Normal People Scare Me: A Blog About Autism

By Keri Bowers

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HALLOWED ARE “WE”

By Keri Bowers In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as a major metropolis attempts to regain its momentum, infrastructure and equilibrium, I sit this Halloween – a very cold evening – on the stoop of a Brooklyn brownstone. A JUXTAPOSITION I watch as children in costumes, flanked by loving, diligent parents, trick or treat on […]

The ART of Dr. Stephen Shore and Momma Drama

By Keri Bowers MOMMA DRAMA! “Hey momma drama… Are you coming to class on Sunday?” As usual, Stephen’s tone is warm, animated and inviting. “Yup. I’ll be there. 9:00AM.” I reply. “Student reports, and then free time…” he says with a silly bend to his voice. I know exactly what he means; “free time” for […]

GENIUS of AUTISM and the ART of COLLABORATION

There is something magical that happens when the lights go up and the audience awaits expectantly for the performance to begin.

Never say Never 10 YEARS AFTER: Abilities Awareness Program Wins the Phoebe Apperson Hearst National PTA Award for Excellence in Education

A decade ago, I was told by an administrator in my son’s school district that a disabilities awareness program could never be facilitated at the middle school level because, as he put it, “Those kids are too self-involved and won’t be receptive to learning about their disabled peers. Such programs are better left to grade […]

ALPHABET SOUP, By Debra Hosseini

No wonder autism moms feel isolated and alone. Listen to this conversation I recently overheard at the park. You have to learn a different language to speak autism-mom talk. Don’t worry there is a glossary at the end. Mom 1: Does Matt have an ASD diagnosis? Mom 2: Matt hasn’t been diagnosed with ASD – […]

WHAT IS NORMAL ANYWAY?

As he looked up through the moon roof of our car, Taylor’s face lit up quick and bright as a flash. Excitedly, he began to bob up and down, frantically waiving his arms up and outstretched through the roof’s tiny opening which framed the stars and the moon like a picture against a deep blue […]

READ RAINBOWS AND MONSTERS AT CITY PULSE

http://npaper-wehaa.com/citypulse/2010/03/10/s1/#?article=790481

A LESSON IN LETTING GO…

THIS IS A LETTER I RECEIVED FROM MY FRIEND, CHRISTINA GUZMAN. HER SON, NICK GUZMAN IS A TALENTED SINGER WHO HAPPENS TO HAVE ASD. NICK APPEARS IN MY FILM “ARTS” PERFORMING “SINCE WE’RE FRIENDS” A SONG WRITTEN FOR HIM BY JOEY TRAVOLTA AND COMPOSER JEFF LASS. Keri, after our conversation yesterday about independence, I felt […]

THE “ART” OF AUTISM: Free and Low Cost Power Tools in Economically Challenged Times

Taylor and I are off in a couple of weeks to Michigan to share our film, Normal People Scare Me, and to share our story of growing up with autism. At 21, Taylor stands on stages and blows people away. He stands tall (literally 6”10” and figuratively) in front of audiences after so many years […]

Young Adults with Autism in Transition

Helping my 21 year old son to “be” in the world is as difficult in it’s own unique ways as it was when he was little and had no language, behavioral issues, etc. Finding good supports and services for the young 18-30 year old’s after they leave the school system is hit and miss. Here […]