Oola: My Journey of Self-Discovery and Balance – June 23 to July 1: Optimism

How do you define tragedy? For some it is a major incident like losing money or losing a job or some other life-altering loss. For others, it can be as minor as a change in a routine. Now, imagine you are at a crossroads. For you, a minor change can be devastating and today you […]

Isaiah Goes to SXSW Gaming Expo – Day 3, The Finale

When most people face minor disappointments, such as not winning the prize they were hoping for, they might be a little sad, but they are able to shake it off and move on. That is seldom the case when you live on the Autism spectrum. There are no such things as minor disappointments, and processing […]

Isaiah Goes to SXSW Gaming Expo – Day 2

Life on the Spectrum functions best when on a schedule, so when that schedule is off, even by just a minute or two, things tend to get a little distressing. The good news is that because Isaiah is maturing, he is able to handle these setbacks with greater ease and is able to recover more […]

Isaiah Goes to SXSW Gaming Expo – Day 1

Life on the autism spectrum can have its challenges, especially when you are higher functioning and “look normal.” For individuals like  Isaiah, getting to know people and engaging in conversation often poses unique challenges because the nuances of language often escape them. Sarcasm, facial expressions, and tone of voice can be misinterpreted leading to misunderstanding, […]

Conquering the World One Convention at a Time

Hello, my internet family! It has been a few years since I put a call out for assistance when my Autistic/Asperger’s son attended his first Comic Con (Wizard World). You all showed up in superb form and were extremely helpful with your stories and pictures and advice. You all made his experience so much richer […]

Making the Impossible Happen

I cannot tell you how disappointed I am when I hear parents talk about their autistic children as though it were a tragedy. They talk as though their lives are over. They say things like, “My child was taken from me when we got the diagnosis” or “How’s he ever going to make friends?” First […]