This is the second video we created to help educate those of us who are neuro-typical to understand what autism can be like. We believe it is important to “taste” what the children deal with in order to help them cope.
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Advocacy isn’t the main purpose of A Special Space. Education for both NTs and those with ASDs is our focus. But after reading one too many stories today about bullying and abuse of special needs children by teachers, advocacy and education have combined.
It’s time to educate my state and the nation about the importance of giving a voice to those who have none. It’s time to advocate for cameras in the classrooms.
Continue reading Cameras in the Classrooms
Yesterday I was told by my employer that, upon learning that A Special Space Center was becoming a reality, they will terminate my employment on the day the center opens.
So at this time, it appears that my job will end on August 22nd.
This was a very personal and poignant reminder of why I started A Special Space.
Parents of special needs children have a very hard time holding a full-time job. Employers are not aware of and often not interested in the special challenges present in the lives of families with special children.
Continue reading The Special Needs of Special Needs Parents
We take normalcy for granted. Millions of bits of data and sensory input surround us every minute; yet, we instinctively know how to filter and focus without thinking about it, much like we do not think to make hearts beat or eyes blink.
People born with Autism do not process their surroundings as most do; it is physically (mechanically, chemically) impossible for them to do so. Over time, adults have learned how deal with the overwhelming episodes, but have historically had to do so on their own. To help children who happen to have autism, we need to understand what they experience. Understanding breeds compassion.
Continue reading Video: The Autism Experience (version 1)
How many of you are aware of Autism Speak’s “Light It Up Blue” initiative?
According to their site, this April 2nd, 2012 (for World Autism Day), businesses, buildings, and front porches are supposed to change their white light bulbs to blue.
Continue reading Light It Up Blue?