Parent Voice

I recently had to opportunity to hear Dr. Temple Grandin speak at an Autism Conference in Champaign, IL. I have to say I’m slightly obsessed. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her, as well as her mother.

Disability and the Media

Disability and the Media

On my family home visit, I had the opportunity to meet the most wonderful, welcoming and positive couple and their two daughters: a bubbly five-year old and a shy three-year old with Down syndrome.

Volunteering at the Chicago Marathon

Volunteering at the Chicago Marathon

A group of us from the LEND program volunteered for the athletes with disabilities crew at the Chicago Marathon earlier this month, which continued to deepen my anchored understanding of the culture of those living with disability.

Practicing Fitness as an Autistic Adult

Practicing Fitness as an Autistic Adult

On October 13th, we had a didactic session on nutrition among people with developmental disabilities, including barriers to proper exercise. It was eye-opening to learn how people with developmental disabilities, like me, face many challenges in staying healthy and fit.

Erased

Erased

The following are my thoughts on an article AUCD news (twitter) reported on that is called, “Why Playing Sports While Disabled is Always a Radical Act” and the article called, “Vogue Brazil digitally removed limbs from actors to promote the Paralympics and completely missed the point.”

The Mindful Revolution

The Mindful Revolution

In today’s world, people often feel buried by stress, anxiety, worries about the future, self-doubt, and array of other sources of distress.

Not Staying in my Lane

Not Staying in my Lane

“Stay in your lane.” This declarative statement can be heard in numerous contexts—emerging from a squabble at the dining room table by a fatigued parent or as an order from a boss at the workplace after a curious employee asks one too many questions.

Autism and Disparities for African American Families

Autism and Disparities for African American Families

African American children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) later than white children and at lower rates, although it is believed that prevalence rates are equal amongst all demographics. What could account for these differences?