Sunday, September 09, 2007

SAYING WHAT SHOULDN'T NEED TO BE SAID (But Unfortunately Must Be Said)

I've been away from blogging for an extended period. I hope to get back into the swing of things soon, but in the meantime, others are saying what needs to be said. Check out this op-ed piece in Newsday, in which Lisa Dowler speaks for all of us in telling the other parents of the world that You Can't "Catch" Autism From a Play Date.

I'll be back soon (I hope).


Blogger María Luján said...

Hi Wade
Hope you and your familiy are OK.
Also I am waiting for your future posts.
The link you posted really touched me. My son is 6 and in a kinder with NT peers-besides his assistance to a special school. This is his second year on kinder with 5-years old peers because of his need of permanence on 5 years old- group one more year. The parents group have been very supportive and kind but I also think that there is a lot of things to improve in terms of information about autism. Unfortunately, misinformation is the rule.
My heart is with the autistic child and the mom of your post. Many times the fear to this kind of answer is present and even if I have the courage to contact when my child has demonstrated affinity with a peer ( and viceversa) I feel that I must be prepared always for this.

9/9/07, 3:10 PM  
Blogger Brett said...


Good to hear from you again.

I don't know if "other" parents fears are that their kids will catch autism as their fears are that their kids - and the whole family, by extension - may be 'contaminated' by being involved with someone 'inferior.' Unfortunately, status is a big deal for a lot of people, and being seen with someone so obviously without status (from those people's point of view) is a sure-fire way to lose some of their own status.

That's the advantage of not really caring what other people think - you can associate with whomever you like.

Take care.

9/14/07, 9:37 AM  
Blogger Casdok said...

Poeples ignorance is mind blowing!

9/19/07, 9:57 AM  
Blogger Dadof6Autistickids said...

I found an 'Autism guide' for parents and teachers on the website of the National Education Association (NEA). It has a LOT of good info that parents should make sure their school district and teachers of your children have AND use. I thought you and or your
readers would find it useful.

I have more details and the link on our blog.

Good luck!

9/23/07, 11:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you for your honesty and sincerity in sharing from your heart.
I am a parent of a 12 year son with autism and appreciate your willingness to share and reach out.

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10/9/07, 9:44 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Wade, just popping in to say hello and I hope you're well. Miss your (written) voice.

10/19/07, 2:53 PM  

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