Roads Not Taken: Lessons in Autism, Inclusion, and Life

Most of us tend to interpret the world in ways that validate the choices we’ve made and confirm our rightness. People on differing sides of an issue — or an idea — will often interpret the same event, the same circumstances, or the same fact through the prism of their pre-existing opinions and thus draw…

Ray and Nicholas Hemachandra sitting by the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina (photo by Kristi Pfeiffer)

Top 10 List: Things to Remember When Working with Autistic and Other Disabled Children

I recently did a recorded presentation for an online class at Western Carolina University–Biltmore Campus for students working to become special-ed teachers, counselors, and therapists. I’ve done a good number of such talks, usually in person, over the years at TEACCH, UNC–Asheville, Blue Ridge Community College, Western Carolina University, local medical groups, autism camps like…

Autism and Grief

I don’t mourn my son’s life. I celebrate it. My son is 12 years old and very much alive. In the autism community specifically, and in the special-needs community generally, no small amount of conversation, writing, therapy, and individual and group support is dedicated to grieving. I started to write this post with the intention…