It started in August 2015, on the day that Greta Thunberg took time off from school to stand outside the Swedish Parliament with a sign, calling for stronger climate action. Soon more students were taking days off to make the same statement in other Swedish communities, and more were joining Greta. The students organized a… Continue reading Greta Thunberg: Climate Activist, Super Hero, Peace Prize Nominee, Person with Autism
I did not expect to be writing a blog about the evening we spent listening to Sonia Sotomayor talk about her book Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. I knew that she had written a children’s book , and when our friends said that she was coming to Cincinnati and that they could… Continue reading An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
I recently watched the charming, joyous movie, “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” and knew immediately that I needed to talk to you, my readers, about it. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a movie this much. “The Peanut Butter Falcon” is a fictional buddy movie, almost a fantasy, starring Zack Gottsagen, a first… Continue reading Go See This Movie Now!
It has been a difficult few weeks in America and in my community. Living in Cincinnati it takes me less time to drive to Dayton, Ohio than it used to take me to drive through downtown Chicago. I know many people in Dayton, and their tragedy was all of our tragedy. I also know and… Continue reading Violence and Mental Illness
How do people with ASD make ethical decisions? As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, I am trained to look at behaviors based on what we can see and objectively describe. I don’t take data on “anxiety,” but instead on the tantruming behavior that it may result in. Still, I recognize that there are things… Continue reading The Role of Conscience in Autism Spectrum Disorders
I am an avid reader of Time Magazine, and recently there was an interesting article called, “Could voters with disabilities sway elections in 2020?” The author explained that historically, the voter block that is people with disabilities has been basically invisible come elections. This is surprising when you consider that one in four adults… Continue reading Disability and the Vote
The book is: The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law, by Tony Attwood, Isabelle Henault and Nick Dubin. Who MUST read this book? Parents and professionals in the field of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), young adults and adults who have an ASD, parents, law enforcement officers, attorneys, judges and magistrates. Pretty much everyone! How do… Continue reading What I Read This Summer (and You Should Too): The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law