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Month: January 2019

Book Review: My Son is Not Rainman

Written by a single father who is also a stand-up comedian, this book balances humor and humility with ease. Author John Williams is straight-forward about his experience, opening up old wounds and giving us all an intimate look into life with a child who has autism and cerebral palsy. It is funny, without question. It’s also sad and honest and an incredible read. From his reaction to not one but two diagnoses to figuring out how to coparent all while battling severe mental health issues and struggling to keep solid employment, “My Son is Not Rainman” is, quite simply, a…

Follow these #actuallyautistic Instagram Accounts

If you have an autistic child and aren’t following any actually autistic people, you’re missing a huge opportunity to gain insights from those living the autistic experience. I’ve learned so much from those that are open to sharing and really put themselves out there. They’ve provided me with a perspective that I could’ve never achieved on my own. We learn about parenting from other parents and we should be learning about autism from autistics. I’ve made a list of some of my favorite #actuallyautistic Instagram accounts and would love for you all to leave comments with accounts you think are worth the…

Interview 001: Michael

Meet Michael, an actor and autism dad living with his family in sunny Los Angeles. He sits down and opens up about his experience as a father of an autistic teenager: what he felt like when they got the diagnosis, what acceptance means to him and the joy of playing music with his son. Michael talks about his relationship with his son’s mother and how his friends have helped him connect with his son. You can see the love he has for his son and feel the pride that he carries as a father. Check out his video confession and…