1. autismmommytherapist
    May 18, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

    “He is just for a person.” Yes, that’s all we really need, isn’t it? Loved this!


  2. Maryanne
    May 18, 2015 @ 12:56 pm

    Best you have ever written. Spoke right to my heart. Thank you


  3. karen
    May 18, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

    I love reading your blogs. I can only do so now in private cause every time I do. I bust out crying. I have two boys with autism and raising them alone is not easy. When I read your blogs it sounds to me like I’m reading about our life. I do like that you continue to take your family on outings. We have been asked to leave from so many places. I just don’t bother anymore. So everything you have went thru, I’m going thru. And it just makes me feel better knowing I’m not alone in this.


  4. Jeannie
    May 18, 2015 @ 1:10 pm

    Carrie, your posts always make me cry in weird places. (I mean weird places in your posts, that is — I’m usually home when I’m reading them, which I suppose is a weird enough place in itself.) I cried when Jack said this day was his dream come true. It made me think of how the janitor at my son’s school finally went up on the roof to get the balls that had got stuck up there over the winter, and Jonathan had an ecstatic reunion with a black football that he loves to play with but which he had inadvertently “roofed” earlier this year.. (His EA said Jonathan jumped up and down and celebrated “like he was being reunited with a long-lost relative.”) Who can understand that joy? Our kids are so awesome, so incomprehensible, so simple, so just for a person.


  5. Jo Primo
    May 18, 2015 @ 1:11 pm

    The only manual needed is the one starting with compassion and ending with empathy. We are all autistic in our own ways. We all deserve some common decency. Shame that there has to be label or books to just treat one another human.


  6. Allison (funfamily.vacations)
    May 18, 2015 @ 1:54 pm

    I love this. Thank you.


  7. Jennifer
    May 18, 2015 @ 2:24 pm

    Thank you for always putting it perfectly.


  8. Mxtrmeike13
    May 18, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

    “I am just for a person,” I think, describes it all. You’re right, that is the only autism training we’ll ever need. A great piece, very well written! And no worries, no typos that I could find. =]


  9. avisdot
    May 18, 2015 @ 4:52 pm

    Again, you have written an eloquent, beautiful, heart-wrenching, funny, and hopeful post!

    Thank you for pouring yourself onto paper for the rest of us to learn and grow. Avis



  10. NickyB.
    May 18, 2015 @ 5:50 pm

    I love this…And what a great picture. 🙂


  11. Joyce M
    May 18, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

    Wow I truly enjoyed this article. As K is off on a new chapter in his life, I am struggling to explain how autism and K is so complicated. I think I will print out the article for his day program staff. Just to let you know it never ends even when they become adults. Keeping writing.


  12. Dawne Forrester
    May 18, 2015 @ 10:29 pm

    Perfect, Carrie. I would add, though, that he isn’t going to “get better”. He is not sick, there is no “cure”.

    All we can do and hope for is that they learn and grow and cope with the world as it is, and hopefully, we can help the world learn and grow and cope with them, too.


  13. Lorraine Weber
    May 19, 2015 @ 12:28 am

    You make Monday’s more colorful for this mom of an autism boy. To me, you’re like a close friend that I haven’t seen in a long time, yet still have a connection. We are all connected as parents, autism just makes a more exclusive connection. Thanks for bringing positive light to my week???


  14. oshrivastava
    May 19, 2015 @ 3:04 am

    Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.


  15. Deb
    May 19, 2015 @ 7:58 pm

    This is beautiful. Your son, my daughter, they are people first.


  16. reprobatemum@Reprobatemum
    May 25, 2015 @ 4:43 am

    I think he basically said it – if we could all accept people the way they are, and not expect them to be able to be any different in that situation, we’d all be better off. The problem is, for people who can adapt thier behaviour to suit a situation, it’s equally hard for them to be able to accept that other people cannot. So we aspies need to be mindful of that too.


  17. openyoureyes145
    May 30, 2015 @ 3:13 pm

    I love it. Just for a person. Makes your eyes well up.


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