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Autistic Wandering Is No Joke

Apr 01, 14 Autistic Wandering Is No Joke

Posted by in Autism Is A Trip, Mental Health

Every year, almost half of all children with autism attempt to escape, or elope, from a safe environment. Too many of them never make it home. Today, April 1, 2014, we pause to remember those we have lost to wandering.

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Extreme Air Park – Hostility, Greed, And Autism

Mar 03, 14 Extreme Air Park – Hostility, Greed, And Autism

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A special needs mom tried to enlighten a local indoor play park on the benefits of giving caregivers reduced or free admission. They responded with open hostility and derision. It's time for a little autism awareness and a lesson in public relations, don't you think?

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My Friend’s Child Has Autism – What Should I Do?

Jan 18, 14 My Friend’s Child Has Autism – What Should I Do?

Posted by in Autism Is A Trip, Mental Health

Parents of newly-diagnosed autistics are often overwhelmed with good intentions, and they’re not always helpful. Some actually hurt.

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Autism In The News: Finally Something To Smile About

Jan 16, 14 Autism In The News: Finally Something To Smile About

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In a wonderful change of events, a beautiful story about autism has gone viral - thanks to the “Daddy in Seat 16C.”

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But He Doesn’t Look Autistic

Jan 04, 14 But He Doesn’t Look Autistic

Posted by in Autism Is A Trip, Mental Health

Nowadays everyone seems to be aware of autism in some form or another. Autism is on the news, in entertainment, on the internet. Autism is pretty visible. Visible does not, however, equal understanding.

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Autism Speaks Leaves Me Speechless

Nov 21, 13 Autism Speaks Leaves Me Speechless

Posted by in Autism Is A Trip, Mental Health

Autism Speaks wants you to believe that autism is a horrible, terrible thing. My child wants you to know it is not.

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Murder, Suicide And Autism – Oh, The Humanity!

Sep 16, 13 Murder, Suicide And Autism – Oh, The Humanity!

Posted by in Autism Is A Trip, Mental Health

There’s a disturbing trend happening where it seems to be ok to tell parents to keep their autistic children out of the public eye. It should be no shock then, that some have turned to murder and suicide.”

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Is “Autistic” The New “Retarded”?

Aug 28, 13 Is “Autistic” The New “Retarded”?

Posted by in Autism Is A Trip, Mental Health

Imagine you're sitting in a classroom on the first day of school. You are anxious about the coursework, you're worried about your grades, and you're concerned you won't be able to balance your school life and home life equally. You are the parent of a small child with severe autism.

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Guess What? I Have Autism!

Aug 15, 13 Guess What? I Have Autism!

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"Hi! I'm Jack. I have autism." Yup, we did it. We told Jack he has autism (even though some folks didn't think it was a good idea).

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Autism: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

Aug 07, 13 Autism: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

Posted by in Autism Is A Trip, Mental Health

I receive a lot of comments, messages, and emails. Some are of the "me, too!" variety, many are requesting advice, others are just autism parents reaching out to an understanding ear. Then there are the rest. The criticisms, the angry voices opposed to what I'm saying, the ones I'm just not sure about. The ones that make me shake my head and say "wtf?"

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