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Vaccines and My Autism

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October 5, 2020 James Williams is an autistic self-advocate who travels and speaks all over the country. He was invited to the Vaccine Injury Awareness Walk in Grand Rapids, MI, this week, and this is the vaccine injury story he submitted. … Continue reading

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Autumn’s Challenge: Struggling with Transitions

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October 1, 2020 Let’s talk transitions. We are struggling here with transitions at the moment. I have always found the transition from summer to autumn has a melancholic edge. I think this is exacerbated by being in education–it always coincides … Continue reading

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On Playing Special-Needs Parenting Chess

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September 25, 2020 Parenting children with special needs or complex medical needs can be like a chess game. As I put on makeup, preparing to take my son to a new doctor, I remember so many times when I put … Continue reading

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Towards a New Conversation

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September 17, 2020 When I was studying architecture in the 1980s, the treatises and manifestos of famous architects were required reading. One of the most popular was a collection of essays called Towards a New Architecture, written by French architect … Continue reading

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Autism and Aggression: Why Loving Parents Sometimes Need to Call 911

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You’ve probably seen the story floating around in your newsfeed about the 13-year-old boy with autism who, in the midst of a mental health crisis, was shot as he ran away by the police who had been called in to … Continue reading

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To Mask or Not to Mask: Declaring a Truce

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June 29, 2020 Like today’s guest blogger, Dr. Cammy Benton, we at TMR have noticed an increasingly hostile face off between those who deeply believe that face masks are a universal good and those who don’t. We don’t feel the hostility … Continue reading

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Caregiver Reciprocity: How Can We Work Together to Craft Better Lives?

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May 20, 2020 I’ve talked about and written about the concept of caregiver fatigue over the years. It’s a thing. I know that I’ve hit that point more than once. I’ve talked about how hard this special-needs parenting journey is, … Continue reading

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Protect the Vulnerable?

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May 18, 2020 I will admit that every day of this triggers A lot of emotions. It’s hard to hear how everyone should be “in it together,” or that we have to “protect the vulnerable,” with nobody comprehending that this … Continue reading

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When People Say Trust Your Doctor, I Say Trust Your Experience

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February 26, 2020 I was about 20 when a physician told me my pain was all in my head and that I just needed to reduce stress. I quit my college job and dropped a class . . . then had … Continue reading

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Autism Housing Crisis: Message in a Bottle before the Tsunami

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February 25, 2020 This is a topic worse than politics or religion. It is a topic that many actively address daily by way of status updates on Facebook, but posting and commenting are not going to change the urgency. This … Continue reading

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