Category Archives: Shame

Autism Awareness… Let’s spread understanding

At barely 14, H is already sensitive to what others are saying about autism and he often feels uneasy and personally threatened by representations of autism in the media that are framed as tragedy and epidemic. I have previously written … Continue reading

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To the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Autism and Reframing Tragedy

Dear Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, I will begin with the words of my son, H: “I am not a tragedy and autism is a part of who I am. Mom – autism means I think differently… and that … Continue reading

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Adding the I to IEP: H is at the table

There was another first for our 13-year-old this week. We worked with the wonderful team at H’s Distributed Learning School to update his Individual Education Plan (IEP) and for the first time ever H was there to take part. He … Continue reading

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Autism Self-Advocacy – 13 year old style

H is 13… in some ways he is still so young… but I see him changing and developing in many areas.  I also see that adulthood is looming, and I understand that this next stage is, in some ways, much … Continue reading

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30 Days of Autism to ‘I Wish I Didn’t Have Aspergers': a letter to my son #AutismPositivity2012

To ‘I Wish I Didn’t Have Aspergers/Autism': A letter to my son I have written three posts over the past few days… none of them this one. I have worried about saying the wrong thing, offering useless platitudes, or trite … Continue reading

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Autism Positivity… and the motivation to reframe “tragedy”

I will begin with the words of my son, H: “I am not a tragedy and autism is a part of who I am. Mom – autism means I think differently… and that is a good thing. Isn’t it?!?” I … Continue reading

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