Author Archives: Autism and Oughtisms

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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Support “The Sewell Foundation”? No thanks.

There has been a lot of media hype recently about “The Sewell Foundation,” and the family behind this charity. They got their story on the TV show Seven Sharp this week, and have had yet another article published about them on Stuff.co.nz. … Continue reading

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Justifying Murder?

I’ve seen a recent resurgence of my fellow autism parents being accused of justifying murder. They are accused of justifying murder because they bring up the issue of inadequate family support when faced with stories of parents murdering autistic children. The claim against … Continue reading

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Guest Post at Not PC: “In Fear of Vaccines?”

Writing about the link (or rather lack of a link) between vaccines and autism, always brings out passionate emotion. As a general rule I’ve chosen not to confront the topic head-on through my blog, for the reasons outlined in a post I did … Continue reading

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Failure of Support Services – A Friend in Need.

I have a friend who has been put in a situation that is frightening and unacceptable. This friend is an adult with autism, who lives here in New Zealand. She qualifies for support to help her live independently. But that crucial … Continue reading

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Medicating a Child for Autism. Part Two: People’s Reactions.

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The reactions that people have had to my eight year-old son starting on medication, have been mixed and surprising. I want to start though with the reactions I had expected, based on what I hear very regularly on national radio talk-back … Continue reading

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