Tagged with autism community

hot potato

{image is a photo of Brooke, standing on her tiptoes, trying to look over our back fence} Last weekend, a comment showed up on Diary’s “About” page: I have been hoping that one day someone with some following would write about the things that tend to divide the autism community. Honestly I think you’re the one. … Continue reading


  I wrote this back in January but chickened out of posting it. This morning, while trolling through a couple of the 147 drafts in my Pending Posts folder (yes, seriously), I came across it and decided to give it some air. We talk a lot about presuming competence (which is absolutely, positively vital), but … 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

i love being my own autistic self

~ * So I’ve had a bit of a problem. You see, my friend, Landon Bryce, the author of ThAutcast and its wildly popular accompanying Facebook page, wrote a little book. I call it ‘little’ only because it’s short – and a very quick read. But believe me when I tell you, that it’s actually … Continue reading

walking away

– My greatest hope is that the discourse on this blog and its accompanying Facebook page can serve as examples of environments in which compassion, understanding and mutual respect are paramount. That said, I publish nearly all comments, but there are rare exceptions.    I have long been frustrated and deeply saddened by the chasms … Continue reading


@diaryofamom jess My kingdom to give various iterations of autism their own names. The spectrum is absurdly broad. #Autism is one word but there is no one autism. . ~ Twitter yesterday, 5pm. * “There isn’t AN autism. There are autisms.” ~ Geri Dawson, Autism Speaks Chief Science officer, June 2011 (full post HERE) * … Continue reading

the other veterans

* * Last week, our nation paused to give thanks to our *military veterans*. As I read about all of the wonderful events that day, I began to envision a different kind of gathering. This was not the kind of event to take place on the National Mall or on the White House lawn. There would … Continue reading