Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Linda Mastroianni

Linda Mastroianni, Autism Mother, Blogger

"Society asks him to conform to their ways and yet society is neither willing nor comfortable to conform to his. These are typical, highly functioning adults who are demanding an autistic child to change in order to suit their needs.

They say autistic people are rigid. If a typical adult cannot change their routine for the sake of an autistic child, then tell me, who is rigid in their ways here? (Linda Mastroianni, Speaking Autism Blog, December 3, 2013)."

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Rob Gorski

Rob Gorski, Autism Father, Blogger

"No matter how alone or isolated you may feel, no matter how small your world has become, you need to know that you aren't alone. There are others that are traveling the same road you are on. Just because you might not see them from where you are, doesn't mean that they aren't there and they can't help. If you or someone you know, is an Autism or special needs parent, please know that you or they are not alone (Rob Gorski, Lost and Tired Blog, December 22, 2013)."

For more information see Rob Gorski's Autism Light Page.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Jean Stimey Winegardner

Jean Stimey Winegardner, Autism Mother, Blogger/Author

"Here’s the thing: It matters how you feel about your child’s autism, but it matters far more how he or she feels about it. However you feel, I believe your kid should think that every part of himself is awesome, and as his or her parent, it is your job to make sure that this is the case. There are a lot of things I second guess myself about in terms of my parenting, but this? I know I’m doing this part right (Jean Stimey Winegardner, Stimeyland Blog, 11/18/2013)."

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Paula Peters

Paula Peters, Autism Mother, Special Education Teacher

"Autism has taught me to not look too far ahead. It has taught me to watch for the obstacles and plan how to defeat them. It has taught me to always look in my rear view mirror. For when you look in that mirror you get a glimpse of how far you have come (Paula Peters, Picture Perfect, Autism Diaries)."

Monday, September 23, 2013

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Autism Father, Clergy

"My Jacob has taught me more in 4 years than all of my professors at Harvard or in rabbinical school could ever have hoped to, because my Jacob taught me to live now. He taught me that all that really matters is in the heart. He reminds me to love the unlovable, because the great miracle of life is that if we love the unlovable they become really lovable indeed. And so do we (Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Everyone is Someone's Jacob: What I Learned from my Autistic Son, American Jewish University: Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies)."

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Debra Hosseini

Debra Hosseini, Autism Mother, Author

"There is a myth that autistic people can't bond and make meaningful friendships. I've observed many on the spectrum who have closer friendships than many neuro-typicals. They may not have a lot of friends, but the ones they have are deep (Debra Hosseini, Autistic People Make Good Friends, The Art of Autism, August 29, 2013)."

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bernard Rimland (1928-2006)

Bernard Rimland, Autism Father, Psychologist

"There are many, many treatments out there. Some are useless, but we have to find out which ones work. The government would want to take years to prove what works, but parents can't wait for years (Bernard Rimland, Quoted in San Diego Jewish Journal, October, 2002)."

For more information see Bernard Rimland's Autism Light Page.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lou Melgarejo

Lou Melgarejo, Autism Father and Blogger

"In order to not become part of the failing system, parents must take care of themselves. I tell parents of autistic children constantly that their physical and mental health should be their top priority (Lou Melgarejo, Huff Post Healthy Living, September 11, 2013)."

For more information see Lou Melgarejo's Autism Light Page.