by Isabella Bloom, The Sacramento Bee/TNS / Disability Scoop | July 28, 2021 David Katz, who has autism, stands with his mother Betsy Katz at his home in Rocklin, Calif. David Katz lives by himself with the aid of direct support professionals, but his parents had difficulty finding workers to fill shifts during the pandemic. (Daniel … Continue reading Disability Service Providers Face ‘Unprecedented’ Labor Shortage
by Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press/TNS | July 27, 2021 DETROIT — MyKail Moultrie, 4, and Miguel Moultrie, 2, spend much of their time playing outside or going to behavioral therapy and school. But they’re also helping their mom run a business. Packaging T-shirts is a part of their family’s routine on Mondays when the kids … Continue reading Mom Of Child With Autism Started T-Shirt And Vending Business For 1 Reason: Routine
As I have been talking about the need of a good foundation of Mental Health this week. It has came to light of US Olympian Simone Biles abruptly leaving the Olympics to focus on her care. This post is to show there is no shame in getting care.
This week I want to share my mental health story during the COVID Pandemic. I feel this is important to the wellness of everyone in the autistic community both individuals and those serving them. Remember, there is no health without mental health.
The past few Tuesdays I did stray away from the COVID course and talk about employment. However, I feel as if I need to return to the topic of COVID again as it is becoming more relevant in recent days.
Last week, I had one of my providers that visits home arrive for our weekly appointment breathing heavily because he ran up the steps to my house for fear, I would be upset he did not arrive at the scheduled time. While as a child I did get upset if someone coming to my home to see me was a more than a minute late, that is no longer the case as I have built up the flexibility to understand that things don’t happen as they are planned.
Recently in browsing my social media accounts, I came across an autism mom blogger that shared a graphic of a quote that states that autism doesn’t come with a manual, rather it come with a parent who never gives up, While I may haven’t always seen eye to eye with what my parents thought I should have done, they have always sought out my best interests while making sure I was remaining safe.
This past week has been a learning lesson for sure. I did walk some, but I didn’t walk to the degree that I had in the past weeks. On top of that my food choices were not that great. I have been for the past few weeks on a slippery slope with my weight loss, and as a result, I broke my fifteen-week losing streak and gained some of the weight back. The principal factor of me doing this was due to the fact that I have chosen to not be as active and allow me to overeat too much of the not so good foods with just making up any sort of rationale that I could satisfy myself with.
In recent years, there have been a number of initiatives to hire autistic adults as they age out of high school, because they oftentimes need a solid day of structured activity. This doesn’t mean that they are meaningless people. It’s just that they need to put their creative juices to work.
Another amazing week is on the horizon and I am all set for the week. I say that I am all set for the week because everything in my habitat is neat and orderly. It is a stereotype that autistics are all obsessively compulsive about everything. While we do have fascination on the things we do enjoy, it is likely that we do not specifically have a fascination on the things we must complete in our daily lives.