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On the spectrum
Frequently, the feeling I struggle with is that I am living two lives—one for me and one for Nat.
Even before his affinity with technology began, I worried about little Ben's seeming lack of compassion, and the way he angered so easily.
It’s the basics—like getting staff to use visual supports, understand a sensory diet, engage residents in household tasks, opportunities to be self-employed—that are missing.
I knew just how out-of-control Nat can seem, though he does know how to calm down. But profound anxiety, so frequently autism's dark partner, sweeps over him like a forest fire.
We do what we can to keep children safe, but ultimately what happens to them is not up to us. There is an entire random universe that has a say in what goes on.
What are parents like me to do to protect our disabled loved ones? How do we learn to trust caregivers if there is so much abuse out there?
Contrary to the prevailing ignorance, not everyone wins at the Special Olympics. The judges take their role very seriously; they watch for form, and for errors...
With Facilitated Communication, some autistic people have revealed inner lives no one knew about beforehand. I believe FC has helped them. But not so for my son.
Who can speak about life with autism? The parents of autistics, or autistics themselves? Both, of course.
Here is a guy who has difficulty speaking English, navigating the most basic human interactions, and yet he simply leads everyone in prayer anytime we light candles.
But hadn’t I always respected them? No, not like this. I think I was finally seeing them all as the serious, committed adults they are.
What are the issues facing people with disabilities in terms of accessing the vote? What is being done about it?
The sense of tired time is what I'm thinking about now, and it's strange how I miss that.
Why do some parents still believe that measles vaccines, or vaccines in general cause autism?
Why is the HBO hit television series “Game of Thrones” portrayal of disability so satisfying to me, the mother of an autistic adult, and to other disability advocates?
Does it matter how we refer to people with disabilities as long as we avoid insults? At what point does acknowledging difference cross the line into patronizing and judging?
For autistic adults, experience with the medical community can be horribly inadequate, particularly when it comes to making their needs understood.
Why not explore musical instruction and musical performance as a way to improve brain function in autistic adults?
Susan Senator is the author of numerous autism books; her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, among others.