Disability?

So I read this article, thinking that I read their prior post entitled Autism is Not My Disability but I’m not sure and unfortunately I’ve not been able to find it because the link takes you to a sight that is private.

That said, I found this article quite thoughtful. The article is entitled “Autism, Disability and Unaccommodating People” by Anonymously Autistic over at The Mighty. Definitely food for thought.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

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Kissability

What a great name for a book and it’s also a great follow up to my previous post entitled Dating. Tonight’s post is about the book Kissability, written by Katherine, a woman who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheel chair.

The post is entitled “Who I Can Talk to about Dating and Disability“, courtesy of Easterseals. I just checked my library and unfortunately, they don’t have it, so I guess I’ll just have to recommend it.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Animals & autism

Tonight’s article is all about animals and those with autism and other special abilities. The article talks about how studies are beginning to show that maybe animals do help those on the spectrum. The article is entitled ” New Research Finds Animals May Help Kids on the Spectrum”  by Rita Giordano over at Disability Scoop. Maybe I need to look into this for my son again.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

Music with autism

Whenever I think about my son and music, I always sort of chuckle. He likes music and sometimes he sings along but he quickly gets embarrassed if I notice. I must say this article was quite intriguing when I read it.

The young man here play’s guitar in a band despite the fact that he puts himself in what seems to be an uncomfortable position a lot of the times. The article is entitled “What it’s Like to be a Guitarist with Autism” by Tom Bak over at The Mighty. One of those articles that makes me think.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Sweetness

So right now my daughter is struggling with having a brother who is autistic and I understand. In our family, like no doubt most families with someone who is autistic, it can be quite a struggle.

Tomorrow however isn’t one of those days because tomorrow I will just have my son. The reason? He want’s to wrap his sister’s Christmas gift, the one that I got her. He’s actually already wrapped the one he got her.

In addition to that, we will hang out a bit and maybe do something, just the two of us. For I know that beneath that autism is a young man who is very sweet. In fact, last week he bought a Christmas gift for a good friend of mine. He didn’t have to buy her a gift, he just wanted to. The thing is, she lives half way around the world.

She thought so much of it, she bought him a gift. Granted, I ended up getting it and will give it to him from her. Amazing how he can be so sweet to someone he’s never even met. It reminds me of the age old question, why can’t we all just get along? Or maybe we just all need to be a little sweeter.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

We are the world

So that phrase takes me back to 1985 and a time when a group of musicians sang a song by that same title to raise awareness of the famine going on in Africa. Now, more than some thirty plus years later, that same phrase is referring to another cause, to help make art accessible for people with disabilities (or special abilities, as I like to say).

So the article is “Have You Thought about Art Made Accessible to Those with Disabilities” by Damyanti Biswas. It’s definitely an article worth reading, a cause worth celebrating and a phrase that, perhaps never really goes out of style. Here’s the original We are the World.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Getting around

So I came across this article the other day over on Facebook entitled “Transportation is Key for People with Disabilities in America” and I must say while I agree with their interpretation of the study mentioned in the article (for which there is a link), I was also shocked to see that St. Louis is ranked 6th.

As a user of public transportation myself, I would say that I think the ranking of St. Louis would fall quite a bit if it had included transportation. I enjoy using it but the service itself can in my opinion be quite daunting and I say that because of my son.

My hope would be that WalletHub go back and do this study again, this time including transportation. For parents like myself, as well as, for kids like my son. Their future just might depend on it.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian