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Are We Sure We Should Close All Sheltered Workshops? by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum How to balance the will of the majority with the needs of the few? In the case of the Inclusion movement, balance may prove elusive. Like so many movements, the cause of d ... Read on »
Great Father’s Day Book by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum PERFECT FOR FATHER’S DAY! I just found out that my New York Times “Lives” column from 2010 is being published in a small NYT anthology of Lives columns, “Moms and Dads ... Read on »
No Wholesale Blame; Instead, Reframe by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The Washington Post, which ran a story last week about how a new study is attempting to tie autism to serial killing. The Post published the article even though researche ... Read on »
One Size Does Not Fit All by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The institutions are closing. The sheltered workshops are closing . Group homes must be small or else they come under suspicious scrutiny. We don’t want people being clump ... Read on »
Empathy by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Here is my latest column on NPR/WBUR’s Cognoscenti Column, written about 9 year old Benj and how his empathy button got flipped on by a video game character: It’s eas ... Read on »
What, Exactly, Is Normal? by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I just now drove down into the busy part of town and while I was stopped at a light I saw a man standing alone, smiling. I looked back at the red light and then quickly ba ... Read on »
Poem for the IM Age by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I came downstairs and found ur note (on instant message, of course) It was just I love you Just and all When you’re really there Even just lower ca ... Read on »
PBS World’s Airing of “Rachel Is” by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Here is the link to the 90 minute PBS World show “America Reframed,” which aired the documentary Rachel Is last Tuesday night, May 6, 1014. Rachel is an intellecutally di ... Read on »
Watch Me on PBS 5/6/14! by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum On May 6, the PBS show “America ReFramed” will be airing the new and unusual documentary “Rachel Is,” about a young woman with an intellectual disability and her last ye ... Read on »
Nat Receives 2014 Worker of the Year Award by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Nat won the 2014 Worker of the Year Award from Autism Services Association in Wellesley, MA. Here is what Dr. Joel Smith, Executive Director of ASA said about Nat: T ... Read on »
A Resource and An Initiative for ASD Adulthood by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum There are two new developments in quality of life offerings for people with intellectual disabilities and those on the autism spectrum as well, that I wanted to share. The ... Read on »
Sports is the Catalyst by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I was interviewed by Nick Savarese of Special Olympics Massachusetts, for their podcast: “Sports is the Catalyst.” You can listen to it here. Read on »
Chiaroscuro by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum My day suddenly became very dark when I got the call: “Nat’s had an incident.” This was yesterday. He was at his most anxious, and we did not know why. He was biting himse ... Read on »
Electric Shock is Never An Educational Approach by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Here is an issue that most of us can probably agree on: NO MORE ELECTRIC SHOCK for “treating” autism! I have written several times about the Judge Rotenberg Center, not 30 ... Read on »
Really? Autism Awareness Month? by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Right, right. April first. How fitting that it is Autism Awareness Month begins on April Fool’s Day. Why do I say this? Because we claim to want or to have awareness but w ... Read on »
Alternative to Group Home: Shared Living by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In Massachusetts there is a program called Shared Living, which is a good way to create an independent living set-up for your loved one with a fairly significant developme ... Read on »
Small But Huge Innovation by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Great story in the New York Times about a man who helps train folks with autism in employment. Jay Goltz, writer for the New York Times, desribes how Dave Geslak owns a sm ... Read on »
Why I Should Never Die by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I’ve been wondering lately how to become a ghost after I die. I am not looking to die — not at all. In fact the opposite is true. Of course most of us are at least relucta ... Read on »
Self-soothing by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I have just discovered something kind of important (to me). Almost every day at some point I start getting anxious but also yawning. I almost start to panic — I don’t know ... Read on »
If We Didn’t Have a Hammer by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum My friend and fellow autism advocate Michael Forbes Wilcox has a fascinating mind that many of my readers would like.  Michael was diagnosed with autism/Asperger’s in his ... Read on »