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Recognizing Three Ground Breaking Developments in Autism Research on World Autism Day

I wrote an op-ed piece for the Erie News Times and I wanted to share it with you. As communities around the globe prepare to celebrate World Autism Day, we look back on a year that has been unprecedented in … Continue reading

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Ladies Only Luncheon

I can’t believe it’s November already and we’re heading into our 11th Ladies Only Luncheon. It seems like it was only yesterday when a parent, Amy Borden, came to me with a project that she had chaired at her daughter’s … Continue reading

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The 1 Action You Must Take!

Voting is the one action essential to your future and the future of your child and all children, especially those children and adults with disabilities. Ryan and I were at the polls this morning ready to cast our vote. We … Continue reading

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Ask Yourself, “Am I Being Kind?”

It was Saturday.  Mass with Msgr. Kriegel was over and Ryan and I were heading home. Msgr. had spoken about being “kind” and “merciful,” his theme for the week. I was preparing to talk to Ryan about the concept, as … Continue reading

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Rural vs. Urban Rountable

Winston Churchill said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Tanya Teglo said this today as she spoke during the PA Senate roundtable at the Barber … Continue reading

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A Visit with Santa

In 2011, Susie was a 13-year-old student enrolled at the Elizabeth Lee Black School at the Barber National Institute in Erie, PA. One winter day, while chatting with her mom about the school holiday events, she mentioned that Susie had … Continue reading

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First Day of School at the Elizabeth Lee Black School

Yesterday was the start of the 2012-2013 school year!  I’m not sure who was more excited – the faculty, the children, or me.  So, I thought that today I would provide you with an update on the Elizabeth Lee Black … Continue reading

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New App for Kids with Autism

I had an opportunity this winter to attend a presentation by Interbots.  Founded in 2005, Interbots is a spin-off of the Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center.  The company specializes in the design and construction of custom interactive characters, both … Continue reading

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Medications & Autism

Medications.  Should I or shouldn’t I?  Many families struggle with this question.  From my perspective, there is no right or wrong answer.  When the suggestion to consider medication was first made to me, I immediately said, “Let’s give it a … Continue reading

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Physical Fitness Helps with Autism Challenges

Summer. Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound. Snow and ice may have kept us indoors during January and February, but we have no excuse not to be outside now. You don’t have to belong to a gym to engage in physical … Continue reading

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