Ladles of LOVE #AutismPositivity2015

We could all use a little positivity – even better, some every day! Here’s the pause that refreshes!

Autism Positivity Day Flash Blog

By Kelly Green

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For the 4th Autism Positivity Day Flash Blog you know what I am serving up.
Same bat time, same bat channel!!

Ladles of LOVE. Yes, big oversized spoons “ full of it.”

Nothing more comforting than a large helping of LOVE, in an “over sized spoon” A spoon that will refill with love and support for ALL Autistic people. All day, every day. Infinitely.

It’s what we all deserve. It is what we are ALL calling for, yearning for, working for. An every day world, full of: full on love. Where people look at each other through the eyes of acceptance. Without comparison. Knowing full well that each and every one of us has a special mission. Whatever that is, whatever that looks like and it is spectacularly beautiful no matter how it diverges from you and your subset of beauty.

There is no comparing humanity. It is all beautifully needed…

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13 Asperger’s and Autism Myths Debunked!

13 Asperger’s and Autism Myths Debunked!

Understanding Asperger’s and autism is the first step toward accepting. When we understand the abilities people with disabilities have, as well as the challenges they face, we can accept them as members of our human community. And a strong community built on mutual respect and understanding benefits all members. A teen offers his perspective on growing up with Asperger’s.

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Several people suggested to me awhile ago that I should make a post about this. I think it’s a pretty important topic and there certainly is no shortage of myths about Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome!

Myth no. 1Everyone with Asperger’s has savant abilities and a high IQ

While it is true that most people with Asperger’s are very skilled or knowledgeable in one or more specific areas, it is not true that everyone with Asperger’s has a really high IQ. It may be true that Asperger’s is more common in those with savant abilities but not visa-versa; there is as much variance in intelligence levels in people with Asperger’s as there are in the rest of society. Most people with Asperger’s will have an average or high average IQ. It is also worth noting that people with Asperger’s usually have an unusual intelligence profile. For example when I was given a…

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Wladyslav Bartoszewski Passes Away, Only Days after Giving Speech to Commemorate Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski fought for Poland and the Jews during World War II and after.  He was a member of the Home Army and Zegota, as well as a survivor of Auschwitz.  His death occurred quietly, at age 93, just days after giving a speech to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.  He is honored among the Righteous Among the Nations, honorary Israeli citizen, and Polish hero.

The New York Times obituary is here:  http://nyti.ms/1JNWGNt

Springtime Heralds World Down Syndrome Day

March 21.  Spring is finally here.  It’s the vernal equinox; days are now longer than nights.  And Saturday, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day.  This special day is to raise awareness and highlight the many positive qualities of people with Down syndrome, as well as to increase public understanding and civil discourse.  This year will mark the 10th annual World Down Syndrome Day, the fourth since was recognized by the U.N., in 2011.  Across the world, people with Down syndrome, their families, friends, teachers, co-workers, and supporters will be observing this special day.  March 21 is symbolic: as the 21st day of the third month, it represents the third copy of the 21st chromosome that characterizes Down syndrome.

World Down Syndrome Day 2015

     The theme of this year’s event, according to Down Syndrome International (DSI), is “My Opportunities, My Choices.  Enjoying Full and Equal Rights and the Role of Families.”   According to DSI, “On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.”

The official statement of NDSS is, “We are able to do things that other people can and can’t do – just like anybody around the world.”

In the U.S., the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) provides a wealth of information via its Web site and social media.

  • First, here are the facts:
  • With facts in hand, it’s time to dispel myths and misconceptions of Down syndrome   For example, Down syndrome is not a rare disability. It is not hereditary. It is not more common among older parents.  People with Down syndrome do not have short lives.  Children and adults with Down syndrome do not have severe cognitive delays (and we must never use the R-word).
  • People with Down syndrome can share their Great Story online to inspire and inform others.
  • NDSS is seeking 21 people with that extra copy of the 21st chromosome to join Team NDSS21 in a fundraising spectacular.

If you are in New York City, be sure to check out the landmark Empire State Building, which will be illuminated in green, as part of an effort among several Down syndrome advocacy groups promoting “Random Acts of Kindness.”

Adds NDSS Ambassador, actor Chris Burke, “No matter who we are or where we live, give us a chance to do something with our lives so we can look forward to the future.”

Fred Rogers – When I Was Little Again

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Fred Rogers, who died of cancer 12 years ago today (February 27, 2014), has words of kindness to the children he loved.  Yes, these children who are now in their 30s and 40s.  PBS posted this wonderful 2002 video interview with Mr. Rogers.  Rest assured, Mister Rogers, we love you too.  And send you a great big hug.

http://www.fredrogers.org/frc/news/mister-rogers-message-his-neighbors

just like me

just like me

A heartfelt and honest depiction of autism (and other cognitive disabilities) in the family. This is a beutifully written piece.

a diary of a mom

The questions took me back to that feeling, that desperate, lonely, feeling of being a broken version of everyone else around me. I remember how it felt to never have a character in a book, movie, t.v. show, or a song on the radio reflect who I was. I remember the feeling of looking around and simply never ever seeing myself.

Community Means A Lot Of Things , Outrunning the Storm

It is Superbowl Sunday, but Brooke and I are on a mission that has as much to do with football as, well, something that has nothing to do with football. Her Princess Ice Cream Party is in three hours, and we’re off to the market for the ice cream. But first, we’ve stopped for breakfast.

“Who else had an EEG?” she asks, as we cross the parking lot toward the bagel shop. She still pronounces it as a word…

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Looking Back on the Nobel Peace Prize Winners of 2014

New Year’s Day is usually a time to look ahead.  It is also a good time to look back and reflect.  A most notable event occurred: the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to two extraordinary advocates for children.  The Nobel Committee announced both winners, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, in October; in December, both were honored publicly.

Malala Yousafzai is world famous for continuing to advocate for the education of all children, especially the poor and girls. She was shot and left for dead by Taliban extremists for an everyday act children around the world perform: going to school.  In fact, these rights are enshrined in Articles 23 and 28 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.  And it is for her advocacy more than her victimhood for which Malala is so widely admired.  She gave an impassioned speech.

Kailash Satyarthi has dedicated the last 30 years of his life freeing more than 70,000 of India’s children from the slavery of child labor.  Child laborers, of course, are also denied the right to and education – and a future.  The New York Times wrote about him on October 10.  He gave a humble speech, reflecting his Gandhian dedication to enduring peaceful change.

A Pakistani Muslim and an Indian Hindu – “the choice seemed to speak to a desire to transcend differences and forge a common campaign in support of dispossessed children across the globe,” said Alan Cowell in a beautiful tribute to the pair when they were officially honored on December 10.  This historic event was certainly in the spirit of Janusz Korczak.Kailash_Satyarthi Malala_Yousafzai_at_Girl_Summit_2014