Just one of those days

Today I don’t have a particular article to post just my thoughts. So my son graduated from high school this year and while he has a work/study program lined up for the next three years if necessary with the St. Louis Special School District, I have a lot to do.

I need to deposit some money into his new ABLE account, I need to get him over to a friend’s automobile shop to work on seeing if he’s interested in becoming a mechanic and at the same time, check out the local community colleges technician’s program. Then there’s the whole Supported Decision Making thing to look at and the list goes on….

With out vacation coming up, I need to try and get some of this done before we leave because once we get back, school for his siblings as well as his work/study program will be close to beginning. So much to do and so little time.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

The next stage

So a week ago my son turned eighteen. This past Saturday he graduated from high school. I have to say, that while I am extremely proud of him, it hit me pretty hard.

I shed a few tears as I sat there, then a few more as I shared the story with friends & family and today, I shed quite a few more when I red this article entitled “Struggling to Find My Role After Placing my Son with Autism in Residential Care” by Kristen Scott over at The Mighty.

While it’s not my story, it’s perhaps a glimpse into the next stage of my relationship with my son. Fortunately I still have a little while before we get there.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Okay, this doesn’t just pertain to kids with autism or any special ability for that matter but I thought it was just a good story because at this high school they have a club that includes everyone. The story is entitledHigh School Students Start Club To Make Sure No One Sits Alone At Lunch: “If we don’t try and go make that change, who’s going to do it?”‘by Taylor Pittman over at the Huffington Post.

It reminds me of a story that I posted last year about a lunchroom down in Florida, a football player and a young man with autism. The post is entitled Looking in the mirror. I love the subtitle of the article, if we don’t try…who’s going to?

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Teachers, therapists & support staff

Looking back over the years I know my son wouldn’t be where he is today without some amazing teachers, therapists and support staff. The teacher he’s had for the last three plus years at his high school has just been incredible.

The therapist in tonight’s article entitled “Teacher creates tennis ball chair to help students with autism with sensory issuesby Joi-Marie McKenzie over at ABC News is another. While she is just a first-year speech-language pathologist, I can’t begin to tell you how grateful parents are for people like Amy Maplethorpe. God bless her!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Prom

Okay, my son had no desire to go to his high school prom, this year or any other year for that matter and that’s okay. Despite that, this article entitled “Proms For Those With Special Needs Expected To Draw 75,000” by Shaun Heasley was just too good of a story to pass up.

The article is about how the Tim Tebow Foundation and it’s Night to Shin program will help over 75,000 kids with special abilities will get the chance to go. If you ask me, Tim Tebow doesn’t need baseball or football, he’s already a star.

Thank you Tim!

  

Autism Librarian

My sons future

Tonight I don’t really have an article but I just wanted to given an update on what I’ve been doing for my son. So last week I went to a Family Transition Support Group meeting over at St. Louis ARC and asked them about the ability of individuals to open up their own Special Needs Trust and they said she wasn’t aware of that.

Then tonight I first e-mailed my state treasurer to see what the status is regarding ABLE accounts here in Missouri and then e-mailed the Special School District here in St.Louis County to set up an appointment to talk some more about the options my son will have after he graduates this spring.

My next step is to look over the workshops for this semester and take or re-take any I feel I need too. For some strange reason when I went to that meeting last week, I felt sort of like I have a plan.

On a side note though, I recently wrote a post on the idea of building a tiny house for my son and I learned at the aforementioned meeting that Autism Speaks recently did some research on them. I printed something up the other day and I still need to read about that. There’s always something!

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Autism art

Tonight I thought I would post a piece of my son’s artwork from his Graphic Design class that he’s taking this semester. I would say that his decision to take this class was a bit of a surprise but that said, he’s done well in really all of his school work and this class is just another example of that. It’s a quote from Winston Churchill:

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Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

 

Transition meeting

So tonight I set up a transition meeting with the Special School District of St. Louis County to learn exactly what my son is going to be doing while he’s between the ages of 18 and 21 or in other words, until he ages out.

Now I need to get my questions together to make sure I know what to ask and to help me see what the bigger picture here is. After all, it’s his future, as well as mine.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Good day

Okay, so once again I don’t have an article but it was a good day none the less. It seems that last week my son got an after school detention for saying an inappropriate word while talking with his friends.

Then yesterday he told me it was two days. Well, first I e-mailed his teacher about this and she said to talk to the grade school principle. When I got his reply (as he is out of town with the journalism club), he only said, Oops. My mistake. One it is.”. So today was a good day.

Sincerely-

       

Autism Librarian

Looking back (towards the future)

Tonight I was at my daughter’s parent-teacher conferences and like most times when I’m up there, someone always asks about her older brother but, this time it was me mentioning him to his former sixth grader counselor.

Of course, as soon as I look back, I also have to look towards his future. This article tonight is from Autism Speaks and it’s entitled “12 steps to help adults with autism find the right job“.Here’s hoping we find that right job and that the next time I’m up at the middle school, I can give them some really great news.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian