Category Archives: autismacceptance

Autism Acceptance and Beyond

Autism Awareness month is right around the corner. What does it mean to you? The road to acceptance routinely starts with some level of denial. Our biggest problem is that we don’t want any problems, and we think we would … Continue reading

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Fathers are Stepping Up Around the World: and Raising Children with Autism

According to a new 2017 global survey, men are taking “greater responsibility for the home and childcare” than previously in both emerging and developed economies as reported by Reuters. In 2013, the CDC reported a nationally representative survey which found that … Continue reading

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“Love doesn’t keep score. Siblings do.”

  400 people seemed to nod in agreement when Caroline McGraw used these words to describe some of her difficulties growing up with a younger brother who has autism. Few among us would deny this truth of family life-whether there … Continue reading

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How autism teaches us about being human

On April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, I gave a TEDx talk at Arcadia University on the theme of “The Big Idea.” My title was “How autism teaches us about being human.” Looking forward to this day, I had written, … Continue reading

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Fathers Talking about Post-Traumatic Growth

There was more than enough suffering to go around. For the most part, the shock and awe of the original diagnosis had worn off as 49 fathers of special needs children shared their stories at the annual conference of the … Continue reading

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A Magical Connection

While catching up on my reading, I found a real gem: Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Ron Suskind. I had heard and read about it, but the original motivated me to write about this family’s story and the wisdom … Continue reading

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Autism Awareness Isn’t Enough

Awareness is not enough. Every child on the autism spectrum has strengths and challenges and is a special part of the human family.  With awareness come responsibilities and possibilities. On Sunday, April 13, the “Guy Talk” panel at www.autismbrainstorm.org discussed what acceptance means … Continue reading

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