My Take: Toni Braxton, Abortion, and Autism

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Legendary singer and performer Toni Braxton recently started a firestorm within the autism community while promoting her memoirs. Toni revealed that when her son, Diezel was diagnosed with autism she believed that it was a punishment from God because she had an abortion years ago. Yes Toni’s words are alarming to me as a parent of a child with autism

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Movie Review: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors seeks to raise awareness about autism and the impact it can have on the entire family. The film follows 13-year old Ricky (played by Jesus Sanchez-Velez) who wanders into the NYC subway system days before Hurricane Sandy hits. Like the character he plays, Jesus is also on the autism

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Senseez Vibrating Pillow Review and Giveaway

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Disclaimer: I received one Red Octagon Senseez pillow for my review. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions are my own. Angel’s hyperactivity is an issue that we have been dealing with for years. As a child on the autism spectrum, behavioral and sensory processing challenges are Angel’s reality. When the folks at

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Celebrating Mother’s Day as an Autism Mom

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As a mother of an only child who is on the autism spectrum, I have always had a pity party for myself on Mother’s Day. Instead of appreciating what was right in front of me, I focused on the day that my son Angel would make a big fuss over me on this special occasion.

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Services, Respite, and Letting Go

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Angel had his school holiday respite intake yesterday. This is a Medicaid waiver service that is administered through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in New York. This program takes children between ages 6 and 13. It also follows the 12-month school program schedule, so they are open when children are on break. If

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Autism Awareness: The Chuck E. Cheese’s Edition

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Disclaimer: I was sent one Chuck E. Cheese’s guest pass for my review. I did not receive financial compensation. All opinions are mine. Angel had a great experience at Chuck E. Cheese’s during his spring break. We went on a week day because we wanted to avoid the crowds. There were a lot of kids

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Why the R-Word Makes Me Cringe!

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Every time I hear the r-word, it makes me cringe and it angers me at the same time. For those who do not know, the r-word is short for “retard” or “retarded.” The term was used in past generations to mean slowed down or held back. The term was also used in “mental retardation” as

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