Children’s Book about Autism and Friendships

Friendships are so important because friends love and accept you as you. As an Autistic paraprofessional who works with elementary school students with disabilities in various classroom settings, it is important to teach peers in the classroom about Autism. Also, it is important to teach peers in the classroom about being a friend to anyone, including people with disabilities. Here is a brand new children’s book to check out:

This brand new children’s book is by a young, Autism and disabilities advocate named Timothy Rohrer. He advocates about inclusion and educates about Autism and various disabilities. In this brand new book, Timothy transforms into the main character, Timmy. Timmy shares Timothy’s journey on the Autism spectrum and the importance of friendships. If you are interested to read this book, purchase it on Amazon!

Employment

In the world today, we still face an issue about Autistic adults gaining employment, especially for a dream career. A lot has to do with the balance between level of education and work/volunteer experiences. No matter what, workplaces should be focusing on the individual themselves, especially for their talents and strengths that are already part of them. These are some examples of strengths and talents of Autistic individuals when it comes to the workplace:

The good news is that there are a lot of great companies out there in the world already that became inclusive for hiring Autistic adults. Check out this website to find out some inclusive work companies here: https://www.appliedbehavioranalysisprograms.com/companies-for-people-with-autism/

100th Blog Post and Blog Anniversary!

Today is a big day for the blog, “The World of Autism”! I celebrate 100 blog publications now, and its the blog’s 2 year anniversary! Want to know how the blog was created!?

The blog was first created back in spring of 2019. I was thinking of ideas for my social media class when I was attending my last semester of my community college. My mom thought of an idea that I should create a blog about my life experiences being Autistic. Plus, my mom shared a blog would help me improve on my writing skills. That was how the blog came to be!

The blog was originally just about my life experiences being Autistic. Over the past couple of years, it became more than just that. The blog came to be as it is today, thanks to everyone’s’ contribution in the community! By providing various experiences, this helps our world with increasing awareness, appreciation, acceptance, and advocacy.

Get ready for more of the following here on “The World of Autism”: my life experiences being Autistic, guest interviews from everyone in the community who are impacted, guest story blogs from self-advocates, information about Autism, and etc.

Autism Month

Every April is Autism month. Although, everyday is journey for all Autistics. Over the years, the community has been pushing for the world to go from awareness to acceptance and advocacy. Acceptance becomes more than just awareness and appreciation because it becomes everyday living. People learn to embrace others with no judgements. Also, people learn to show compassion, sensitivity, and empathy towards others. Here are some ways to grow on acceptance and advocacy:

  1. The world needs to keep in open mind.
    • Get to know every individual as themselves beyond their diagnosis while keeping in mind. Embrace with love and no judgements.
  2. Make the first approach towards Autistic individuals.
    • EX #1: Parents should encourage peers to say ‘hello”, find out shared interests, and ask to play games with them. This can help create more friendships!
    • EX #2: Workplaces should ask Autistic employees about tasks in the workplace itself that match with their strengths. Communication is key, and this can help create more inclusive work environments!
  3. Develop programs, services, and events to meet needs of Autistic individuals.
    • EX #1: I was in a social skills program created by my speech language pathologist in my middle school years, and I learned to make my own group of best friends.
    • EX #2: Utilize Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) of Autistic students in generalized environments within schools, such as specials, academics, and etc.
  4. Create organizations to bring the community together.
    • EX #1: There are many great organizations throughout the U.S that are designed to meet the needs of families and autistic individuals. Organizations vary state by state.
    • EX #2: Social media can be utilized for support groups for everyone! Bridge the Gap!

Poem #2: “The Malingerer Goes to the Movies”

The poetry collection series continues here on, “The World of Autism”, by collaborating with another self-advocate from the community, Scott Norman Rosenthal! He was a guest on the blog. Scott Norman grew up writing poetry, and he wanted to share some of his own poems here. The 2nd poem in the series is by Scott called, “The Malingerer Goes to the Movies”:

   “The Malingerer Goes to the Movies,”

          (a Dis-Ability Coming-Out  poem,  for Colin Kempner, and Judith Wright)

                                        1.

                         You’re sitting there,

                and it’s getting harder to breathe.

               It feels as if a little man,  like a gnome,

                           has crept up the back of your seat,

                and dropped a net into your head,

                                    over your brain…

    You glance at the woman sitting next to you,

                   and she isn’t there…

    You look at the screen, and it seems unreal,

                   like a bad film…

                        Are you in a theater at all?

                 Are you in a room filled with water?

                     ARE THERE ANY PEOPLE HERE!?   

                                      2.

        Show’s over, you’re out in the parking lot,

                         wondering how to get home…

                                         (Scott Norman Rosenthal, Autumn ’82)

                      

My biggest change: new life in Florida

March 27th, 2021: Pool day at community clubhouse before celebrating Passover the same day! #PassoverinParadise

After almost 20 years of living in New Jersey, my family and I moved to Florida in mid-March of 2021. I experienced ups and downs with this change. I was stubborn and stressed out by the amount of cleaning I did for my old house, inorder to keep it clean and maintained, and the amount of packing and loading of moving pods while studying for college. I was crying sometimes too. I had some emotional attachment to my house that I have grown up in. Plus, I knew I was going to miss my friends and all of my best friends in NJ, NY, and Staten Island so much! You know who you are! Most of all, I knew was going to miss my younger brother, since he still attends college in New Jersey; I know I will be with him real soon. On the other hand, I knew in my mind I was so ready for the change in environment. More importantly, I was ready for a new fresh start in my life.

Now that I have been living in Florida for almost a month, I have been adjusting well. I have been video chatting with my older sister and younger brother every week, once a week. I love the warm weather and sunny days! There have been some cooler days, but I still spend time out. I have been outside and active with my family. For the most part, we have been going for walks everyday. I have been going to the community clubhouse to hangout by the pool and hotub. Inside the community clubhouse, I have been playing pool. I have been exploring around my new home town, such as the giant mall center, main street, parks, and etc. I live in a town where there are endless things to do!

I cannot wait to make so many memories in Florida! I look forward to meeting new people and reuniting with some people I have known since high school who live in Florida. Cheers to a start of a new life journey in Florida!

Poem #1: “What do feelings look like?”

Huge news as we get ready for Autism Awareness month!! A poetry series collection is starting here on “The World Of Autism” by collaborating with Mike McDonald, who was one of my guests featured on my blog. Mike McDonald is a young adult on the Autism spectrum, and one of his special interests is poetry. Here is the first poem by Mike called, “What do feelings look like?” :

What do feelings look like?

I don’t see emotions

instead I see

a strange puzzle

that leaves me

perplexed

a puzzle that

you think you got

the right pieces in

but when you look

closely

it looks like

an abstract painting

the shapes

very

oddly

placed

in my mind

that it

leaves me

on edge

Perede Patricia

This guest story is by Miss. Perede Patricia. She is an educator who teaches to students living with Autism in Nigeria! She is very passionate in bringing out the best in every Autistic child.

Autism is a developmental disorder, which affects the ability to communicate and interact effectively.  Autism is also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, it is worthy to note that Autism is not a disease; It is not contagious like most people believe. From the Africans’ perception, Autism is not associated with IMBECILITY or WITCH CRAFT. Please understand these facts and disregard these myths about Autism.

An Autistic child is a child who understands his or her world from a different perception, which everybody needs to understand.  For example, you may see Letter A as Letter A, but that Autistic child may see Letter A as an “Umbrella” or even “Rat”. Working with Autistic children brings me fulfillment and joy; These children are loaded with potential. I met a 7 year old , Autistic child with a lot of challenges. She was aggressive in her behavior, speech impairment, inability to write and read like her classmates. My first discovery about this child was she needs LOVE and special attention . I became her best friend , then the aggressive behavior ceased. After that l taught her how to hold her pencil and crayon, she started coloring and scribbling. At first it was really challenging for her, but with time, she got used to it. Overtime, l could understand her keen interest to write, so l quickly introduce her to different writing patterns and tracing of her Alphabets and numbers. It took her 2 months to properly write her letters and numbers. It was wow-wow experience!

Now this child is 9 years old. She can perfectly write her Numbers and Alphabets without Assistance, she can read and spell Simple words and write simple Sentences by herself and above all she can express herself. This child was stigmatized and isolated because she is Autistic, but what really surprised me is that this particular child can spell 50 words without assistance; This is what other normal kids find it difficult to do. In conclusion, don’t stigmatized or discriminate any autistic child; These kids are loaded with a lot of potential, and they only need someone who believes in them.

David Sharif’s topic: Pandemic Perseverance

What does “Pandemic Perseverance” mean to you? As we all know, the past year has changed our entire world because of the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone had to adapt and make changes, but we learned we are strong in our own ways and together as a community. David Sharif comes back to share this important topic to the community! Watch the discussion to hear David’s message here:

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