Childhood

Mon, April 02, 2012
When trees begin to blossom and warm weather rolls in I start to get really excited for summer. Not for the beach or extravagant vacations. This means that summer camp is near and for years and years that meant packing a trunk crammed with nalgene bottles, as many socks as it could hold, crazy costumes and lots of sunblock and heading to the woods. As a child, this was usually for 2 or 3 weeks at a time, as a teenager a month, and as a counselor and group leader for 10 glorious weeks during...
Wed, August 27, 2014
I remember one of the first photos of me printed in a local newspaper, way before the internet. I was sitting on a watermelon, somewhere in Central Park, eating a big cookie after a watermelon eating contest. Back then, I had a belly laugh and an adorable smile to match that could make anyone chuckle without fail. The photo promoted the contest, and was completely harmless because I was just a cute kid eating a cookie – not a symbol of disability. On a leading social networking site that I'm a...
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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