I Wish the World Was a Comic Con

Bringing together pop-culture and technology, it was about time that Silicon Valley hosted a Comic Con event. If you don’t know what a Comic Con is, where have you been? It began in 1970 when 100 comics, movie and science fiction fans wanted to come together to celebrate what they loved with their like-minded peers. Today, it’s a massive cultural gathering in San Diego attracting over 125,000. It sells out within minutes. People come to see their favorite stars in sci-fi, comics and fantasy genres but more importantly, they come to BE the … [Read more...]

#ReadYourWorld – A Story about Autism and Friendship

It's important...no it's essential that that children's literature embrace diversity. Children will learn understanding and acceptance when they can experience stories about other cultures, people, and traditions. They'll build self confidence when they see themselves represented as characters in stories they read. The Multicultural Children's Book Day, celebrated on January 27th, brings awareness to the importance diversity in children's literature. I was thrilled to join the team to call out the importance of having stories with autism themes … [Read more...]

Holly Robinson Peete and the “Power of Possibilities”

How did I not know that they were in my community for the last 95 years? How did I not know that Community Gatepath and their work for greater independence for children with special needs and disabilities was here for us? Perhaps it was because we didn’t know my son was autistic until he was 13 and when he was diagnosed, we were already addressing his needs. And now that he’s all grown up, we just have our own out-of-the-box ways to help him and he’s thriving. But I’m really happy to know about Community Gatepath now and the impact they are … [Read more...]

Why Autism Needs to Be Taught in the Classroom

I am sure that most of you by now have heard the term “autism awareness” and you probably know that there is a national autism awareness month every April. It was so declared by the Autism Society in April of 1970 and its intent was to educate the public about Autism Spectrum Disorder. So for 45 years we’ve been raising awareness. It’s not surprising that there’s a growing trend within the autism community to evolve that term into “autism acceptance.” So many of us—parents and autistic individuals—feel that we need to move the public past … [Read more...]

Changing World Views Through Comic Books

In how many cartoons or comic books do we see a dog chase its life-long nemesis- the house cat? An adult dog and adult cat don’t make easy friendships. However, a puppy and kitten raised together from birth can grow-up together and behave as playful siblings. Biological and prejudicial instincts can be overturned by early intervention. I propose we have a chance to advocate for a better future for our children, and make a world where differences can be celebrated, not hidden or ridiculed. [Tweet "Let's make a world where differences can be … [Read more...]

10 Best Words to Describe an Autism Parent

I’ve been thinking about my being an autism parent. (Now that my children are adults I actually have time for reflection.) I am the parent of two, one with Asperger’s Syndrome and the other who’s not on the autism spectrum. Did I raise them differently? Not really. Both of them have my unconditional love and attention. But I do think that having a child with special needs made me dig deep into my soul’s reservoir and activate the personality traits necessary to help him flourish. Describe an Autism Parent So what are those traits? What words … [Read more...]

Autism Acceptance in Action!

By Sharon Fuentes, Mama's Turn Now and Zoom Autism Magazine Guest blogger Sharon Fuentes, author and editor of Zoom Autism Magazine writes about April Autism Awareness month and autism acceptance in action! It's April and there is a whole lot of talk about awareness. But I heard this the other day, and well it just kind of made sense...Awareness is a concept, Acceptance is an action! I love this saying in so many ways. I believe that awareness and acceptance go hand in hand. But perhaps not in the way you expect. Let me … [Read more...]