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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Breaking News: House Passes CARA; Top Ten Terrific Traits of People with Autism; Taking the Mystery Out of IEP's

"...History suggests that many individuals whom we would today diagnose as autistic---some severely so---contributed profoundly to our art, our math, our science and our literature."---Morton Gernsbacher, parent of a child with Autism.
(I would also add they've contributed to our overall culture in very positive ways)---Editor


The House of Representatives passed The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA). This legislation authorizes $693 million in funding for three additional fiscal years. A personal thank you to all who contacted their representatives advocating for the extending of this very important legislation. Kudos to all!

Autism Support Network ran a terrific piece recently entitled, "Top 10 Terrific Traits Of Autistic People." In short, these traits include, but are not limited to, the following (note: I only use "people first" language, so the text will not always match that of ASN):

  • People with Autism Rarely Lie
  • People on the Autism Spectrum Live in the Moment
  • People with Autism Rarely Judge Others
  • People with Autism Are Passionate
  • People with Autism Are Not Tied To Social Expectations
  • People with Autism Have Terrific Memories
  • People with Autism Are Less Materialistic
  • People with Autism Play Fewer Head Games
  • People with Autism Have Fewer Hidden Agendas
  • People with Autism Open New Doors for Neurotypicals

Allow me a moment to add two more terrific traits to this list.
  • People with Autism Are Very Smart and---just as important--- Very Cool!