An Open Letter to Autism Speaks

November 17, 2013

[note: This is in response to the recent statement issued by Autism Speaks.] Dear Autism Speaks: My child is not missing. He is right here. I just put him to bed a few minutes ago. Nighttime is one of our most precious times together. I sing his favorite songs and say our ‘nighttime words’. Some […]

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Caring for Your Older Autistic Sibling

October 18, 2013

I realize I haven’t talked a lot about our younger son, who we call Dale Jr. here. He’s now 4 1/2 years old and is exceptionally bright and observant for his age. He misses almost nothing, and is routinely telling us about all the new insights he comes to. Not a day goes by that […]

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I Am Disabled

October 9, 2013

I am disabled. There. I said it. And today is my 40th birthday. And I’m coming out of hiding so that something good can come of this. As you may have noticed, I have been absent for several months from blogging. I have popped up occasionally on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but mostly I’ve been […]

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My Story of Migraines, Autism Parenting, and Personal Responsibility

March 19, 2013

This is the story of how I let my body fall apart. This isn’t quite yet the story of what I’m ultimately going to do about it, but that story is coming. Today is also Diagnosis Day, the fifth anniversary of the day our J-Man was diagnosed as autistic. It’s often a day of many […]

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A Prayer of St. Francis for Autism – Reposted

March 13, 2013

I am not a Catholic, but I decided to observe the election of Pope Francis and his surprise choice of papal name by reposting the Prayer of St. Francis for Autism I wrote a couple of years ago. St. Francis of Assisi is one whose example and words of compassion, strength, encouragement, resolve, and hope […]

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