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.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

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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

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.

Sincerely-

     

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.

Sincerely-

   

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.

Sincerely-

  

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

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

Shopping without distractions

Honestly, there are lots of things I would love to do without distractions. We are so inundated with needless sensory overload. Having gone to a movie without those annoying previews and the lights on with my kids, thanks to our local chapter of Autism Speaks, taught me that years ago.

So when I saw this article entitled “JC Penney Hosts Back-to-School Shopping Event for Shoppers With Autism” over at The Mighty by , I knew they were on to something. I also seem to recall a store in England doing this a while back and thought, when will I see this over on the other side of the pond? Well, I wonder no more.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian