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My Autistic Son Voted for the First Time: Here’s My Takeaway

Last week, my 22-year-old autistic son voted for the very first time. It was a momentous occasion for him. Seeing him exercise his right to vote was an emotional experience, and it got me thinking about what we can learn from his voting journey. Here are a few takeaways that I wanted to share. I …

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Autistic and Voting pt2 (feat. Gavin Gorski) S5E48

My 22 year old autistic son Gavin is here today to talk about his very first experience voting. He shares how it went, how he prepared for it, and also has advice for other first time voters with a disability. Link to pt1 Guest Bio: Gavin is 22 years old, diagnosed with autism and several …

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4 Tips To Help Your Autistic Child Vote

I’ve recently helped my adult autistic son exercise his right to vote. I recorded a short podcast episode about this journey, and it’s embedded below. I wanted to follow up with some practical tips that helped me to ensure my son was able to vote in this election cycle. Everyone’s situation is different, but if …

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When someone doesn’t support your child’s diagnosis

Over the last 20 years, I’ve had experiences with both of these situations, and I’ve had to learn some things the hard way. I want to share some insights to help you navigate some of these things.

Talking to Your Kids About Autism: What You Need to Know

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve already had or will be having difficult conversations with your kids. It’s part of being a parent, and we all go through this, especially if we’re parenting to kid with autism.. What happens when it’s time to talk to your kids about autism? How do you even begin …

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Parenting sometimes requires a freakish level of flexibility

I’ve been struggling as a parent for the last couple of weeks. I was pretty stoked about the new school year cause everyone seemed excited, or as excited as possible to go to school. I had already figured out a plan of attack in regard to balancing work and finishing projects around the house. Now …

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Dipping into my reserve of patience

I mentioned yesterday that Emmett was not doing well in school. I was caught off guard because I thought he was doing great, and academically he is. Unfortunately, he’s struggling emotionally and didn’t want to tell me because he was afraid I’d be disappointed. Last night I emailed his school guidance counselor and explained what …

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I definitely didn’t see this coming but here we are

Just when I thought things were with school were going well, the bottom drops out and I’m scrambling to to figure this out.