Baseball, Autism, and Cam’s Clubhouse: A Revolutionary Turn in Family Friendly Sporting Events

Our family has been living life on the Autism Spectrum for around two decades now. During this time much of the landscape has changed. “Awareness” and “acceptance” have become buzzwords, while what so many of us prefer is understanding for who we are and how we process this thing we all call life. Autism is not a trend; it’s part …

Part 4: What to Expect Once Onboard! Going on a Disney Cruise with Asperger’s

Getting the Lay of the Land Ship! Exciting about being onboard and ready to have some fun?! Or are you feeling overwhelmed, not knowing what to do first or how things work? Let’s chat! Probably one of the best things to start with is to take some time to familiarize yourself with the ship. Taking the time to do this …

International Women’s Day and Why We Shared Our Story

Talking to my Aspergirl yesterday (ok, texting… we both avoid speaking on an actual phone at all costs) International Women’s Day came up. She’s studying gender in college, so it was something already on her radar. She’s quite passionate about women’s issues supporting movies such as “Wonder Woman” that use females in strong, leading roles. She’s even used our book …

Keep the Change

If there is one constant I see in my Twitter feed it’s frustration with the lack of actually autistic actors on the screen. It seems almost all autistic characters are portrayed by actors who are neurotypicals (people who do not have autism). In fact, there is a hashtag in the cyberverse (#ActuallyAutistic) that underscores the lack of autistic voices tapped …

Asperger’s and the Coming Flood

Recently my husband and I attended a viewing of “Keep the Change,” a film featuring actually autistic adult actors. After the credits several adults formed a panel, opening the floor to discussion of adults on the Autism Spectrum. One of the panelists, Nancy Popkin, the mother of a son with autism, advocate and employee of the Autism Society of NC, …

Part 2: Booking a Disney Cruise, plus understanding the true costs

Cruising Basics If you are considering booking a Disney Cruise with Asperger’s in the house you have additional things to consider aside from general planning. Even so, there are planning basics we all need to cover. In this post we are going to talk about making reservations, costs (yes, we’ll talk finances!), and other general booking considerations. Some will be …

New Aspie parent? Feeling overwhelmed? You’re not alone.

Your child was diagnosed with Asperger’s? She’s on the Autism Spectrum? And you’re feeling overwhelmed? You’ve got this – even if it feels like the world is slipping through your fingers. How can I dare say “you’ve got this” with confidence? Because I’ve been there – and I’m still there. Who am I? Who is our family? I’m glad you …

Gift Giving and Asperger’s

Every Christmas, my daughter sets up a spreadsheet. She knows what she wants and goes to the trouble of categorizing gift ideas. My family has always been about getting lists together for each other, so this isn’t unusual for us, at all. In fact, it’s helpful. If you’ve read “Asperger’s in Pink,” you are already familiar with how my Aspie …

The Holidays and Extended Family

When K was younger, she considered holiday meal time nothing less than an abomination. First, there was the timing. Many holiday “dinners” were timed smack between lunch and supper, making the phrase “dinner” a source of constant consternation. Then there was the food, itself. Even when the main holiday meal was around noon, the fact that it was “dinner food” …

November, the Month of Thankfulness and my Aspie

Happy November! In my part of the world, this is the month we set aside to have a thankful outlook. Amidst pumpkins and turkeys, plus stores blaring Christmas music way too soon, social media is filled with people talking thankfulness. From posting a thankful thought each day to merely taking a break from materialism, I’ve always enjoyed reading what others …