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The “R” Word

In recent years, the "R-Word" has been replaced with the world "Intellectual Disability", and a campaign to raise awareness followed. Read more here. "Oh, for goodness sakes," I've heard people … Read full article

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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.

2) I took Matthew on a job interview when he was eight weeks old because I couldn’t bear to leave him […]


You know it’s really love when…

I tiptoed into the kitchen a little after 6am to grab a quick breakfast before waking Matthew.  He’d been home for a week long summer break, and would be heading back to Camphill California near Santa Cruz, where he lives and works.
“I’m ready,” Matthew said, and I jumped. He was fully dressed and shaved, a […]

Plaid on plaid on plaid

Autism FAQ: Which battles are not worth fighting?

“I’m ready,” called Matthew from his room, just as our family was getting ready to leave for a “fancy” family celebration. He emerged proudly, wearing garden boots, a nice pair of pants, it’s top button strained by three plaid shirts (one thick flannel) layered and tucked in.
This look was not going to work, but Matthew […]