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Devaluing Hindsight as a Parent of a Child with a Disability

By Barb Cohen, Guest Blogger

What If The Lesson to Learn Is That There Is No Lesson?

Hindsight in parenting rarely accounts for the complexity of the moment.

Suppose your child received feedback on her first assignment in college and called to say, “It turns out I was supposed to…

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The Greatest Show on Earth vs a Disability Awareness Training

By Bill Sitter, Self-Advocate with Autism

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 movie about the life of P.T. Barnum and how he built a circus empire. A key entertainment in his show were individuals called “freaks.” Many of those folks had various types of disabilities.

The…

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Julia on Sesame Street and the Disability Awareness Players

A guest blog by Bill Sitter

At JJsList.com we always say, “When you have met one person with a disability, you have met one person with a disability.” It’s all about focusing on the person as an individual who is part of a group rather than as an…

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Could This Be Game-Changing Autism Research?

Assistant Professor Alysson Muotri, UC San Diego

Recently, an article by NBC San Diego entitled “UC San Diego Autism Research Described as ‘Game Changer’” has come to our attention. Researchers at UC San Diego have taken stem cells from children with autism and converted them into…

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Autism On The Job: Really?

SAP employees Patrick Brophy, right, and coach David Sweeney. Ciaran Dolan for The Wall Street Journal

Recently, an article in The Wall Street Journal came to our attention. While it is a step in the right direction, we do have a couple of issues with the…

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A Business Model For All Businesses

On a cold, foggy afternoon, The No Boundaries team took a trip out to Downers Grove to visit AutonomyWorks.  AutonomyWorks is a company that employs people with autism to do data entry work.

At AutonomyWorks we taught the associates 1 + 1 communication skills. 1 +…

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How Mentoring Kids on the Autism Spectrum Changed My Life

09/04/13 - Guest Blogger - 9 Comments

jjslist.com volunteer Ira shares his mentoring story.

I’m a young adult diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome who mentors two teenage boys with High-Functioning Autism.

When I was their age, although I related much better to adults than my peers, I didn’t know any adults like myself. And for…

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Connecticut School Shooting. Man in newtown jacket mourns

Don’t Blame Newtown Shooting on Autism

Official seal of Newtown, Connecticut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With this month’s horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the town of almost 30,000 citizens mourned and grieved the loss of 26 people; 20 of whom were children around the ages of seven to ten….

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Refrigerator Mothers Now More Relevant Than Ever

April is Autism Awareness Month. Ten years after the original national PBS broadcast of Refrigerator Mothers, the multiple award-winning documentary which JJ Hanley produced about unfounded mother blame in the treatment of this baffling disorder, the film’s poignant stories and powerful message is more relevant…

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Picture of MBA Mommy

D-blogger of the month: MBA Mommy

Have you ever picked up one of those books that you just. couldn’t. put. down? Didn’t matter that you had to get up at the crack of dawn the next day… you just wanted to keep going.

That’s what it was like for me reading the…

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