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