Growth

21. February 2016 Uncategorized 0
Yes, you should be expected to put the needs of your children first. Yes, you should be expected to sacrifice greatly for their happiness. No, this does not mean you should be expected to feel guilty about, or bury your valid, honest emotions. No, you are not a bad parent for taking time to process ...

An Open Letter to the Police From an Autism Dad (and a cop)

17. February 2016 Uncategorized 13
Brothers and sisters, we are losing. We can argue about the reasons why (reality vs. perception); we can argue about the biased media; unreasonable expectations; poor self-promotion. But, the brutal truth is many special needs individuals and families are afraid to call us when they need help. They are afraid we will hurt them. They ...

My 20 Rules For the New Autism Blogger

15. February 2016 Uncategorized 1
My 20 Rules for the New Autism Blogger (or anyone thinking about becoming one): 1) Don’t chase “Likes”. You’ll end up sacrificing your core principles. 2) Know where you stand on tough issues, even if it’s in the middle. 3) Eventually, you’ll piss off 50% of your audience. If you have remained true to Rules ...

The Good Guys

08. February 2016 Uncategorized 2
The Good Guys
I know I’m fighting an uphill battle.  The things I’ve read in recent days– the anger and bitterness I have heard– leave little room for optimism.  I’m going to try anyway. I understand the fear.  I understand the anger.  My biggest fear is that my son will soon meet a police officer who will misunderstand ...

Crossed wires

It’s been 9 days since it happened.  Somehow the emotional scars seem to heal quicker than the physical scars.  We left the local aquarium because Eric started screaming really loud.  After sitting in the car seeing if he would settle down enough for us to go back in, I decided to head home – and ...

The Marathon

I ran my first marathon about a month ago.  Twenty (freaking) six point two miles through the heart of Philadelphia.  It was everything they said it would be. The thing that sticks with me was the spectators:  Thousands upon thousands of friends and family and strangers lining the streets of the city to watch and ...