Amazon Go, a ‘No-Check-Out-Line’ Grocery Store, Great Option for Autism Families

Um, where was this when I lived in New York City with D and his baby sister A more than a decade ago and used to practice walking up and down the aisles of our local grocery store with D, praising him for keeping himself together and giving him an M&M at the end of every aisle?(Yes, I know it was classic ABA, classic Pavlovian training, all that. But it was pretty much the only thing out there at the time in regards to autism behavior therapy.)Grocery stores, any stores have always … [Read more...]

Facing the Future in Autism Land

The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on. – President Barack ObamaAs I waited for my own fella, I saw the youngster walk out of the school, accompanied by a teacher’s aide. I had seen the child numerous times in the past, in fact just the day before when I had been at D’s school for a parent-teacher conference and a fire alarm drill happened.That day the child, I’m guessing eight or nine years o … [Read more...]

A Trump Presidency – Conversations with our Children

Last night (in my opinion) ended badly.This morning started badly. I had to do what millions of parents who were not in favor of a Trump presidency were doing: Break the news to my kids. It did not go over well.We get small pockets of time with our children to explain tough things, times when they are open to hearing us and absorbing our words. You look for those times and dive in when you see it. Quickly enough, the window closes.I dove into the window with my daughter this morning, … [Read more...]

Live Tweeting the Election – Nov 8, 2016

 Well here's a new thing I'm trying! I knew I'd be live-tweeting the election and ensuing results - now you can follow my tweets here in this blog post! It'll be all curated here, which is great if you're not one to be on Twitter (because frankly, it's not a very nice place at times!). So bookmark this link and follow the fun about what my 13-year-old daughter says on election night (her comments this year throughout the debate has had me in stitches), political commentary, … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Dear Son, Here are Some Things You Need to Know

Editor's note: This is a letter from my friend Rabiah to her 10-year-old son Issa.Dear Issa,This past year has been a challenging one…to say the least.You have heard a lot of talk about kicking people out, not letting people in, and what it means to be American.All of this divisiveness in our national debates has no doubt trickled down to your young ears and left you wondering -- why can't grown-ups get along and do the things they expect of you: Play nice, share and c … [Read more...]

Guest Post: What I Learned When I Took a Stand to Bullying

This is a guest post by Shaheer Mirza, a high school student, about his experience with bullying.By Shaheer Mirza“Don’t go near Shaheer!  He has a bomb!”“Terrorist!”“Do you belong to ISIS?”These are the statements I’ve repeatedly heard as a middle school, and now, high school student. When the taunting started in sixth grade, I tried to brush the words off and kept a low profile.  But it was frustrating.  I had done absolutely nothing to my peers, but because I was Muslim, oth … [Read more...]

Join the #DisabilityKhutba Campaign in Our Push for Inclusion, Recognition and Acceptance

“He (Musa) said: ‘Oh my Lord! Expand my breast for me and make my affair easy to me, and loose the knot from my tongue (that) they may understand my word … (Quran 20:25:28)”We are committed to owning our own narratives and taking action in many worthy arenas. But what about the most vulnerable in our communities? What of their families? What about the spiritual struggles of families with special needs — embracing them, including them, connecting them to resources, helping them in the myriad o … [Read more...]