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About lifewithautistickid

I am a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), with an MBA and BA. I have been fortunate to have had an extraordinary life with an autistic kid. I have learned so much from him about people and life in general. I want to make a difference by sharing my extraordinary experiences. Raising a son with severe autism and developmental disability has made me realize how we who are "normal" do not understand "disability". Instead of trying to "fix" people like my son by burying them in the community, I would like to see a society that respects and honors them for who they are. The potential is endless, in a world that can celebrate with sincerity, the dignity of the individual. Love and blessings to people of all "disability" . That includes you and me!

A Long Weekend with autistic kid.

July 31, 2016.  Well it finally rained, for a few minutes, briefly relieving the drought we have been experiencing, and while the humidity continues to press down on us, it is almost comfortable outside, thanks to a steady breeze and … Continue reading

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A Message to the Province of Ontario

I respond to an article from the Oakville Beaver, MAY2016:  Improving autism services for children and youths.  My comments are in CAPS and bold. Oakville Beaver By Kevin Flynn, My View There are approximately 40,000 children and youths in Ontario … Continue reading

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Autism Home for the”HOLIDAYS”

  When people ask me “How was your Christmas Holiday”  I put on my happy face and say “Great!”  It is really hard to tell people the truth, that it is actually for the most part, an ordeal for the … Continue reading

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Surviving Graduation with Autism and Developmental Disability

The gym was bustling with people. It was a small gym, and the presence of so many families made it seem overly crowded. Metal folding chairs had been placed in rows facing the stage, and most were now either occupied … Continue reading

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Uniforms – Modified for Autistic Kid

It’s High School time for N. At our high school the kids wear uniforms.  It is a light tan bottom with a white polo style top– and while I love the idea of uniforms, those colours, for N, translate into “potential … Continue reading

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Are Social Events Possible, with a very Autistic Kid?

A few weekends ago, my dad’s long term care home held their annual BBQ.  We had gone the previous year, with N and my mother, and it was a fun event at which  N behaved admirably well.  So when it was time to … Continue reading

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Five Christmas ideas for an older Boy with Autism and/or Developmental Disability

Christmas gift giving can be difficult, stressful, even emotionally painful, for friends and family of a youth with autism and/or developmental disability. A giver wants to please the gift recipient, and feels badly if the response to the gift is … Continue reading

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Summer vacation with autism

The sky had just begun to pale in the east when we set out. For me it would be a 10+ hour drive to Maine, in a jam packed SUV with four adult sized men. I was wedged against the … Continue reading

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A success Story: Public dining with Autism

We have had numerous dining fiascos with our autistic son. I cannot tell you how many times I have wished I could become invisible and exit the restaurant, unseen with him. Today, I am glad to report that there is … Continue reading

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Special Needs Moms

Found this poem on Pinterest and wanted to share it with you: You may think us “special moms” have it pretty rough. We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough. We’ve made it through the … Continue reading

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