I'll tell you a secret:
I've been parenting for almost 30 years. The past 10 have been really hard because a lot of what's in place to support autistic adults as they transition into the work place really sucks. Here's another secret:
most of the changes taking place to improve the
lives of the intellectually and developmentally disabled are being driven
Don't believe me? Look around in your community, Pay close
attention to parent support groups with a 10 year track record. THIS is
where tomorrow's solutions for autistic adults are incubating. I'm one of those parents
. Not too long ago, I got really pissed off on
my son's behalf and came up with a plan.
By all that I hold dear and
using everything that I know, I'm writing solutions (re thriving in the
work place) for autistic (ASD) adults one guest blog post at a time.
Judging by the over 3,000 social media shares for my post, 10 Surprising Things Parents of Autistic Grads Must Know,
I'd say I struck a nerve with other parents. Want to help me change the world? Grab my 10 page free report about how to write empowering job related "scripts" for young adults with Asperger's when you sign up for my newsletter,
How I got here:
Exploring the relationship between people and dogs, I write about this powerful and emotional connection on Healing Rescue Dogs
because I believe that dogs are natural teachers. All we have to do is actively listen to them.
After blogging for two years, I wrote my first book: Love Always Wags Its Tail, The Dogs That Changed My Life. It's available
on Amazon's Kindle platform (digital download) and on Amazon's Create Space (print-on-demand) in paperback. Healing Rescue Dogs
changed its focus shortly after my son adopted a pit bull terrier mixed breed dog; we named her Gracie.
As my son worked to show our neighbors that dog stereotypes about pit bulls aren't true, he started his own self-advocacy journey.
Once that happened there was no turning back.