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A decade ago, we had a fourteen year old, a two year old and a newborn. Rick was still at the State School as direct care staff and I was a stay at home mom. I homeschooled Bobby, who still couldn't read. This would change drastically over the next year, something I never could have predicted. I gardened extensively, spending much of my spare time out in the garden. Looking back:October 2003The next year, 2004, things continued on the same trajectory. In the fall that year, I graded […]
The dream I was pulled from this morning lingered all day, lingers still. It had me pulling out yearbooks and examining pictures, remembering.On rare occasions, I am graced with a brain that chooses to insert those I've lost into my dreams for a visit, and last night, I dreamed I was visiting with one of the most important teachers and people in my life. Tomorrow marks the thirtieth anniversary of his death.I was beyond lucky to have Mr. Roberts as a math teacher in junior high. He was more […]
Early mornings sitting in my recliner with the heated throw wrapped around my legs and hips, with the back massager going full force, the vibrating sounds making me all but deaf...my fingers swollen and painful--this is my reality. Others pour me coffee and boy, we make sure I never drink out of a regular glass or cup with no lid. I already dump the spill proof cup several times a week, leaving interesting stains across the carpet, the chair, the bed linen, sometimes the books that pile up […]
Suzanne Wright's recent column about three million missing kids (you know, autism) certainly energized the autism community into speaking up about what autism is.And the reality is that autism doesn't look the same, not even in families where multiple members are on the spectrum. My three, for all that they have in common, also have much that is different.The good part of all this heated writing going on is that we're talking about autism and what it means in our lives. The bad might be that […]
Suzanne Wright, on behalf of my three wonderful, vibrant autistic children, I salute you with my middle finger. How dare you suggest that my family is not "living"?Each day across this country, those three million moms, dads and other care-takers I mentioned wake to the sounds of their son or daughter bounding through the house. That is - if they aren’t already awake. Truth be told, many of them barely sleep—or when they do – they somehow sleep with one ear towards their […]
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