Monday, June 28, 2010

Inspirational video for us all

 Please watch this inspirational Youtube video of Jeremy Sicile-Kira's High School Commencement Speech. Using assisted speech technology, Jeremy presented his speech. 
Awesome speech and congrats Jeremy.
Jeremy's mother, Chantal, is an author of various excellent books regarding Autism.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Books on Autism

 "Louise's Autism Info Shoppe"

As a parent of a child who has been newly diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum, or perhaps you are interested in learning more about what Autism means for a family member or friend, or your may be hoping to learn more for study reasons, reading quality and accurate information by those wonderful souls on the Spectrum who can offer a very real and unique perspective, is something I highly recommend.
Books such as
 Exposure Anxiety - The Invisible Cage: An Exploration of Self-Protection Responses in the Autism Spectrum and Beyond
"Exposure Anxiety - The Invisible Cage..." by Donna Williams,
The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's

"The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Aspergers" by Dr. Temple Grandin,
 Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Second Edition

"Beyond The Wall: Personal Experiences With Autism and Aspergers Syndrome" by Stephen Shore, are just some of those unique and invaluable sources of 'insider' information and education regarding living with Autism and what it means for the individual and their experience of life.
These wonderful Autistic souls (writers) books are a great place to start your greater understanding of the Autism Spectrum.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Inspirational Autism Quotes

When we seek an inspirational quote about Autism, we may be looking for just the right group (sentence?) of words which can describe a heart felt feeling, thought or even such group of words can become a personal mantra which we say to ourselves regularly to give us a sense of peace, confirm our beliefs or desires, express our understanding of and compassion for our Autistic children, partners or friends and so on.
Inspirational quotes can also give us the strength to 'carry on' when 'times' are hard or somewhat difficult: when we are feeling sad or unsure about life or even at the other end of the 'spectrum' - when we are in a 'good place' emotionally, physically and so on.
Sometimes inspirational quotes give us the drive to carry on and confirm our beliefs in what we trully hold dear to our hearts. A well designed/written quote can sum up in even just a sentence a powerful feeling, belief or thought which touches or is cemented in your soul.
Many people who have visited this site are keen to discover the 'right' quote to qualify such feelings, beliefs or thoughts. Many of these quotes will be used to share with others and to help promote understanding, compassion, empathy and respect for the souls who are on the Spectrum and their families.
So, what I will add to this post, as I find them, are direct links to net sites, books, articles and whatever else I can find, which centre around quotes and/or poems for Autism.
Books/quotes on Autism by me
The Greatest  (generalist)
The Soul of Autism
to be continued.......

Monday, June 21, 2010

Donna Williams video - Exposure Anxiety

In this Youtube video (of approximately 10 minutes), Donna discusses Exposure Anxiety and how such impacts on the individual on the Autism Spectrum. Donna describes Exposure Anxiety as an "invisible cage", which is a very apt description of how Exposure Anxiety can envelop one and be something which can be very difficult to be freed from without the assistance of an empathetic and understanding person/helper/professional/parent/other.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Autism Awareness

This design is an example of some of the stickers, hoodies, windcheaters, badges and tshirts for children and adults, I have displayed on my Cafepress website. The more we display our pride and acceptance of our Autistic children, friends and colleagues, we increase the awareness and acceptance of Autism being a natural part of our world.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

"Autism Learning Disability Sleep" - article

Here is a lovely article from Stephen Simpson (UK), who is a fellow writer on Articlesbase. This article about "Autism Learning Disability Sleep" is easy to read and contains relevent and practical information surrounding the topic of sleep deprivation and difficulties for our carer families and children on the Spectrum.
Stephen Simpson is an Autism specialist and Learning Disability Nurse in the UK.