Thank you!

I think in this article, we can all take a page from David’s playbook. I would also suggest that the airlines would do well to point out this story. For that matter, humanity would do well to tell his story.

The article is entitled “Autistic Man Goes into Panic at Airport, then Airline Employee Crouches Down & Whispers in His Ear” by Josh Starling over at InspireMore. As I’ve said before I’m sure, I speak for many parents of children and adults with autism or any special ability for that matter, we need lots more David’s.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Siblings

As the father of a now young man with autism, one who has graduated from high school, I believe I know at least some parts of his future. He will outlive both myself and his mom but perhaps not his brother and sister.

Chances are, they will be his caretakers at some point in his life but like everyone else, I cannot predict the future. One thing I am hoping for at some point is for him and his siblings to get along.

At this point, it’s a struggle and that is why when I read this article, it gave me hope that perhaps one day his siblings will write a letter like this to their brother. The article is entitled “It is an Honor to Have You as My Brother” over at Autism Speaks. I hope they will.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Reminiscing

So the article I’m posting today is about a place I’m familiar with. It’s entitled “When the ‘Basics’ Are Difficult for My Son with Autism” by Shawna Wingert over at The Mighty. While my son doesn’t know what a CPU is, his knowledge of cars is incredible.

In fact, a few weeks ago I took him to a friends mechanic shop, with the idea that if he knows a lot about cars from the outside, maybe learning about the inside of cars is the next logical step.

Anyway, like the young man in the article, my son couldn’t do the basics at that age but to look at him today, it’s amazing to see how far he’s come. As Ms. Wingert said in her article, my son will figure it out. Until then, he has me. I’m his dad.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

ABLE in Missouri

So according to Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt earlier this month, Missouri has entered into an agreement with four other states (Ohio, Vermont, Georgia, and Kentucky) to implement MO ABLE. To find out more, check out this link to the Missouri Treasurer’s website. Yea!

Sincerely-

   

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

Leaders

Who knew (I certainly didn’t) that I would now talk about someone else who passed away last year. I think in part because I never knew she was an advocate for people with mental illness.

The article is entitled “The Big Shoes Carrie Fisher Left Us to Fill” by over at The Mighty. As the author states, we all need to Carrie on because if we don’t, who will?

Thank you Carrie!

   

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

Transition Families Support Group

So tomorrow afternoon I’m going to my first Transition Families Support Group meeting with a local group called St. Louis Arc. It lasts only an hour and we’re suppose to bring our  lunch but as of now, I won’t know anyone, so we will see how that goes.

There is another meeting that night entitled LAUNCH Support Group which is for A support group for families of young adults who have the potential to live and work in the community, but face barriers to success.  I’m not sure if I belong there (yet) but we’ll see. One step at a time.

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