autism

Fri, February 01, 2013
I am a Chinese American since I was born in New York City. My mom is from Hong Kong and my dad is from China. I have two younger siblings: Elizabeth and Lew. English is spoken throughout my household due to the fact that my mom learned English since she was born in Hong Kong and that my dad moved to America when he was very young. The reason why I don’t speak any Chinese is because my parents never spoke it. I also have a Chinese American friend named Ryan who, just like me, doesn’t speak...
Wed, February 06, 2013
Hi Folks, Adventure Girl here writing from the sunshine state. With my vacation winding down here's what I did today: We started off by hitting the pool and the jacuzzi. Almost everyone made a splash there. I played a brief game of "notable quotables," naming famous lines from classic Disney films. Then we went to Epcot. We did everything from going on future world rides to browsing many different countries in the World Showcase before having dinner. I met Mexican Donald Duck at the Mexican...
Thu, February 07, 2013
Hi Folks, It's Adventure Girl back for another blog entry. Today I survived the last day of Disney magic at the Magic Kingdom theme park. We had a buffet breakfast at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa but I made a mess with it. I absolutely don't like it when things get too loud, NOT A GOOD MOVE! That's because I'm not the only one on the autism spectrum in the room. I got to meet the characters at every theme park I went to. The things that I learned during my trip were to try new things...
Mon, December 10, 2012
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season. Much has been going on at YAI and I think you will like the direction our organization is headed with its new mission of living, loving, working, and learning. The people YAI and thousands of other agencies across the country support every day are really not that different from any of us. They want to live in a nice home, enjoy good friendships and relationships and have a good job. With that in...
Wed, January 16, 2013
The importance of performance measurement in tough fiscal times can't be overstated, but I also don't think there's any more important policy area to which it applies than human services. Recently, I spoke at a conference for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) on the fiscal outlook for 2013. Joining me was Bill Pound, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Both of us predicted that Congress would ultimately...
Fri, October 17, 2014
While politicians and other elected officials are making every effort to convince more Americans to vote in the upcoming national election, there looms an unfathomable barrier to people with disabilities as they seek to exercise their most basic and important right as Americans: the right to vote. Los Angeles is one place in the land of the free, for example, which is requiring thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities...
Mon, February 25, 2013
When my severely autistic son was high school age, the local public school system offered him a placement at the high school. I remember feeling the swell of hope in my throat as I met with the administrators. Nat ... at the high school, one of the best in the country! Up until then, Nat had attended private autism programs most of his school career because there were no district-based programs for him. Born in 1989, Nat was at the beginning of the huge autism wave that was to come. His...
Tue, April 02, 2013
In my world, every day is Autism Awareness day . I don’t think a day has gone by when I didn’t think, type or say the word. But you can help to give me and my two kids a break from their autism for a day. Of course you can’t take away their autism – it is who they are and we all accept it. However, you can help reduce the challenges that make having living with autism in a world designed for “normal” people so stressful. And, it won’t cost you a cent. I just want you to consider ‘the 3 As’:...
Fri, February 15, 2013
Gayle Murphy is a single mother who lives in Castleknock with her severely autistic 11 year old son Luca. She cares for him, alone, 24 hours a day and he hasn't had any intervention or therapy of any kind since last summer. Listen to her story . Gayle says it’s been more than two years since he received appropriate or effective education from the State. He was given day service in a government supported respite centre, but the programme did not work out and Luca stopped attending in May of last...
Wed, June 05, 2013
Some days it seems the only predictable thing about it is the unpredictability. The only consistent attribute—the inconsistency. Autism can be baffling, even to those who spend their lives around it. The child who lives with autism may look “normal” but his behavior can be perplexing and downright difficult. Autism was once labeled an “incurable disorder,” but that notion has crumbled in the face knowledge and understanding that increase even as you read this. Every day, individuals with autism...

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