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What an Experience! Final Project for Autism Class

SO our last assignment for class was to make a PSA and I decided to do three posters. Also I we had to do a letter of reflection which I will also post.

Last poster I did is a little big so I will post it in a link…

Movie night

Hope you like. This class was amazing and I learned so much!

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Switching Roles: Mother to Daughter

This was an assignment we were asked to do:

Begin crafting your own fictional narrative about parenting. You can compose this narrative in whatever form seems most fitting — an intro paragraph, a short scene, or dialogue. Then, in the remainder of your blog post, please reflect on this process (approx. 100-200 words). What about this was challenging? Easy? What ethical principles guided your representation? If you had more time or space to develop your character, what would you do or say? How did our class readings (especially Sinclair, Murphy, and Sicile-Kira) influence your character?

Switching Roles: Mother to Daughter

16 hours, 6 minutes and 6 seconds… that’s how long it took for my daughter Madison Savannah Lewis to arrive in this world. It took forever for her to come, but when she did I knew that she was going to be everything to me for the rest of my life. Madison was a bright child. She was always laughing and smiling. She didn’t cry a lot and I was thankful for that especially. My partner and I knew that this little life we brought into the world was going to be special and go many places.

When Madison turned two years old, we noticed she wasn’t doing a certain things babies her age were suppose to be doing. At first we thought we were just new to parenting and really you can’t predict when your child will do something. However, when Madison turned four we knew something was wrong. She hadn’t started walking a lot instead she would stay seated and wave her hands in the air for us to pick her up. And what I thought was her being just a quiet child, she was just not talking at all. There was no way she was ready for kindergarten.

We found out that Madison was autistic. She has PDD-NOS. We were shocked. We didn’t know much about the autism spectrum, and I fell immediately into a deep depression. How could this happen to us? After all the things my partner and I went through just for being gay, now we have an autistic child who will get judged as soon as anyone sees him. I didn’t want that for Madison. I didn’t want that at all.

What about this was challenging? Easy? What ethical principles guided your representation? If you had more time or space to develop your character, what would you do or say? How did our class readings (especially Sinclair, Murphy, and Sicile-Kira) influence your character?

The thing most challenging about writing this introduction was creating a scenario where I would have to make the parent think that autism was a tragedy. Studying autism has opened my eyes and I never thought of it as a tragedy or horrible thing. So writing as a parent and her first reaction to her autistic child was a little hard. If I had more time I would continue to the end of the first chapter in this story where we learn more of the mom’s first thoughts and how life changed for them all. The reading “Don’t Mourn For Us,” by Jim Sinclair influenced me a lot because if I continued the story all the way through Madison’s mom would go through the struggle of not having a normal child to accepting and realizing that her child is normal but different.

 

I started Early – Took my Dog – (656) by Emily Dickinson : The Poetry Foundation

I started Early – Took my Dog – (656) by Emily Dickinson : The Poetry Foundation.

Emily Dickinson:”The poet Emily Dickinson was a recluse and puzzling writer, and Vernon Smith believes she may have been autistic, too.” Online Graduate Programs

I’m not sure if Dickinson had autism but I know one thing, her work was amazing and different and even though sometimes I don’t know her motivation or inspiration for some poems, her work is definitely one of a kind and somthing I enjoy reading.

*I first learned of this poem in my autism class then I looked it up and found it on this site. So I must give credit. Thank you.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Autism, Narrative, and Character Development

For this blog we were asked (to make it simpler rather than me screwing up the paraphrasing):

For this blog post, we’d like you to write an introduction (approx. 150-250 words) to your own Autistic character. You can compose this introduction in whatever form seems most fitting — an intro paragraph, a short scene, or dialogue. Then, in the remainder of your blog post, please reflect on this process (approx. 100-200 words). What about this was challenging? Easy? What ethical principles guided your representation? If you had more time or space to develop your character, what would you do or say? How did our class readings (especially Curious Incident) influence your character?

HOWEVER,

Since I’m late posting this assignment, I wanted to post just a… I guess guidelines to writing about my character, who is actually a real human being. Here I asked his mother and brother to write about how they see DeAndre (who I mentioned in my first blog). I told them to write a brief biography and other things abut DeAndre. What they thought he would be like? What would be his likes and dislikes? And other questions like that.

So I only got a response from DeAndre’s mom (brother sucks, lol) and this is what she has to say:

  • DeAndre is a 5 year old little boy who was diagnosed as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. More specicifically he has a Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified. In short it is ASD – PDD/NOS.

    DeAndre does not talk but he has ways of expressing his needs and wants. DeAndre is also a very happy little boy, he’s always showing his emotions whether happy or sad. He loves people and loves to smile and laugh. When he’s very happy he does what we call his “happy dance”, where he jumps up and down and move his feet, left and right. It makes you want to dance with him. He also loves to give hugs and kisses. He also has that other side where he expresses when he is upset or mad about something, he has temper tantrums.

    Because DeAndre loves music I think he would probably study music in college. He loves the guaitar and loves to mimic playing it. He has toy guaitars all over the place and hopefully when he able to comprehend a little more we can get him started in early guaitar lessons. He also loves to mimic singing in a microphone. He will use anything that stands and closely resembles a microphone to do his performances.

    At the rate he is going, with the love and support of family and friends as well as his teachers, doctors and therapist, I believe DeAndre will be able to overcome this disorder and live a fulfilling life. His future looks bright.

    I’ve decided when I actually get time from my way too busy life to catch back up, I will definitely come back to this assignment and write a real narrative.

    *I got this picture from LaBonita’s (DeAndre’s mother) Facebook page. Thank you for your help!!

 

Something I came across on FB via Youtube… Truly Inspiring!

 

Blog Carnival: Adults Gone Missing?

Theme: Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Where Art Thou? Are They Not As Important?

Blog 1:  

The autistic community tends to forget the adult aspect of the issue.  With so many advancements in technology, people tend to forget that they can help adults as well as children.  Yes, children are the focal point of today’s autism argument, but adults are in need and could benefit from this technology.

 

Blog #2:

Resources and knowledge is lacking when it comes to autistic adults.  Often times there are not many options when it comes to this often forgotten group.  It’s hard to help and properly care for these people when people don’t know how to.

 

Blog #3: 

Adults with autism often have a limited voice in today’s media.  This is due to the lack of knowledge and ignorance on how to approach the issue.  Often “experts” try to take the helm, but fall short since they more than likely don’t have the first hand experience.  If autistic adults are ever to be helped, then it is up to everyone to allow them to participate in discussions concerning them.

 

Blog #4:

Adults with disabilities remind those without disability. It reminds people that life is unpredictable and that anything can happen to anyone anytime at any place. Life can be cruel and this can tie into the fact that adults with autism are getting the end of the stick when it comes tom services and funding. Thankfully some parents think of the long term plan for their children and plan accordingly and supporting foundations that remember the adult diagnosed on the ASD.

Blog #5: 

The population of autistic adults is steadily growing.  It is up to the community at large to come up with proactive ways to help everyone cope with the various issues associated with this population. Committees and family involvement are two primary methods of helping. Whether it’s having meetings with everyone in the area, or tackling the issue head on, raising awareness is key to the success of individuals being able to accept and potentially remedy these issues

Blog #6:

 Guest post on Aspie Teacher’s blog by Michael Drejer talks about being employed and having Asperger’s syndrome. He explains how it is possible to get a job, and the pro’s and con’s that comes with it for the one with Asperger’s and for the companies that hire these disabled persons. He reminds people with autism that just because you may be disabled does not mean that you cannot have a job. Take advantaged of it and do what you can to live a great and successful life.

Blog #7:

Like the previous blog this blog talks about working and having autism. Tracey Daigneau, M.Ed., Director of Day Services at New England Village talks about how New England Village has created True Meaning Jewelry which promotes autism awareness as well as employs autistic individuals as well. This line of work gives these special individuals pride in what they do as well as who they are.

Blog #8: 

With taking care of autistic adult come a lot of hard times and well as easy times. Here a woman takes us through a day of her changing world when taking care of her 23 year son who is autistic.

Blog #9: 

 Another aspect that can be covered with respect to the issue of autistic adults is the factor of gender.  There is a tendency to pay closer attention to the needs of males over those of females.  Females with AS are atypical in their interactions than “normal” females especially in regards to the ages and genders that they typically interact with.  Seeing articles with an accurate portrayal of female autistic people are rare.

 

Blog #10: 

Jason Ross creator of Drive Mom Crazy writes about how he first coped with being diagnosed with autism and how he had to get into the community with a encouraging push from his mom. He talks about his life with autism and the many things he was able and still is achieving being diagnosed with Asperger’s.

Every last word used is IMPORTANT!

 

Dear Parents, From Aspergers…