Education

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...
Thu, March 22, 2012
I recently read an article on the internet in which a mother of a child with autism asked people to stop using the “R” word, something we here at YAI are actively engaged in trying to do as well. When I began reading the comments about the article I was astounded to see how many people still feel that it is just fine to call people “retards” simply because it is a word in the English language. Most people missed the entire point of the article and saw it as a freedom of speech issue: “If we can...

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