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

 

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Our hero’s

We all have people that we look up too. Sometimes they’re family or friends and sometimes they’re people on the big screen. One of my son’s hero’s is Dwayne Johnson, courtesy of the Fast and Furious movies.

So when I came across this article entitled “Dwayne Johnson Praised for Opening Up about His Battle with Depression: ‘I was crying constantly’ ” by Erin Donnelly over at Yahoo , I was reminded once again, that we all have our stories. This is definitely one I’ll share with my son.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Disability separation and inequality

So about a week ago, my son, his mom and I met to discuss my son’s ISP. During that meeting one of the topics that was brought up was what Evan would like to do in the future regarding work and one of the things I brought up was not having him work in a sheltered workshop.

So consequently, today while I was at work, I came across this article entitled “Separation and Inequality persist among Minnesotans with Disabilities, Study Says” in the Star-Tribune newspaper by Chris Serres. To say I was a bit disappointed would be stating in mildly. Next week in fact, I’m taking my son to a local community college to check out their automotive program. Stay tuned!

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

Film festival

So it’s been a few days since I lasted posted but that’s only because life has been busy in regards to all my kids. Anyway, I came across this website from an e-mail I received courtesy of the Autism Society on the 2nd AutFest International Film Festival.

Unlike most post’s where I include an article or tell a short story on my life and autism, I’m simply going to include a link to AutFestAsa.  So check it out when you get a chance.

Sincerely-

   

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.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

 

This is an everyone thing

So while at work today I came across this article that really struck a cord with me as I continue to learn about my daughters struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. The article is entitled “Everyone is Going Through Something” by Kevin Love over at The Players Tribune.

The article itself is really just about life and what the author has gone through, be it anxiety, panic attacks, depression or perhaps something else. One thing that I’ve come to believe over my journey, is that we all have a disability, just sometimes it’s not always so visible.

I remember one time during a visit to the hospital back when we were trying to find out why my son was having seizures (he was later diagnosed with epilepsy), he was in a room with a young man who had lots of tubes as he was lying in his bed.

I think it was there in that hospital room where I learned that everyone is going through something and equally important, sometimes we all need a little help. I’ve also learned, it’s okay to ask for and get help.

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

Planning for the future

Coming across this article wasn’t exactly the kind of reading I needed to see but, on the other hand, sometimes it’s the kick in the rear you need to keep moving forward. Thankfully I’ve been pushing myself forward a little this week.

The article is entitled “Few Parents Plan for Future of Children with Disabilities, Study Finds” by Courtney Perkes over at Disability Scoops. Now I just need to go back and read the rest of the article. Even though I’ve been pushing myself a little lately, I have more to do.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian