Monday, September 30, 2013

an unlikely autism advocate: actress daryl hannah.

Like many people, I was shocked when I learned that Daryl Hannah had been diagnosed with autism as a child. It was hard for me to believe that this gorgeous, successful actress had kept this secret for 52 years. As a mother of a 7-year-old with autism, I was stunned -- but that surprise turned into embarrassment when I considered how hard I've fought to educate people that we shouldn't limit our expectations of what autistic people can achieve.

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Saturday, September 07, 2013

clever carter: a way to introduce your autistic child to his classmates.

Every year as September rolls around, parents of children with autism get anxious about how their child will handle the transition back into school. Will you have a teacher who is willing to work with you? Will the appropriate level of support be provided for your child? Will the kids be understanding and inclusive? It’s a lot to process and that’s without taking into consideration the stress that your child will be under dealing with the big change from a summer schedule to heading back to school.

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