Angel’s Summer Begins

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Summer is finally here. YAY! Angel is in a 12-month school program, so this leaves us with a limited amount of time to plan fun activities for him. He gets one week off before summer school begins and another three weeks off before he starts kindergarten in the fall. Angel began his summer by visiting

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Angel: The Preschool Graduate

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Last Friday marked the end of one journey and the beginning of another. Angel graduated from preschool and is on his way to kindergarten!!! Our decision to stop home-based early intervention (EI) and switch Angel to a center was based on the fact that Angel’s sessions stopped being very productive when he started focusing more

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NYC Special Education Reform Looks Good…On Paper

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We have come a long way since Brown v. Board of Education desegregated schools in 1954. Fifty-eight years later, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) is rolling out a special education reform policy that seeks to integrate special education students into the general education classroom. As a parent of a child with autism, I

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Dear Parents of Children With Autism

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Dear Fellow Parents of Children with Autism, I need to share some thoughts that have been weighing on my mind recently. How will our children feel if they knew that their autism diagnosis has caused us to cry or that sometimes it can be challenging for us to deal with at times? As I publish

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Putting Our Autism Business in the Street – Part 2

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The fact that autism is diagnosed later in minority children saddens me. Our children are beginning the race when other children are already on their third lap. So here is an action plan for ALL parents. This plan also applies to parents without children who have special needs. Before the Diagnosis Learn all of the

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Putting Our Autism Business in the Street – Part 1

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I have so much on my mind regarding how we discuss autism in the minority community that this will be a two-part post. Open Communication Autism is not a topic that is discussed a lot in my world. We have no problem telling others when we have conditions like diabetes, arthritis, or even hypertension. However,

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Walk Now For Autism Speaks – NYC June 3rd, 2012

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9c7ad0b3e0829b2193afc1135c149b0e4a557abd3d395693ed Sunday was a beautiful day for a walk in New York City. The sun beamed down from the clear sky upon hundreds of families who came out pumped and ready to walk in honor of their autistic loved ones. As I approached South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, I immediately noticed the diversity of

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What Manners? I’m Just Glad He Spoke!

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Social graces do not come naturally to Angel. Not because he is a rude child but because like some children on the autism spectrum he doesn’t quite grasp the concept of manners. I remember the day he asked me for some juice. His way of asking was by saying the word juice, then looking to

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