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What I miss most about my mom

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Autism, disabilities, and talking about sex and sexuality

Did I get your attention?

If you are the parent of a child/teen/adult with a developmental disability, you probably:

a)  Cringe at the thought of trying to explain things in a comprehensible way

b) Wonder if sex will ever be an issue (Spoiler alert. It will.)

c)  Worry about your child’s safety

d) Wish there was more information and research on all of the above.

I interviewed Leonard Magnani, MD, PhD, an expert in the field of educating individuals with disabilities about sexuality a few years back when I was profiling speakers for UCSF’s Annual Developmental Disability Conference. It was one heck of a great interview, so I am repeating today.


How to Succeed at Inclusion

Special Education FAQ: 

“My son, who has autism, just started school. He was supposed to be in an inclusion class, but they moved him after 3 days because he kept trying to leave. I guess he’s happy in his small special-day class, but I don’t want to give up on inclusion. Any suggestions?”

Answer: I’m turning this one over to my friend Russ Ewell,   the CEO of Digital Scribbler, and Founder of E-Soccer. Russ is also Founder of Hope Technology Group. 


“Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.”?-Robert F. Kennedy, In The Pursuit of Justice


A brief history of motherhood, autism style

25 things about autism mothering, from the archives.

(updated to reflect my current reality)


1) My husband and I planned on having our first child after two years of marriage.Matthew beat us by 2 months.

First baby -- best day ever.

First baby — best day ever.

2) I took Matthew on a job interview when he was eight weeks old because I couldn’t bear to leave him with a babysitter.

3) The first person that told me that Matthew, then three, was developmentally delayed was a speech therapist. She was also the first person who didn’t mention how adorable he was.

Dreamy Matthew, age one

Dreamy Matthew, age one