Content note for filicide and violence against people with disabilities. If I have to read about one more parent who says that they wish their child was dead, I will scream. Straight up, I have read "I wish I could kill my child" and "I would rather my kid just be dead already than have … Continue reading Anger
Content note for child death. This is a hard one. I haven't been active on here for a while. Classes have been long, my health has been acting up, but something else has made it even harder. I've mentioned before about my brothers. My eleven year old hobbit, and my seven year old cabbage. Both … Continue reading In Memory
This past Saturday, I presented at the 2nd Annual Southeast Adult Autism Symposium! It was a very fun experience, and I met lots of interesting people. As always, I try to upload the presentation information online. I know it's difficult for some people to attend these events, whether it's due to cost, distance, or other … Continue reading Executive Functioning and Independent Living
If you've ever attended an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, you know how stressful they can be. I remember attending my own IEP meetings as a child, as well as looking over my brother's to check for mistakes. As part of my degree courses, I took a class this past semester on how to create … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to the IEP
Finally: a short post! If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll notice that the website has been a little bit redesigned. I'm hoping this design might be a bit more accessible, but I'm still working out a few issues. If you have any suggestions or accessibility concerns, please let me know!
The other day, someone said to me "it's so inspiring that you're overcoming your autism!" Not surprisingly, I hear this one a lot. "Overcoming" autism. "Despite" the autism. "Fighting" autism. "Don't forget; you're a person with autism." It's something that always throws me off, really. It's as if autism is supposed to be a roommate - you know, the … Continue reading No, I’m Not “Overcoming” Autism
This past Saturday, I was given the opportunity to speak at the Autism Society of East Tennessee's Autism Educational Conference. I felt a bit out of place (most of the people there were neurotypical), but that's okay. My topic that I presented on was the management and prevention of meltdowns, as well as how to … Continue reading Managing and Preventing Meltdowns