The Selfish Prayer and Fifth Grade Graduation

We ate cake tonight, baked and decorated by our daughter for her big brother. We were celebrating Lil D’s fifth graduation with cake and biryani, and although he had eaten his meal half an hour before and had since retreated upstairs, it was still a celebration. I served the cake to the family on a familiar square yellow platter, decorated with red and blue large dots and covered with Arabic and English writingBismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim -- In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Co … [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...]