Autistic Wandering Is No Joke

Autistic Wandering Is No Joke

Every year, almost half of all children with autism attempt to escape, or elope, from a safe environment. Too many of them never make it home. Today, April 1, 2014, we pause to remember those we have lost to wandering. From the Facebook event description: "This event is a virtual candlelight vigil to remember and respect the lives of autistic children who have died after an elopement. The Kennedy Krieger Institute reported in a 2011 study that up...

Extreme Air Park - Hostility, Greed, And Autism

Extreme Air Park – Hostility, Greed, And Autism

We in the autism community are, sadly, used to hearing about maligned special needs parents and children. It's become an all-too-common topic in the news and blogs lately. While most of us know or are familiar with some affected persons, it's rare (at least for me) to have a situation happen right in your own backyard. Or down the street, in my case. We live in British Columbia, just South of Vancouver. From what I've experienced...

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My Friend’s Child Has Autism – What Should I Do?

Among family and those I consider close friends (people I have real, off-the-computer relationships with), over thirty of their children are either on the autism spectrum, or are suspected of being on it. In the last month alone, two friends of mine have had a child diagnosed with autism. Autism is everywhere, and that’s ok. Learning a child actually has autism, however, can be quite a shock. We suspected Jack had at least a sensory processing...

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Autism In The News: Finally Something To Smile About

I’ve been an autism blogger for a good bit of time now (my site, Autism is A Trip will be four years old this March), and I’ve seen many different kinds of posts. I’ve seen the rants and anger (and have been a part of those once or twice… or four or five times), I’ve seen sadness, hilarity, and love. Too often, though, when we see autism in the news, it’s in the form of...

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But He Doesn’t Look Autistic

Nowadays everyone seems to be aware of autism in some form or another. Autism is on the news, in entertainment, on the internet. Autism is pretty visible. Visible does not, however, equal understanding. As much as people are aware of autism, most are still in the dark as to what autism entails. So much so that when I tell people my son has autism, they are often confused. You see, my son looks "normal." They say he doesn't...

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Autism Speaks Leaves Me Speechless

AWhen my son was three years old, he was formally diagnosed with autism. Not much happened as a result, other than ensuring his therapies would continue and not be cut off as he aged out of Early Intervention. That little abbreviation on his paperwork, “aut”, was the key to the intervention kingdom. Jack was still the active, vibrant, loving kid he had always been. Giving him a label didn’t change that. In fact, we thought...

Murder, Suicide And Autism - Oh, The Humanity!

Murder, Suicide And Autism – Oh, The Humanity!

I need to talk about something. I've been struggling with it for a few weeks, trying to find the right words. Me, who is usually the first, and quite often the loudest. I just didn't know what to say. It all started with The Letter. You know the one, sent to Max Begley's family by a "neighbor" who wished him dead. That's not an exaggeration. This person suggested the world might be a better place if the...

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Is “Autistic” The New “Retarded”?

Imagine you're sitting in a classroom on the first day of school. You are anxious about the coursework, you're worried about your grades, and you're concerned you won't be able to balance your school life and home life equally. You are the parent of a small child with severe autism. Oh, and you also have Asperger's. Now imagine the professor strides into the room and begins discussing what will take place over the next term: outlining...

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Guess What? I Have Autism!

"Hi! I'm Jack. I have autism." Yup, we did it. We told Jack he has autism (even though some folks didn't think it was a good idea). We've never hidden it from him, but we've never addressed it directly. We wanted to have that discussion when he was old enough to be able to understand the gravity of it all. At least a little. My husband David and I discussed it for months in advance, tried to...

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Autism: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

I am very fortunate to have a vocal readership. I receive a lot of comments, messages, and emails via my Facebook page, my redOrbit blog column, and on my website proper. Some are of the "me, too!" variety, many are requesting advice, others are just autism parents reaching out to an understanding ear. Then there are the rest. The criticisms, the angry voices opposed to what I'm saying, the ones I'm just not sure about....