Why not attend a conference?

This week’s blog has been one of the more difficult ones for me to write, probably because I have a specific purpose in mind that goes beyond some light reading that might be educational. This week I hope you will give some thought to attending the Living with Autism conference in Lisle this October. This is an annual conference organized by The Arc of Illinois, and it will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle on October 9. TAP
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Bullying – A Problem That Hasn’t Disappeared

Almost everyone has had an experience with bullying in their lifetime. Some of us were bullied, others may have been bullies, and most people have seen at least one example of bullying taking place. But what is bullying? Most people from my generation (let’s call ourselves “older adults”) had a pretty simple view of bullying. Bullying was when the biggest kid in the school stole someone’s lunch, made someone cry repeatedly, or “picked on” a smaller kid. But if you
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Ferrets, Autism Awareness, and Acceptance!

Some of you are probably scratching your heads, wondering “Now he’s talking about weasels?” because everyone knows that a ferret is a “domesticated polecat” and a member of the weasel family. And some of you know that a group of ferrets is a business. So what business do ferrets have with autism? This week I’d like to introduce you to a particular business of ferrets – the Fantastic Ferrets, and more particularly to two hobs (yes, those are male ferrets)
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Play to their strengths!

I’m sure you have heard the advice “play to your strengths” before. We are all more comfortable when doing something at which we know (or believe) we are skilled. And, in a competitive environment (like a tennis match, for instance) we know if we use our strengths well and hit to our opponents weak side, we are more likely to emerge victorious. So my frequent opening question – What does this have to do with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? I’m
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