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Living On Your Own

You may have been expecting a blog about pets and I was hoping to have my dog, Bridget, join us, but she is taking a nap right now and as they say…let sleeping dogs lie. Instead, I am going to talk about living independently and what it can be like to leave the...

“Will You Go Out With Me?”

This is one of the most difficult questions that people with autism can ask someone and it is also one that, if heard by someone with autism, can make their day, week, month or even year!  “Will you go out with me?” All of us want to be loved and desired...

How a Role Model Can Change Your Life

At some point in our lives, we all look up to someone or aspire to be like someone in order to give us hope, motivation, moral standards and even to help unleash the potential each and every one of us has.  That person could be one or both of your parents, a friend, a...

Humor and Its Effect on Life

It has been said that laughter is the best medicine and a lot of healing and betterment can come from the ability to be funny and to see the humor in almost any situation.  Unfortunately, people with autism tend to struggle with language, reading comprehension and the...

Accepting Change through Personal Development

I mentioned last week how death and taxes are certainties in this world according to Benjamin Franklin.  According to the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, the only thing constant in this world is change.  In other words, the only thing that will remain...

Death & Taxes

It was Benjamin Franklin that said there are two certainties in this world: death and taxes.  When I was a young boy, I wanted to be a veterinarian because I loved animals, but after nearly passing out from the smell of formaldehyde during a frog dissection in junior...

Be Yourself

My mantra is “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” These are three key themes of my presentations, designed to guide parents, educators employers, self-advocates and others on the path to progress. Be Yourself. If there was one thing I learned from my past...

Know Yourself

My mantra is “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” These are three key themes of my presentations, designed to guide parents, educators, employers, self-advocates and others on the path to progress. Know Yourself. Having knowledge of not only your strengths,...

Love Yourself

My mantra is “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.” These are three key themes of my presentations, designed to guide parents, educators, employers, self-advocates on the path to progress. Love Yourself. Fans of reality television probably know that at the end...

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