Tagged with autistic

neurology as identity, not accessory

neurology as identity, not accessory

{image is a photo of a man reaching for his suitcase. Text reads, “If I’m on a flight and the airline loses my luggage, I don’t arrive without my autism. – Ari Ne’eman”} – As most of you know, I have chosen, unless and until Brooke directs me otherwise, to follow the Autistic community’s lead … Continue reading

the school to prison express

the school to prison express

{Image is a photo of  young child in handcuffs. Read the story it came from here.} The headline of the article read, “Judge Finds Lynchburg Middle Schooler with Autism Guilty on Criminal Charges.” In the body of the article was the following .. Doss told PRI that Kayleb was instructed that day to wait – while … Continue reading

care and handling

care and handling

Yesterday, I posted the following on Facebook: Three years ago when Brooke needed to have a couple of baby teeth pulled, we were told (and agreed) that the only way to do that would be in a hospital, under general anesthesia. That was what we did. Last month, we were told that she needed to … Continue reading

online privacy – part a million

online privacy – part a million

{Image is a photo of a single type-written word. Privacy.} Last night, I found myself in a long conversation on Diary’s Facebook page about what it means to me to be the guardian of my daughters’ privacy. And as much as I’d like to channel Ilsa and let it go, I can’t. Because this is big … Continue reading

different roads to success

different roads to success

{image is a photo of Brooke standing on Luau’s shoulders on the beach in Newport, RI. She looks as though she is flying. Photo courtesy of Connerton Photography’s magic lens. All rights reserved.} – During the talk, Dr Draper asked a ten year-old girl to come to the stage. She asked her her name. The girl … Continue reading

autism, puberty and respect – part two

autism, puberty and respect – part two

Image is a photo of a tree. ‘Cause nature.  Many of you have asked me to write about how we are handling puberty with Brooke. Autism, Puberty and Respect (Part One) was about why I won’t. Some time ago, Brooke’s older sister, Katie and I came to an agreement about what I would write about her … Continue reading

#istandwithconner

#istandwithconner

{Image is a photo of Katie, Conner, and Brooke together at Disney World in May. Conner is wearing his Mickey Ears.} By now, most of you know my friend, Conner. Conner is the kind of friend that we all pray to have someday. And the kind of person that we all hope to be. He is … Continue reading

her S

her S

{Image is a photo of Brooke in our friend’s pool on Monday afternoon, just moments before the following conversation took place.}  “When I was a baby, did you make me austistic?” “No, sweetheart, God did that.” “Why did God make me austistic?” “I don’t know, love. He just did. I guess He knew that autism … Continue reading