Author Archives: Autism and Oughtisms

Seinfeld’s Autism; A Symptom of So Much Else.

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Jerry Seinfeld recently shared the view that he feels he may be autistic, if autism was taken to a very “drawn-out scale.” Of course we all know that if you take autism to a very drawn-out scale, it’s not autism … Continue reading

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Blogging Anniversary #4 – Review of the past year.

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Each year on my blog’s anniversary, I have a look back on how far I’ve come, and share my most popular and noteworthy blog posts. It’s a good way for me to keep a record of how my blog is … Continue reading

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Review of Allen Frances’ “Saving Normal.”

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“Saving Normal” is a provocatively titled book by the equally provocative Allen Frances. He has at times been demonized in the autism community, particularly for his views about the over-expansion of the autism diagnosis; whereas many in the autism community … Continue reading

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Psychological Damage Caused By Using Government Disability Support Services

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Before I was a mother of an autistic child, I had certain presumptions about the services a family like mine would be entitled to. I thought mothers who had to quit their jobs to look after their high needs children … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Spotting Autism in Siblings

Whether I currently have one or two sons with autism, is waiting to be confirmed. I have an eight-year-old son whose autism was diagnosed at age three, and a second son who is strongly suspected to have autism but remains … Continue reading

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Information on NZ Political Parties & Disability, in the 2014 General Election.

It’s an election year here in New Zealand. Last time this event came around I created a post for each political party, looking at their attitudes, priorities and promises when it came to disability (and especially autism) in New Zealand. … Continue reading

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The Ever-Battling Narratives of “The Autism Parent.”

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Today I was contacted by a woman here in New Zealand, who wanted to share her research project with me – specifically she wanted to hear my thoughts on what she had written. The project written by Catherine Rivera-Puddle, is entitled … Continue reading

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Should Special Schools Be Shut Down? (Includes Poll)

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Should all special schools – schools that specifically and exclusively cater to children with special needs – be shut down? My personal experiences, and a look at the reality of what the two types of schooling have to offer, once made me … Continue reading

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Isolation

One of the most enduring experiences for me as the mother of an autistic child, is a deep and growing sense of isolation. No, not just a sense, a reality of isolation. There was a time when the reality was … Continue reading

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Surviving the Ignorance and Indifference of the Bureaucracy.

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A reader recently asked me how I keep going in the face of the exhaustion and frustration of dealing with people who stand in the way of your child receiving adequate support and services. Her question had other facets to it … Continue reading

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