30 Ali Family Autism Truths for Autism Awareness Month – the Second Ten

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When we fast in the holy month of Ramadan, our family has a saying -- the first 10 are easy. You fast with full spiritual joy and intensity, ready to really experience Ramadan. The second ten fasts are the hard ones.  You start to grow weary in body, mind and soul. Keeping up spiritual and faith practices grow hard during the second ten days. And then in the last ten days you feel a renewed exuberance. You are ready to recommit to your Ramadan goals, to push through to the end.The second set … [Read more...]

30 Ali Family Autism Truths for Autism Awareness Month – The First 10

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April is Autism Awareness Month. And as much as individuals with autism and those in the autism community feel that we are waaaaaaay beyond awareness and must be focused on action, I've come to realize in my nearly three years of chronicling our autistic son's (and our family's) life -- there is still so much people don't know or understand. For those who do not directly know someone with autism, they are still so unaware.Unaware about what it means to be autistic, what sorts of challenges … [Read more...]

The Honesty Policy, “Happy” and Our Culture of Opinions

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You had to expect it, especially with the social-media driven, lightening-speed landscape in which we live today.Yesterday, The Honesty Policy, a blog out of the United Kingdom that is “a group of young and curious Muslims saying what you’re thinking. Honestly. Those thoughts, moments and reflections you’ve always had, but just never could quite express them …” released a video weeks in the making: a group of British Muslims lip synching and dancing to Pharrell’s breakaway hit, “Happy.” … [Read more...]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Yusuf Islam on Jimmy Fallon (Video)

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Come on, raise your hand -- you know you've been a fan of  Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) over the years! In anticipation of his induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the popular singer/songwriter appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," performing some of his most popular hits. Take a look:And one more!Like so many, I've loved Yusuf Islam's music over the years and have appreciated his Islamic journey, from when he turned away from the music of his past, to his … [Read more...]

Life Goes On

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They prayed for my son at Friday prayers last week.Another milestone I never imagined would’ve happened as part of our parent-child journey. But life goes on.It seems altogether wrong and disloyal and nonsensical that life should be going on. We sat in the waiting room of the doctor’s office last week, making nervous small talk with my parents while we waited for the doctor to come out and give us Lil D’s test results. Husband and I had run through the scenarios in our head, from best cas … [Read more...]

You are Enduring Love

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My darling boy,The sun is shining and the air is warm with the scents and sounds of a spring most awaited. You are swinging in the hammock in the backyard, spinning your beads on a twig with your hoodie pulled over your head and sunglasses perched on your face. God, you are handsome.It seems fitting that on today, World Autism Day 2014, we have come to a point in our autism journey where the path has played a cruel, cruel trick on us. Where there seems to be no alternate route, where the … [Read more...]

The Jenin Autism Project – The End is Only the Beginning

Partial group photo at the project's celebration.

Melissa Diamond, who has been staying in the West Bank of the Palestinian territory for the past few months working on “The Jenin Autism Project,” part of “A Global Voice for Autism," has finished up the project. They were there to help parents learn about autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and help connect them to other autism resources as well as building their own supportive network. They blogged their experiences here to share their efforts in figuring out how to best help children with aut … [Read more...]


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