Tagged with autism awareness

to the students of my alma mater – thank you

to the students of my alma mater – thank you

Editor’s note: Lest you think that Diary is becoming the home of the open letter, this one was written by request. My dear friend, Emma (of the fabulous blog, Lemon Peel), wrote to ask for my help. A fellow Smith Alumna, she remains in contact with the Smith Disability Alliance, who have been grappling with this … Continue reading

autism respect month

autism respect month

April is coming. We all know what that means. A whole lot of talk about autism. Some of it constructive. A lot of it really damn DEstructive. My dear friend, M, who is autistic, recently wrote: One of the most common complaints I hear from parents with children on the spectrum is that, when they … Continue reading

wear the change

wear the change

– A couple of weeks ago, Katie came to me with a question. “Mama,” she asked, “now that we don’t feel like we can support Autism Speaks anymore, what can I wear to school for Autism Awareness Day?” While I know the question of what to wear may seem silly to some, we take our autistic pride … Continue reading

beyond tolerance

beyond tolerance

– There was a time that I thought that tolerance was the goal. I used the word freely. “Awareness,” I would say in the first speech I ever gave, “leads to tolerance.” And then I began to understand that no one in this life is looking to be “tolerated.” Because, you see, to tolerate means … Continue reading

i tried

~ Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. ~ Michael Corleone * Note: What follows is drenched in sarcasm … * So there I was yesterday, perfectly happy being miserable. Taking a day to indulge in a good wallow in the futility of it all, spoon poised above the bowl, … Continue reading

too much

a gratuitous shot of my girl making a wish over her birthday cake this weekend  and within it, a photo of the same, taken from a different perspective I have too much to say this morning. There’s too much input. Too much to process. Too much out there that cries out for examination, analysis and … Continue reading

autism awarenessacceptanceaction day

Awareness * Yesterday, a pretty neat thing happened. I got word that I’d been named by Sharecare as one of their top ten *Social Health Makers*, described on the site as ‘the most influential people in health and wellness on the Web, literally driving “conversations on the leading edge.”‘ Following the announcement, I received rapid-fire … Continue reading

thoughtful, not scrubbed

* Said the following to a fellow autism Mama earlier today. Thought perhaps she might not be the only one who needed to hear it. “Stay strong, Mama. As positive as we want to be, it’s ok once in a while to say that it’s hard.” #Love ~ Diary’s Facebook Status, Sunday – I talk … Continue reading

changing lives

– As my friend Maya Angelou often tells me, “When you know better, you do better.” ~ Oprah Winfrey * Awareness changes lives. Period. What you are about to see is what we live. We’ve endured the sneers. We’ve gratefully accepted the support. It’s a simple formula. The more we teach, the more people know. The more … Continue reading