“Superstar Dads”| Changing the World

Anyone can be a Father, but only someone special can be a Dad. (anon.) “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” (Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, 1961.) What is a Father’s “unconditional love”? Many...

St. Nick and the Batman socks

St. Nick and the Batman Socks photo credit: frannie60 In Christmas 1981, Cincinnati Public Schools was involved in two class-action lawsuits. Our family was caught up in both of them. The first concerned the right of Aaron, our then seven year old son, who had an IQ...

Smokey the Bear, Aaron, and a joke

Smokey the Bear and Aaron This year, Smokey the Bear celebrates his 65th birthday. Last weekend, as our family was trying to keep our house available to prospective buyers, we took a road-trip to Clifty Falls State Park in Indiana. (click here for related post)...

A Mother’s Hopes for her Sons

Summer Activities| A Mother’s Hope for Her Sons with and without disabilities NOTE: This is when Tommy was 13 and Aaron 14 years old. Is summer different for kids with and without disabilities? This summer Tommy, my 13 year old son, … • Went to 2 weeks of Boy Scout...

Building Community: one grocery trip at a time

photo credit: crimsong19 Building Community: One Grocery Trip at a Time With Aaron, my son with the label of autism, every trip to the grocery is an adventure. Before we go, I usually do an ecological assessment (click here) and use some of the skills Aaron learned in...