Autspoken

The Silent Storm by Brian Henson

The Silent Storm The hum, the grind, the music beat– They start to surge in force Until the bang hits in the ear, And one escapes the source… The source is the environment Where sounds are uncontrolled; And yet when asked to ease the strain, The quest is seen as “cold”. As there is no alternative Than to escape the …

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The Artistic Spectrum, Moms of kids with autism who blog

*Kristina Chew (autismvox.com), *Kim Stagliano (huffingtonpost.com/kim-stagliano and www.ageofautism.com) are moms of kids with autism who blog.  Amy Gravino, Jason Ross, Cliff Schumacher and Leigh Silver all have various disabiliites and write. Jacob Artson, a 15 year old nonverbal young adult with autism will be presenting his work via videoconference from Los Angeles. Jacob is a ninth grader with autism who …

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Special Moments At Camp by Darby Rose

“Wow”, I thought as I held the birthday card in my hand. God does really care about me! I have heard this growing up my whole life, and I have believed it, but today was different. It was just this morning that I doubted how much he cared for me and who my friends were here at camp! Amazed at …

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Someone Is Home; a poem by Donna Carol Koffman

Someone is Home Yes , There is someone here If you knock I may not answer I am not sure how But know that I am here and you just need to let yourself in and if you do maybe next time I will answer and continue to answer once I learn how because I am definitely here Yes

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People Don’t Understand Autism by Rochelle Donlim

People don’t understand autism People who are not fortunate enough to live with a child who is autistic have no way of knowing the exquisite reality we are exposed to daily. Those same people do not have the opportunity to experience the limitless intelligence and inquisitiveness of autistic children. History is replete with examples of how ignorance and intolerance have …

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Our World by Oliver Moore, aged 8

OUR WORLD Our world has trees And little things called bees. Our world has eyes And people tell lies. Our world has blocks And doors have locks. Our world has dogs And springy frogs. Our world has beaches And nobody likes leeches. Our world has toys And some people are boys. Our world has movies And some people like smoothies. …

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Finding Back My ‘Margaret-Ness’ by Margaret Franklin

The other night my husband and I saw the movie �You, me and DuPree and the more I think about it, the more I find myself relating to the character of DuPree and thinking that he, too, definitely had some �Aspie-ish� traits. Not all Aspies are shy, introverted bookworms. In fact many of us are also quite bouncy, sociable and …

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Expectations by “ABFH”

When did you first become aware that you were different? Maybe you were two years old, or three, when you noticed that the other children could do a lot of things you couldn’t. Some of them could already read. Others were doing arithmetic, playing musical instruments, or using computers. Even those who didn’t have such skills all had special interests …

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DIFFERENT! by Barbara MacArthur

I am an Asperger’s mum of a son who was diagnosed as profoundly autistic when he was a child. At the time the following thoughts popped into my head, as the medical people looked so solemn: They told me you were Different – Autistic I told them I was optimistic How could they know I love you so Because you …

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Being Myself by Corina Becker

No one ever mentioned autism when I was a kid. They mentioned things like learning disabled and gifted, but that was towards my brother. Mother tells me that they told her I was highly sensitive A.D.D. and dismissed her concerns as hysteria of a desperate mother. Well, if you knew my brother and his very aggressive behaviour, and then with …

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