Our Nonprofit’s Origin Story Begins with a Boy in a Cape

It began with a boy in a cape. He looks like any other boy but his brain is wired differently. So the kids at school and the people in his community treated him differently, and not in a good way. They were “aware” of autism, but they didn’t understand it. “Better to ignore him,” they thought. “Or make fun of him.” And the boy hid behind his cape and said, “I guess I just don’t matter.” This was my son’s story but sadly it’s a universal experience when you are on the autism spectrum. Marginalized, stigmatized, bullied and isolated, so many … [Read more...]

“Five-oh-one-see-three!”

It happened. Saturday, like any other day, I went to the mailbox and grab the day's mail. It's a ritual I often ask myself why I continue doing since most of the time it's nothing but junk. But it's the hope of finding a treasure among the trash−a handwritten letter from a friend, a commission check for app sales, a new issue of that creative magazine from Canada that I enjoy so much. Walking up to the house, I shuffled through the stash and there it was. A letter from the IRS. I wasn't expecting it for at least another one to three … [Read more...]