Navigating Life with the Autistic Adult Child

When I remember back to my son's early days, from toddler to high school student, it was tough. By tough, I mean "spending the night in the hospital waiting for your child to get a bed at a psychiatric facility tough" or "standing at the door, sobbing, hoping the police will not use the taser… Continue reading Navigating Life with the Autistic Adult Child

When the School Does Nothing: Pulling your Bullied Child out of School

Forget the sobering fact that our first lady has done absolutely nothing to address her promise to make bullying her cause during her time in office. (I wrote her and wasn't even acknowledged; not surprised.) However, you can't ignore the hard to read headlines that come our way far too often about children who have… Continue reading When the School Does Nothing: Pulling your Bullied Child out of School

Mental Health Stigmas and the Powerful People who Allow It to Continue

Now, before you go thinking...oh gawd, please don't let this be a political post, rest assured it's not. There is an undertone that must be addressed regarding disabilities and funding at the very least, but to be honest, it's never really mattered who was "in power" when funding for disabilities was in question. As a society,… Continue reading Mental Health Stigmas and the Powerful People who Allow It to Continue

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (oh and a taxi, a cruise ship and a few shuttle buses)

There is something about traveling that takes it all out of you. The destination is the prize, but the journey there can be anything but relaxing. My first vacation this year was a lovely solo trip to the Caribbean this Spring. This time, I decided to treat my kids to the same vacation. When I… Continue reading Planes, Trains and Automobiles (oh and a taxi, a cruise ship and a few shuttle buses)

Both Sides of the Story, I Think

  Every once in a while, I get the opportunity to view the parenting of an autistic child from another perspective. It is always interesting to me to watch and observe, and I inevitably compare their parenting style with mine. I think parents do that whether their child has any disabilities or not. This morning,… Continue reading Both Sides of the Story, I Think

The Cost of a “Free” and Appropriate Education

Back in 1973, under section 504 of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, a new world was formed for students with all types of disabilities. It is specifically defined as, "Under Section 504, FAPE is defined as “the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet individual needs… Continue reading The Cost of a “Free” and Appropriate Education

Attempting to Plan for Vacation when you have a Child(ren) with Autism with only Minor Chaos and Confusion

Unlike the ubiquitous "Winter is Coming", for many, summer vacation is a time of relaxation, fun and an opportunity to enjoy all that the season offers. For parents of children on the autism spectrum, summer can come with many challenges. Children often find transitions of any kind to be extremely difficult, leaving a parent confused,… Continue reading Attempting to Plan for Vacation when you have a Child(ren) with Autism with only Minor Chaos and Confusion

The Inconvenience of Interacting with Ignorant and Inconsiderate Individuals

Whether you are a teenager, a CEO or a seasoned parent, finding out that a person or persons have spoken behind your back in a negative way can be hurtful. There's nothing wrong with being angry, feeling sad or otherwise betrayed when you learn this information. What you do with this knowledge and how you… Continue reading The Inconvenience of Interacting with Ignorant and Inconsiderate Individuals

Taking on what Appears to be an Insurmountable Challenge: Autistic Adults in the Workplace

Autism is one of the most diagnosed mental health conditions, skyrocketing over the past few decades. Many are asking why. There are the misinformed who mistakenly believe that a now redacted, shameful attempt at connecting Autism with vaccinations was fact. Some still actually believe there is thimerisol (mercury) in vaccines. That was removed many years… Continue reading Taking on what Appears to be an Insurmountable Challenge: Autistic Adults in the Workplace

Workplace Discrimination and the Autistic Adult

    Just when you think that you've reached a point when you can relax and enjoy watching your adult child with autism spread their wings and be successful with employment...you get smacked with workplace discrimination. I don't have the numbers for how many young adults with Autism are leaving school and entering adulthood. I'm… Continue reading Workplace Discrimination and the Autistic Adult