Traveling with Autism is getting harder, not easier. Why?

Dear Phoenix, It is not uncommon to see public spaces with accommodations of various types.  Restaurants have high chairs for little ones who can’t reach the tables quite yet.  Shopping malls have strollers for children and wheelchairs for elderly who find it difficult to walk the entire mall.  Even in states with public smoking restrictions, […]

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Enough About Salad

Dear Phoenix, There seems to be this odd competitiveness among humans to be both better and worse than the other.  The self-help sections of bookstores have grown exponentially in the past decade as Who Moved My Cheese disciples sell their success strategies to otherwise mediocre people.  Self-diagnosing tests have created a Psychology section of books […]

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The Tiny Rowboat

Coexisting with my neurological roommate, autism. While traveling with friends this past week, I got to visit a lakeside park in Toronto.  We walked down a gravel path and onto a small beach that was nestled into a sheer rock cliff. The clean, crisp strength of the rock gently draws the eyes around the cove, […]

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Inside a Meltdown with Autism.

I had a meltdown today.  This is what it is like for me. We often put autism on parade through television and social media, as we portray the meltdown as uncontrollable violent outbursts that endanger everyone around them.  Meltdowns happen to just about every autistic person, and is the term used to describe any kind of […]

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Boycotting Autism Speaks is not enough.

I am Laura Nadine, entrepreneur, single mother of two children, and I am autistic.  Autism has made it into the news quite a bit over the past decade, and most recently under the hashtag #BoycottAutismSpeaks.  Despite the seemingly sudden growth of Boycott Autism Speaks, this fight is not new. Back in May of 2013, I […]

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Struggling to Understand an Over-Politicized Nation

I do not usually talk about politics, but I find myself in a precarious position today. Many issues we face as humans have somehow become political, when they are ethical, personal, or simply in regard to human survival. I believe these issues are; the arts, the environment, education, and health. We as a society seem […]

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Repair, Realign, Restructure – The Three R’s of Special Needs Education

I just finished reading a remarkable post by the author John Elder Robison, Early Intervention or Not.  How Do We Decide? .  I had an opportunity to perform at The International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), the same conference Mr. Robison attended, and converse with a few professionals during the opening banquet. His insightful post brought me back […]

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