Happy Birthday Lil D – Not so Lil Anymore

It isn’t a celebration unless we eat biryani, and that our family did – in two different continents.I woke yesterday morning to the sound of bleating goats in the front yard. Normally it would’ve been the sing-song sounds of Lil D roaming the house, as he gets up pretty much as early on the weekend as he does on the weekday. But he is not here with me. He is far, far away, like a line out of a fairy tale.I am in India. He is at home in Virginia with my parents. And I am not with him on th … [Read more...]

Autism, Inclusion, and the Winter Concert

I knew it was going to be a long shot, but I had my hopes up. Last week my eldest son’s teacher told me that after three years of my asking to have him participate in some grade-level performance, they were going to try and have Lil D take part in the fifth grade Winter Concert.Let’s backtrack.My son has been attending an autism classroom in public school for five years now. We’ve had our ups and downs, but for the most part, we have a good team -- dedicated teachers and aides and a princ … [Read more...]