This blog is for everyone. For parents of a child with autism, for brothers and sisters, for neighbors, for Pastors, for friends, for aunts and uncles, for grandparents, for teachers, for coaches, for administrators – for anyone who has, who will, or who may come into contact with someone who is on the spectrum. One could make an argument that we are all on the spectrum, but it’s simply a matter of how many of us can ‘deal’ with our quirks. Some folks just need a little extra love.
My son is not disabled. He is differently abled. By my standards, perfectly abled. These mini-stories and resources are an ode to him. I chose 366 days as a theme because of leap year. What a strange, unexplainable occurrence just like autism itself. Leap year isn’t wrong, we still ‘count’ it. But it’s just different. A child with autism isn’t wrong, just different. They have a little extra something…just like an extra day in the year.
I commit right now, one story or resource every day. No matter how busy or tired I am…because this boy that is my heart, my tear, my pep, my breath – he deserves it.
I am the Director of Internships and an Instructor at the University of Northern Iowa. I earned my B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. More importantly, I am the mother to two children. Estelle, age 10, a patient, loving, understanding sister to Tucker. Tucker, age 12, has an Autism Spectrum Disorder; originally identified as Sensory Processing Disorder.
I am a community volunteer, speaker, and tireless advocate for helping others understand ASD.
My husband, Matt, joins me at our ‘Crazy Acre’ in Shell Rock, Iowa. Our house is full of love and laughter as we navigate the perilous world of a blended family with his children: Alex, Katie, and Madison.
His love, support, and encouragement was the impetus for this blog (and, of course, Tucker). After much prodding from him I took years of journaling and notes and decided to really begin writing. He convinced me that I had a great story to tell- not only entertaining – but inspiring. Writing was always a first love, and he gave me the confidence to ‘put it out there.’
Together, we face the world together. We’re rarely found without the other, it’s a bit sickening, really…
My favorite phrase?, ‘My son is not disabled. He is differently abled, by my standards I say perfectly abled.’
His favorite phrase? “Living right never gets old, so I’ll never grow old with you by my side.”
For more information or questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org