The Mighty

So one website that I visit and share articles from frequently is called the The Mighty and it’s also one that I’ve been meaning for a while now to submit an article to but now that they have a new way to share with others, I might finally find time to do just that.

Anyway, for anyone who has taken this journey, one of the best ways to find support is by sharing with others who have been on that same journey. Tonight’s article, entitled “Inside the Mighty: Two New Ways to Help Each Other” by Mike Porath, talks about  in great detail. So check it out. I plan too, just not tonight. It’s way past my bed time.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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Communication

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years from my son is that we all have special abilities. For this article tonight, this article about a young lady on a plane, should give us all pause to go the extra mile to communicate with others.

It seems this woman took the time to simply have a conversation with a gentleman who was deaf and blind. I think what really hits home for me is how going to my son’s monthly meet-ups has made me realize I think I do the same thing.

I use to think that what I should be doing at these meet-ups is trying to step back and let my son have some social time. Well, I’ve also learned by simply having a conversation with some of the other individuals who come to his meet-up, I’m allowing them to have some social time as well.

Anyway, before I forget, the article is entitled “Teen on Alaska Airlines Flight Helps Blind and Deaf Passenger, Traveling Alone, Goes Viral” over at Yahoo! Hopefully one day, we will all take the opportunity to learn what it feels like to help others with special abilities. It’s definitely worth the time.

Sincerely-

     

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?

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

On the road

With my son on the road to one day finding a job, I came across this video on Facebook about a woman who started a company which hires people with special abilities.

The video is entitled “Special Needs Brewery” and can be found over at the 60 Second Docs Facebook page. As I have no doubt mentioned before, the thought of starting my own business has crossed my mind more than once.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

 

Family hero’s

So as I sit here, trying to do what I need to do for my son, I came across this article. Written by someone who is himself autistic, Kerry Mango, it was definitely a pick-me-up article for anyone who is the parent of someone with I like to call special abilities.

The article is entitled “To Any Special Needs Parent Who’s Having One of Those Days ” over at Kerry Mango’s website. Well worth the read, for any parent having one of those days.

If you’re a sibling of someone with special abilities, he’s also written an article especially for you. It’s entitled “To the Siblings Who Love Someone on the Autism Spectrum“. Again, well worth the read.

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

 

Autism & hockey

Okay, something I haven’t mentioned before I’m sure, but I’m a big hockey fan and so when I read this article over on the National Hockey League’s website, I knew I had to post it.

The article is entitled “McAvoy Surprises Special Needs Kids with Hockey Gear” by David Satriano. Both of my son’s and my daughter are hockey fans, so this article was a very nice surprise to fine.

I’m always amazed how much NHL teams and my own St. Louis Blues as well, are involved in their communities. My youngest son and I went to our first game just last week, and while they lost, we still had a great time.

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