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Autism is not the problem

By Maxine and Daniel

The top 12 things parents of kids on the spectrum want you to know

1. Please play nice.

It’s simple: An empathetic listener with an understanding of Asperger’s and of the effort it takes to raise a child with Asperger’s is rare—so rare that all of us parents can share with you the names of just one or two autism angels who have made us feel stronger, feel heard and understood, feel supported, and feel less alone in a journey that often seems without end. The effort is from trying to support ...

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Top five reasons autism acceptance is an oxymoron

By Maxine and Daniel

1) There are too many educators who can barely contain their contempt for ASD diagnoses in bright, precociously verbal balls of energy who cannot sit still, cannot start or finish their work, talk too loudly and don’t remember what they were just asked to do.

They don’t accept the autism diagnosis. It’s just bad behavior and bad parenting.

2) Teachers know nothing about autism when they get their degrees. It is not a mandatory part of their training—and yet they must teach our children who learn and think in unique and wonderful ...

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