Mountain Xpress article about Family Support Network

Hi everyone! New real blog post coming later this week, but I wanted to link to an article about Family Support Network in this week’s Mountain Xpress, an independent publication in Asheville and Western North Carolina. I’m included in the piece. I have several formal roles with FSN — trainer, support parent, chair of the…

Ray and Nicholas Hemachandra

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

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…