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Activist, Astronaut, Athlete? I just want my son to speak!

DISCLAIMER: I wrote this just over 2 years ago (July 5, 2017), before the word “Autism” had ever been spoken in our house. I was reflecting on the big dreams of a first-time father in comparison to the more realistic wants of a parent hoping to hear their kid speak. My first-born doesn’t speak. To be fair to him he actually can’t speak. He has been in Early Interventions since he was 4 months old, delayed in many aspects of his development. We’re still working towards an official diagnosis for his speech delay but all signs point to developmental apraxia (aka Childhood…

Autism Advocate T-Shirts!

Excited to announce we have partnered with The Awesome Company to offer up some killer “Autism Advocate” shirts and a classic “Autism Dad” shirt. I ordered a couple shirts from them in the past and loved the quality and purpose behind the business. They employ adults with autism so the money you’re spending goes directly to support #actuallyautistic individuals who are working hard and enjoying their jobs. I even got a hand-signed note in my package from an employee thanking me for the order, for giving them an opportunity to work and contribute. Such an awesome gesture and a wonderful…

Welcome to the Club!

If you are reading this then there is a strong chance that you recently found out that your domestic job title was changing from Dad to “Autism Dad” or “Special Needs Dad” or something similar. This new job will likely be more demanding than your previous role and, like it or not, comes with more responsibilities. Effective immediately. In all reality, the operating costs for this new job will be higher than your previous position and the hours will be longer. Unless you are planning to completely abandon your post (that is, your role as a parent, partner and/or provider)…