As an autism mom and former cancer caregiver, there have been long stretches of time when the only medical professionals I saw were those I took my son or late husband to see.
As much as I sometimes want to, we don't pin a sign to Mareto's shirt explaining his autism. So other people, particularly strangers, give us a lot of attention in the form of staring, dirty looks, snide under-the-breath comments and just overall judgment.
Dear Oakley, Why should you be allowed in public and in schools? What if my child is allergic to you? What then? Are Kate's needs more important than my child's needs?
What does a 42-year-old mother of four do when she loses her job and ends up in a homeless shelter? Not to mention that her youngest daughter has spec...
You'll see love that's bigger than you are. Life will be different than you imagined. But ya know what? It's going to be just fine.
If I am going to be spending cozy winter evenings snuggling with my girl, then I would like to be as warm and fashionable as I can be. Like I said, I am a proper gentleman, and when my service dog vest is off, I would prefer to maintain my modesty with a finely made housecoat and slippers.
Here's a great example of how sports can enhance the lives of everyone participating.
I'm an autism mom and while there are many ways it is beyond amazing at my house, there are a few ways it can be rough, too. I'm feeling pretty strongly that I deserve a big, fat diamond.
What a different world it could have been if we were able to heed the Pope's call to action before tragedies like Newtown and stop isolating and discriminating against those who have all types of brain differences.
Have you ever wondered how you got to a certain point in your life and what event, idea, or person may have led you down the path you now follow? My introduction into the world of autism was entirely unexpected and unplanned.
When I let go of worry about my future with cancer, and focused on healing in the present moment, this also brought peace. Finally, the lesson I longed for was made clear to me by a little boy: the secret to well-being lies in being present!
Two years ago I decided I would throw every ounce of energy I had into preparing the world for Kate, my little girl who had recently been diagnosed with autism. In doing so, I have neglected myself in many ways. The most humiliating of which has been my 81 pound weight gain.
So Jerry Seinfeld says he has autistic tendencies. Can we use this a stepping stone to broaden the conversation to how autism affects so many people? How there is such a range to the diagnosis. Can we stop fixating on how someone doesn't fit your prejudiced idea of what autism is?
I had a head injury at age fifteen on my way home from qualifying to sail to Canada to plan some real estate development for the church to which I bel...
We know that early education creates a foundation. We know exposure to words, language and literacy provides a ladder to boost children with extra challenges to the starting line in kindergarten.
When people posit or perpetuate some of these ideas about what causes autism, it hurts our community irreparably.