bit creative when helping to support our kids.

In fact, it was there where I came up with the idea to teach a cooking class for kids like my son but to take it one step further. To help them start from making a list to purchasing the food to actually cooking the meal.

Just a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine who works at a local grocery store, told me they had a cooking class for kids like my son last year but this year, couldn’t find anyone to teach it.. So when we were talking at the support group, I came up with the idea. Now I’m waiting to hear back from my friend. We’ll see what happens.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

From awareness to acceptance

So at the library where I work during the day, I’m in charge of the display case for each month and of course last month was Autism Awareness Month but as this post says, I made our display about both awareness and acceptance.

So seeing this article of course got me thinking about what more I can do to work on the acceptance piece of autism. The article is entitled “City Among First to go ‘Autism Friendly’” by John Reinan over at Disability Scoop. Makes me wonder what more I can do in my city?

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Disability separation and inequality

So about a week ago, my son, his mom and I met to discuss my son’s ISP. During that meeting one of the topics that was brought up was what Evan would like to do in the future regarding work and one of the things I brought up was not having him work in a sheltered workshop.

So consequently, today while I was at work, I came across this article entitled “Separation and Inequality persist among Minnesotans with Disabilities, Study Says” in the Star-Tribune newspaper by Chris Serres. To say I was a bit disappointed would be stating in mildly. Next week in fact, I’m taking my son to a local community college to check out their automotive program. Stay tuned!

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

 

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.

Sincerely-

     

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.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

The future

So as the father of a young man who is now out of high school and looking to find what his future might hold, I thought these two articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (my local paper) might be worth reading. The first is entitled “Autism makes life after high school a struggle for the ‘Mayor of Parkway West’ ” by Kristen Taketa. In a way, I’m living this story.

The other one is entitled “UMSL program gives students with intellectual disabilities a college experience ” by Ashley Jost. I’ve actually took my son up to UMSL to learn a little more about the program. Unfortunately, he’s not interested. We’ll have to wait and see if that changes at some point down the road.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian