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FAPE: Free And Appropriate Public Education

(Walking to public school!) In light of the recent public school teacher strike here in Los Angeles, I felt a renewed sense of gratitude for the resources and support Arizona has received as a student with disabilities. Years ago, as I was trying to navigate and understand how best my child’s educational needs would be met, […]

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World Autism Awareness Day 2018

(I wouldn’t change you for the world, but will change the world for YOU!) April is Autism Awareness Month and today (April 2) is World Autism Awareness DAY. This month is a global movement to help increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism — across the spectrum and throughout the life span. World Autism […]

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It’s Cool to Fly American

(Plane FUN!) Arizona and I were invited to participate in the AT&T and HollyRod Foundation event hosted by the American Airlines Abilities Employee Business Resource Group at LAX this past weekend. “It’s Cool to Fly American” is an “airport experience and rehearsal” event, having already taken place in airports across the country and finally coming […]

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What’s Wrong With Her?

(Shine bright, baby girl!) In the very early days of Arizona’s journey with doctor visits and assessments, it was  hard to explain to outsiders (family and close friends included) what exactly was going on with her. I was confused by the wide range of diagnostic terminology used to describe Arizona : auditory processing disorder, sensory […]

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Always an Advocate

(I got your back, baby girl) Not too long ago I was on hold with Delta Airlines, trying to convince them that my daughter and I needed to be seated together on an upcoming flight to visit my family in Ohio. I had purchased the tickets online, after being told that I could select two […]

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Autism Family Night with HollyRod

(A fun night for Arizona) Arizona and I were honored to be invited to an autism night for families at the Aquarium of the Pacific, thrown by the HollyRod Foundation. The annual My Brother Charlie Family Fun Day / Night is held at a different venue every year and provides families living with autism a […]

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Autism & Friendship

(Marley Bleu and Arizona Ray, true blue friends) One of the things they always told me about autism is that Arizona might never have friends. I remember, early on, sitting in IEP meetings and listening to the school psychologists shake their heads and look at me sympathetically when I asked questions about what my daughter’s […]

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The R-Word

(www.r-word.org) I always cringe when I hear the words “retard” or “retarded”, no matter what the context. I am sensitive to the negative connotations of the R-word because of my daughter’s disabilities and want to do my part in raising awareness about ending the use of this highly derogatory word. Today (March 2, 2016) is […]

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Spotlight : The Segerstrom Center of the Arts

(Arizona at a performance of Mary Poppins, for the 25 minutes we lasted!) The Segerstrom Center of the Arts located in Orange County (Southern California), has just announced that it will start offering sensory friendly versions of some of its Family Series performances during their 2015-2016 season. These performances were specifically created to accommodate children […]

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A Trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

This past weekend, I took Arizona to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Theme parks have typically been challenging outings. Arizona tends to get over-stimulated by so many sights and sounds. This can cause her to “tune out” and become dysregulated. In the past, it has also been difficult for her to stand still (and […]

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