I can huddle behind my old hurts, burrow in my self-pity, or I can engage. I can teach. I can learn. I’ve become accustomed to stares. Strange looks because of the strange sounds my son makes. Jerky movements and high-pitched squeals draw looks of curiosity, sometimes censure, and worst of all, pity. Yes, [...]
"Her achievements and those of children like her deserve to be celebrated..." It’s that time of year again, graduation. As I scroll through Facebook, I see post after post of adoring parents boasting the accomplishments of their children: Grade Point Average, college pursuits, athletic achievements, class rankings, and more. These parents are excited [...]
"The life we live with Anna is nothing like the life I see in my dreams, but I’ve come to learn that not everything is the way we imagine." Sometimes it hits me when I least expect it. I was sitting in front of my computer reading my son's high school athletic face [...]
A brother shares the lessons his sister has taught him through her autism diagnosis.