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Great News About the ABLE Act! by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This article is from the Disability Scoop, by Michelle Diament . If you are a person with a disability and you have Medicaid benefits, the bipartisan ABLE Act would allow ... Read on »
The Stealth Mommer by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I decided to be the Stealth Mommer today. I was so anxious as I drove to Nat’s workplace. But I told myself there was no need to worry, that I would not let him see me. He ... Read on »
Love nat by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Today Nat wanted to do some Facebooking. The way we do that is I have him look at the column of all the people who are logged on at the moment — the green dots show him — ... Read on »
The Heartbreaking Quiet by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Nat comes home every weekend. He is quiet. Sometimes he’s “activated” as his psychopharmacologist says — I hate that. It is such an inhumane way to describe someone. He’s ... Read on »
Our Journey Into Shared Living by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Here is an essay I wrote for our service provider’s newsletter, about Shared Living for Nat. Enjoy! Read on »
New Development for Disabled Housing Mortgages! by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Valuable home-purchasing information for anyone in the country with a developmental disability looking for a possible low percentage down mortgage. I received this informa ... Read on »
Thinking About Autism Housing? by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Another great resource for Massachusetts autism adult housing: Housing 101 Workshops you can set up for your own organization. Autism Housing Pathways will bring their wor ... Read on »
Massachusetts Families: Terrific Opportunity by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum If you are a  Massachusetts resident living with a developmental disability, or if you are a Massachusetts family with a loved one with this diagnosis, pay heed! Especiall ... Read on »
How Does He Know? by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Life is not a bowl of cherries, but you might be able to get a lot out of a bowl of strawberries. I’m sure you don’t know what I mean, but you will. I am a writer, a w ... Read on »
Is De-Auticizing the Goal? by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This New York Times piece came my way, and frankly I’m pretty disappointed. “Kids Who ‘Beat’ Autism” is the title, so right away you can see the bias. The author, Ruth Pad ... Read on »
Loving Nat by Susan S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Loving Nat — The Jewish Advocate, July 11, 2014 My day suddenly became very dark when I got the call: “Nat’s had an incident.” This happened when he was at his mos ... Read on »
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 »