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Jess Wilson
Jess can typically be found at A Diary of a Mom, where she writes about her life with her husband Luau* and their two beautiful daughters, Brooke*, who is 10 and is autistic, beautiful, and funny as all get out, and Katie*, who is 12 and has been diagnosed by her mother with a case of typical tweendom and a heart the size of Montana.

Jess is proud to be featured in the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism and to have been a regular contributor to Hopeful Parents, Autism Speaks, The Oxygen Mask Project, and the Sensory Processing Disorder Blogger Network (SPDBN).

You can follow her on Twitter @diaryofamom, or join her on Diary of a Mom's Facebook page, a vibrant community of over 14,000 autistic people and those who love them.

Entries by Jess Wilson

My Daughter's Disability Does Not Make Her Inspirational

(9) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 3:37 PM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

One day after receiving a request from an editor at HuffPost to participate in a discussion about Stella Young's brilliant talk on Inspiration Porn, I got an email from a reader of my blog. She...

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Why Sexual Assault Should Never Be In Quotes

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Depicted in photo: Me and my girls, Brooke, 11, and Katie, 13, on the beach last weekend

Please be advised that the following post is a very personal story about rape. Please use your discretion as to whether or not to continue reading.

In an opinion piece in the Washington...

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(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:21 PM

On Saturday morning, I posted the following on my blog's Facebook page:

The other day, I heard a man on TV say, "How do I explain to my kids if they see two dads walking their kid to school? I don't have words for that."

I thought perhaps...

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My Favorite Wedding Photo in the History of the World

(10) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 6:50 PM

My friends Tom and Brian on their wedding day (photo by Photo Pink, used with permission)

This might be my favorite wedding photo in the history of the world. It conveys so much about who Tom and Brian are: their spirit, their joy, their generosity,...

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When My Daughter Saw the Music

(8) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

In 2008, my autistic daughter was five years old. Spoken language was, at best, extremely challenging for her. Back then, she communicated almost exclusively in borrowed...

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Taken for a Ride

(290) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 5:36 PM

I have a confession.


I'm not mad at Disney.

Yeah, that was it.

You see, I have a daughter on the autism spectrum and a LOT of my fellow autism community members are pretty seriously pissed off at the Disney corporation right now. And they want me to be...

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The Tooth Fairy Is an A**hole

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 4:40 PM

Look at her. So smug.

All right, listen up, people. We've all been quiet about this for long enough. It's time we call a spade a spade -- or a wand a wand as it were.

The Tooth Fairy is an asshole.

There, I said it, and ya know...

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What You're Missing

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 3:21 PM

Here I am at the pool, dangling my feet over the edge, watching. I'm here because I'm keeping a close eye on my girl, who is playing in the water, but I can't help but see your kids too. Your charmingly brutish, barrel-chested 4-year-old son, running around the pool deck,...

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A Wish for the Bride

(7) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 3:16 PM

A friend texted me back in May, just after Jason Collins made history by coming out as the first openly gay male athlete currently playing in a major U.S. professional sport. Not long after our text conversation, she would marry the woman with whom she is madly, wonderfully...

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For The Love of God, Plumb

(8) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 10:05 AM

Dear Honorable (and Other) Members the United States Congress,

I know y'all are busy, what with all that finger pointing and all, but I'd like to tell you a story. I pay your salary, so indulge me, won't you?

Years ago, when I was...

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Like Me

(168) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 12:18 PM

They've been repeated a thousand times, in a thousand different ways. The nuance doesn't matter in the end; which groups he may or may not have actually cited is immaterial, really. Martin Niemöller was a German pastor who was arrested for defying Hitler and his campaign of hate. To this...

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Cars, Guns and Other Deadly Weapons

(79) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 5:04 PM

After last Friday's horrific events, I wrote a post on my blog entitled, "Where was God?" On that post, a reader left a heartfelt and insightful comment in which she reminded us all, quite rightly, that "[we] need to build a foundation, the soil so to...

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The Biggest Hypocrisy of All

(75) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 1:50 PM

I'm really struggling to make it through these last few days before the election.

I've tried to stay quiet for fear of offending anyone. I didn't want to alienate my readers who may think differently than I do. I desperately wanted to avoid fanning the flames of division that threaten...

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(47) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 4:07 PM


A few weeks ago, John Kinnear wrote a wonderful letter on HuffPost entitled "Dear Hypothetically Gay Son." In that letter, he made it very clear that if he were to have a son, and if said son were...
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It's Time: The Story of My Rape -- 23 Years Later

(20) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 1:45 PM

I told no one.
For so many reasons, I told no one.
I knew him. Hell, I'd had a crush on him for years. Co-captain of the football team. Swoon-worthy. The talk of mid-night sleepovers with the girls.
So I told...

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To My Daughter on Her Birthday

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 5:17 PM

The following is a letter that I wrote to my daughter, Brooke, on her eighth birthday. I suppose I should tell you that Brooke is autistic, a word that doesn't so much as begin to describe her, but which, I guess, is contextually necessary.

She's nine now, and still...

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Mom, Watch This!

(6) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 12:09 PM


Brooke is on her third trip back to our table from the restaurant's tiny toy room. A pattern has emerged. She carries a giraffe figurine in one hand and two puzzle pieces in the other. The puzzle pieces fit together -- a small giraffe and a bigger...
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Words Matter

(116) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 6:16 PM

A couple of weeks ago, Jenny McCarthy headlined the Autism One conference in Lombard, Illinois. As the president of Generation Rescue, a co-sponsor of the event, and a highly recognizable public figure, Jenny has a tremendous platform from which she can do so much good for...

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Dear Time Magazine

(8) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 12:36 PM

Dear Time magazine,

I have not read your now-infamous cover article, nor am I linking to it here. Unfortunately, I think it's fair to assume that it's unnecessary anyway as my readers likely already know to what I refer.

Truthfully, I'm pretty much loathe to read it at this point.

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To Those Who Know What It Means to Be Reborn A Mother

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 11:47 AM

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.

~ Rajneesh

I knew that motherhood would change me.

Or at least I knew that it would re-order my priorities.

What I...

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