Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress…a New Way of Thinking! – Fighting for Inclusion and Acceptance

By Mary Ellen Bogucki  As July came to a close, I witnessed the launch of the “Inclusion Revolution” with the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration. I wondered that with the celebration behind us, would the momentum continue and would society step up to the challenge? The challenge is defined in the “Inclusion Revolution” pledge. The pledge states: I pledge to look for the lonely, the isolated, the left out, the challenged and the bullied. I […]

This is Why I Will Forgive

by Tulika Prasad A few days back, while I was browsing the aisles of a store, my 9 yr old son brushed against another customer. I was hoping it would not be a big deal but she had something else in mind. I said sorry and explained that my son is autistic. She was not ready for that excuse and said that if that’s the case, I shouldn’t “let him loose” and that she has been […]

8 Autism myths that I wish I could dispel

by Tulika Prasad Autism is a complex diagnosis. It’s a spectrum so it makes it all the more difficult to put it within the boundaries of a set of characteristics. As they say, every autistic individual has very unique traits and since it’s not a physical disability , sometimes autism is simply considered to be the result of bad parenting or a set of behavior anomalies that a person might have and therefore ignored or […]

Occasional Encounters with Kindness in the Midst of My War with the School District

by Maxine Rosaler I really can’t say what bewildered me more–the callousness with which the people at the school district responded to my requests for them to help my autistic son, or the occasional encounters with kindness I had along the way. My first encounter with kindness occurred during my son’s second week in kindergarten at a special needs school: The principal had called to tell me that she didn’t think the school was an […]

Should you force your child to “join in” at parties?

by Lynne Pearson  We didn’t do a lot of birthday parties for Edward when he was younger as we pretty soon got the idea that he didn’t enjoy them. At his 5th birthday party we had invited a few friends round (mainly the children of our friends). We had organised some games and  all the kids, with the exception of Edward, loved playing them. Whilst the games went on Edward was at the bottom of the […]

Stress-Reducing Vacation Tips for Families with Autism

Traveling with the whole family can be a challenge on any given day, but traveling with a special needs child can be daunting, especially since many behaviors, such as diverting the eyes and avoiding touch can be misinterpreted or misunderstood by airline crew or security agents. With summer break just around the corner, many families simply avoid air travel for fear that a situation could unravel fast. Traveling with a child with autism is possible, […]

Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress…a New Way of Thinking! #InclusionRevolution

By Mary Ellen Bogucki Recently, my daughter Bree competed in the Special Olympics Illinois Summer State Games. Bree has been a Special Olympics athlete for 12 years. This year’s Summer Games were bittersweet for us, because Bree will be attending college in another state in the fall and will be unable to complete in Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games for a few years. The decision to have her go to Tennessee Wesleyan University was not […]

Space Center Houston Now a Certified Autism Center

HOUSTON, June 25, 2018 – Space Center Houston strives to ensure that the nonprofit is a an accessible and accepting destination. That essential work has been recognized by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. The science and space exploration learning center is the first of its kind to be designated as a Certified Autism Center by the IBCCES. “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is for everyone,” said William T. Harris, the […]

A walk I would take again…

by Gina Rice There I was, at the young age of 22, giving birth to a very sick baby, too young to be dealt a hand as such, in my opinion. My husband and I had been married for two years and beyond excited to welcome our new bundle of joy into the world. Standing next to my bed, listening to a doctor explain the problems our bundle of joy would face at just a few […]

To that person who said my kid doesn’t look autistic

by  Amala Mani  To that person who said my kid doesn’t looks Autistic – The tantrum he throws and the odd and attractive way he behaves is not because of my poor parenting. It is because of his trouble in sensory processing. It is because he cannot accept changes in the environment so easily. When you spend a couple of hours with him, you see him like a non-autistic kid. That is because sometimes he looks […]