In despair and desperation, one parent abandons formal therapy in favor of unorthodox experiments; indulgence in the very self-stimulating behaviors that therapies sought to extinguish; and disclosure of her son’s Autism regardless of public ridicule or scorn.
Raw and unflinching
“And when in the grips of a public tantrum, amidst the horror and humiliation of him shrieking and splayed out on the floor while strangers recoiled in shock, my mind lurched towards an inescapable truth – that I want out from this nightmare. I want out from this child.”
Congressman Jamie Raskin, 6th District, Maryland; Professor of Constitutional Law, American University, and Best-selling Author of, We the Students and Overruling Democracy: the Supreme Court vs. the American People.
Ron Suskind, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and best-selling Author of Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism (2014).
Nancy K. Kelly, MS Ed, NYS certified Special Education Teacher/Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultant and School District Administrator
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Hey K Street Magazine! Thank you for the great [piece and Ambassadors shout-out, don’t think I’ve ever been called an angel before (a few other things!) but I’ll take it with gratitude from you! http://kstreetmagazine.com/meet-this-angel-of-autismawareness-who-calls-the-dc-area-home/
I’m both honored & touched to have been selected by one of The Washington Post’s editors for favorite op-eds for 2018, from a fellow special needs parent who “gets it”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2018/12/18/our-favorite-washington-post-op-eds/?fbclid=IwAR1jwsAvWVf5I0FQVFvEW0W0lK25v-7z0ogdK3mpUx09vjygsjKNZg5Mqpc&utm_term=.fda3fc5b0740
Enormous gratitude to The Washington Post Op-ed Editors Anna Walsh & team for publishing my opinion on true access for the Autism community. Excellent points were raised that SF events would also benefit persons with PTSD, and of course the disability community at large. Comments on WAPO are rising both for & against ~ always interesting to see how offended people are about opportunities which in no way eclipse their own rights but expand for others who don’t have them. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/my-son-has-autism-he-deserves-separate-sensory-friendly-opportunities/2018/11/27/b1268848-a0a4-11e8-8e87-c869fe70a721_story.html?utm_term=.41ff55e397fa