Siblings

So this is a topic that until recently I must admit I haven’t dealt with much, as my son’s siblings are 14 and 11 respectively. However, my daughter the other day brought the topic up and so after that conversation, I had to admit I needed to do something.

So what I did was contact someone I know over at the group St. Louis Arc to see what was available. Unfortunately they had groups or meetups only for 6-12 year olds and adults, so I guess my job here is to see if we can start something up for teenagers.

So while in this situation I have no article, I will keep you posted as what happens next. I’m still waiting to hear back from my friend I contacted but I also offered to help start a group if need be. Stay tune.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Libarian

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Special needs trusts new rule

Recently I just open up an ABLE account for my son. I had look at opening a Special Needs Trust but decided against it because of the flexibility of ABLE accounts. So I was happy to see this article entitled “Feds Clarify New Rule for Special Needs Trustsby Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop. To me, the more flexibility for people with special abilities, as well as their caregivers, the better.

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

ABLE accounts

Okay, I don’t have an article to post tonight but I do have an update about the ABLE account for my son. I just opened it up the other day and I’m so excited. Besides having another step taken for my son, I also feel good because my mom has a 529 account for  him but since I don’t know if he’ll ever want to go to college, I can take that money and put it in his ABLE account. If you live in Missouri or one of the other nine states which can’t remember, you can get more information over at the stable account website.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Girls, girls, girls

So I try to post articles about girls and autism whenever I see one but unfortunately, they’re not a lot. This one in fact comes for the Independent in the United Kingdom. The article is entitled “Girls with autism are getting a rougher deal than boys because our assessments are so male-centred: Thousand of women are not receiving the support they need because they’re better at ‘fitting in’ ” by Tiago Pinto. From what I can see or rather not see, we really need to focus more on girls and autism here in the United States.

Sincerely-

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Autism Librarian 

One cup of coffee at a time

Okay, so they’re not a chain and definitely not located in St. Louis but after hearing their story on the Rachel Ray how, I highly recommend them. This from a person who doesn’t drink a lot of coffee.

The coffee shop is called Bitty & Beau’s Coffee and what they do is hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities or as I like to say, people with special abilities. I know it’s four months away still but, I think I know what my family is getting for Christmas.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Fidgety

So I read this article as the parent of three kids, one who is autistic and the other two are what I believe are know as neurotypical. It’s not a word I really have ever used to describe them. Anyway, they all have one of those fidget spinners.

After reading this article, entitled “Fidget Spinners: What They Are, How They Work and Why the Controversy” by Stephanie Pappas at LiveScience, I’m beginning to wondering who they are for. Unfortunately, it seems the article shows that they’re still not sure either.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Family time

Minnesota

So for the end of July and early August , this is where I was, northern Minnesota or what I like to call heaven. It seems like every sunset we see up there is different. This year though, we also went up to Winnipeg, Canada and I must say we had a great time up there too. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of our time there. I’ll have to ask my daughter if she has any. I was busy just enjoying the moments.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Adam

So I watched the movie Adam, a young man with Asperger’s. The story line is about his relationship with a young lady named Beth. I must say at times it was hard to watch, wondering if my son will ever have a relationship. Anyway, I made it through and I must say, I’m glad I did. I think in a small way it gave me hope for my son.

Sincerely-

      

Autism Librarian