Prehistoric

So while the world of autism has only recently become part of the greater society and vocabulary, it’s seems to some perhaps, that autism has been around a lot longer than that. According to this article tonight some believe that perhaps autism has been around since prehistoric times.

This according to the article entitled “Prehistoric Autism Helped Produce Much of the World’s Earliest Great Art, Study Says” by David Kays over at the U.K.’s Independent. So while it appears that autism does have a lot to offer society, I’m guessing this is something that at least the parent’s of someone with autism probably already knew.

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Autism

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Prom

So tonight’s article is simply about some good people doing a nice thing for some special kids. The article is entitled “Police Officers Served as Prom Dates for These Special Needs Teen” by Erin Donnelly over at Yahoo! We need more stories like this in the world these days.

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Autism Librarian

Awareness and acceptance

So every month at the library where I work, I create a display. For some months, it’s easy to find a topic. With April, it’s autism awareness month but while I created the display this year, I came across the word acceptance and so I decided to create an Autism Awareness and Acceptance display.

For me, I think autism has become much more for lack of a better word, part of the mainstream conversation. In fact, this month new studies now show it’s 1 in 59 who are autistic, where prior to that it was I believe 1 in 65.

So maybe it’s time to begin to move from awareness to acceptance. To begin to accept those with autism as just individuals with unique or as I like to say, special abilities. There is a saying in the world of autism that goes when you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. In all reality, doesn’t that really go for all of us?

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Autism Librarian

Let’s talk about autism

With Autism Awareness Day coming up next month, April 2, 2018 to be exact, this article turns out to be a great conversation started on that topic. The article is entitled “Beth Hiatt Writes ‘Let’s Talk About Autism’ Article for School Magazine ” by Elisabeth Brentano over at The Mighty. So with that in mind, let’s talk but you don’t have to wait until April 2nd. Any day is a good day.

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Autism Librarian

 

Among us

So last night, my son and I went to a meet-up for those with autism at our local Kaldi’s. In other words, we were out there among us. As I sat there, watching my son and a friend of his talk, I kept observing the people around us and I must say, they were all just doing their thing.

So coming across this article entitled “Autism Awareness: Be Aware of Our Exsistence” by Rhi over at The Mighty sort of reminded me of last night. If any last night is any indication, maybe it’s already happening.

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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.

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Autism Librarian

Traits, characteristics or “symptoms”

Like I talked about earlier in my It’s All in Your Perspective post, this article talks about the “postive” aspects of autism, even listing several of them. The article is entitled “The Side of the Autism Spectrum I Wish More People Could See” by Yasmin Stubbings over at The Mighty. I think taken together, both articles are definitely worth the read, for everyone.

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Autism Librarian

It’s all in your perspective

Okay, I really like this article in the fact that it comes to you from a different perspective. That rather than looking at it like autistic people need to “fit in” to society, maybe that it’s the rest of us who need to “fit in” society.

The article is entitled “Taking a Different Perspective on Autism” by Guy Shahar over at The Mighty. I must say, the article definitely makes you think.

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Autism Librarian

 

ID cards

When I read this article by Kerry Magro I must admit I wasn’t thrilled by the idea but I think it’s starting to grow me. In the sense that it’s the first step in a process that needs to happen. It’s not going to work for everyone with autism but it definitely helps with the awareness.

The article is entitled “These ID Cards are Helping Police Communicate with People with Autism” over at Kerry Magro’s website. Kerry is someone who cares deeply about autism as he himself was non-verbal until the age of nearly three and diagnosed with autism at the age of four. Nice job Kerry.

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Autism Librarian

Autism puzzle

This is a topic that I must admit I haven’t pondered. Is the puzzle piece relevant to autism anymore? In other words, maybe it’s time to change. The article is entitled “Is it Time to Ditch the Autism Puzzle Piece” by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop.

As the parent of a now young adult with autism, I think I would have to say yes. As I always say about my son, he’s a young man with special abilities. Then again, he’s just another piece to a bigger puzzle, humanity. So maybe, hmmm?

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian