Autism Awareness Day| Direct Action is Better

April is Autism Awareness month. The United Nations General Assembly even designates a World Autism Awareness Day. World Autism Awareness | Gone Amuck For the last week, I’ve been following the comment streams on Twitter (#Autism, #ASD, #WAAD…) and other...

Halloween Fun, Plus

Are they adorable, or what? Aaron and Tommy always loved Halloween. Me too. The holiday is such a great way to build an inclusive community. There were some segregated, handicap only Halloween parties for just kids with autism and developmental disabilities, but I...

Better than 1000 words: our Fall escape to Indiana

Aaron, Tom and I made our get-away-from-moving trip was to Clifty Falls State Park in Indiana. The weather was perfect, the ride up the Ohio was perfect, Aaron was perfect. Whew! When your child has a severe disability and doesn’t talk with words, you look for...

Supportive Living: What an inclusive day looks like.

A Good Day! As the number of adults with autism and developmental disabilities rise, many professionals and parents ask me what I am looking for? Will I ever be satisfied? Is it just a pipedream or can we really build an inclusive community around a person with severe...

Dream Plan for Aaron: 2016 (Part 4)

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn I will soon be celebrating my 66th Birthday. I used to think 66 was old. Now I just think 66 is experienced with...

Building Community: Wheelchair Becky vs. Flat Stanley

Clueless Barbie Some of the major stores are already advertising their holiday toy sales. This made me think of Barbie and her friends. Some say the Barbie doll was the most influential icon of late 20th century American culture. In fact, she rated no. 43 on the 101...