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6 Discussion Points with your In-Home Paraprofessional

Over the past 6 years as an autism paraprofessional, I’ve studied interactions between paraprofessionals and families and I’ve found a simple communication formula that almost guarantees a better relationship between the paraprofessional and your...

One Mom’s Experience with Advocacy

Since I started my blog at Special-Ism, I have covered many topics. I have worn my heart on my sleeve and opened up to the world about some very personal experiences. Our latest challenge...
Inspiration for Kids

Inspire Kids – The Story of a Tiny Frog who Didn’t Listen

Once upon a time, there was an ambitious group of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tree. A huge crowd of frogs...
Self Advocacy is Hard

Self-Advocacy: Like Speaking a Foreign Language

“Use your words” and “Ask, and you will receive” are phrases I heard a lot during my childhood. Back when I was younger, I thought this meant to stop being so shy and well,...

What Does it Mean to be “Different”?

Many of you probably know that I am an openly high-functioning autistic college student, and I am very proud of identifying with this. I am open because I want to make a difference and...
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Self-Advocacy Navigates Life

“Odd-ism? That’s why I am odd!” I will never forget that night. We were at the dinner table when my then sixth-grader, JJ, had a revelation. He asked why he took the medications (after five...
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Why We Need to Advocate Against Our Children’s Labels

One of the quieter moments in the much maligned Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace, is the first conversation between Padme and Anakin. Listening to him talking about his past, she suddenly exclaims in...

Learning to Advocate for Your Special Needs Child

I often refer to Chris’ first grade experience as our “lost year.” Brand new to an autism diagnosis, we didn’t know what we could do to help our son, what resources were available, and...

WANTED: Hope in Action Throughout the Special Needs Community

Parents of a child who has special needs will almost surely hear at one time or another, “Now you know your child will never ”  These gloom and doom forecasts are meant to be...

The Journey of Acceptance and Self-Advocacy

I have always known I was different from others; ever since I was a little girl I knew that I had special needs. I knew that I went to therapy, I knew that I...