Yesterday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced plans to introduce Avonte’s Law, which will allow the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fund voluntary tracking devices for children with autism and developmental disorders. The law will also expand support services for families of children with autism and other developmental disorders in which bolting and wandering is common.
This past Tuesday, I received the worst piece of news that a parent can ever get about their child: Their child is dead! On January 21st, news reports confirmed that the remains of a once missing child belong to Avonte Oquendo. I have nothing but tears and an angry face. Anger is what I feel
Marriage can be a roller coaster ride. This is to be expected when two people are trying to build a life together. So what happens when autism enters the mix? Although autism impacts each child and marriage in a different way, there are some common issues that autism families face. They can include financial challenges,
Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: New Year, New Goals. Now I present to you Jessi, who is the writer of the blog Deciphering Morgan. She is also the mom to Morgan (autistic ham),
Ah yes! Here we are at the beginning of a new year. See ya 2013! We had a good ride. As we welcome, 2014, I need to pause and reflect on some of the events that made us break out the pom poms for Angel in 2013. 1. Angel started expressing more empathy for others.
Disclaimer: I was contacted by Dana Humphrey of Whitegate PR to review The Gift of the Ladybug. I received two complimentary copies of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. The Gift of the Ladybug written by Carole M. Amber is a short story, which takes readers on the emotional journey
I received an overwhelming response to our My Buddy Tag Giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered. Reading all the reasons why parents wanted this device really touched me. I wish I could’ve given everyone a device but I could only choose two of you. The winners have already been notified and their their buddy tags
As parents of children with autism the chances of losing a child is a scary thought but wandering is real in our community. Many autistic children have a tendency to wander or run off without any notice when they hear certain sounds or find something interesting. I have been a strong advocate for keeping our children safe
I am not very good at goodbyes. I am usually a blubbering, crying mess. This past Friday was Angel’s special education teacher, Mrs. S. last day. She is moving to another state and will be teaching at another school. When I first heard the news, I went through a series of emotions including shock, sadness,