I received a harassing personal message on Facebook. Instead of "feeding the trolls," I reported the cyber-bully as harassment, blocked him and moved on with my day. I got a message back from Facebook saying nothing he said was in the confines of their community standards. I'll share the personal message I got, which was directed toward my son, and you tell me if it's harassment or not.
Sesame Street is doing something very cool to bring autism awareness and acceptance to kids through their TV show. Although I appreciate Sesame Street's attempt to introduce in a new character with autism, it doesn't tell the entire story of what it's like to have autism or care for someone with autism.
Former Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, who overcame much adversity to play professional football as a quarterback in the Canadian Football League, USFL and NFL has also endured much adversity in his personal life as well.
His son, Doug Flutie, Jr., was born autistic and the elder Flutie has since spearheaded efforts to raise money and awareness for a cure for autism.
Earlier today, another unbe
My son has autism and is mostly non-verbal. He can use echolalia at times (mimic what someone else is saying) but, for the most part, he doesn't speak unless he's asking for something. We use a folder to communicate with the teacher daily. What the teacher says he said the other day had my wife and I in stitches.
My son loves toys, but doesn't play with most of them for an extended period of time. But the ones he loves, he'll play with all day if we let him. I didn't quite know what to expect when I showed him a jack-in-the-box. His reaction was priceless.
Because I have a son and daughter with autism, stories like these always stick out to me. I saw this story about this car wash facility where most of its employees have autism both to give the CEO's son a working position and because "they have a great eye for detail." I couldn't agree more.
My son, Jaron, has autism. If he's not interested in something, he's quick to move on to the next thing. Even his most favorite TV shows only keep his interest for a few minutes. He'll rarely get through half an hour of anything, let along a full-length feature film.
Then you have to add that we're in a strange places surrounded by strangers. Thanks to Children's Village and the Yakima Theaters, m