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This is what progress, with autism, looks like

My husband and I raised our family in Lafayette, California, about 30 miles east of San Francisco, where a popular Art and Wine Festival is held each Fall. For people who don’t mind crowds, chaos, loud (but great) music and hot weather, the Art and Wine Festival is a lot of fun–great food, wine, beer and hundreds of booths spilling with art and hand-made crafts.

Would you consider this sensory overload?

Would you consider this sensory overload?

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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