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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Memories of Home - Part I: I can see my house from here

My friend DellGirl...
There's a good blogging friend of mine DellGirl who was reading someone else's blog about how he longed to return to his home country. That post caused her to have sweet memories of her childhood home. You can probably guess what happened after that; her post conjured up thoughts about the city and town I lived in while I was growing up.


I can't believe I never thought of this before: To find my childhood home on Google Earth. I'm so happy to see it. It's the same color it was when I was growing up. I see the changes, but... oh my, it's so sweet...

I was born in Wilmington, Delaware and lived in New Castle with my mom, dad and older brother in a suburban neighbor. We lived in the middle of the street that was in the middle of a semi-steep hill. In the summertime, I played outside with my friends and road my bike as fast I could down that hill. Other times I could be found being a pesky little sister or hiding in a little cubby on the bottom floor in the wall and playing with my toys. It was a comforting place to live with families next door and friends around the corner. It was a place where you could walk to the 7-Eleven around the corner and across the double-laned highway.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Speaking up for Autism

Scrolling through my email one day a subject line caught my attention: "Help me help others with autism." The words help and autism captured my attention as did the sender's message. Let me tell you a little about her. Her name is Kathleen and she has Asperger's Syndrome. 

Communication Science & Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison
According to Wikipedia, Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder, but it differs from autism as most who are diagnosed have linguistic and cognitive development. It can be characterized by difficulties in social interactions and nonverbal communication along with other repetitive or restrictive behaviors. And, what can be considered good news, is that a diagnosis of Asperger's no longer exists. In the 2013 fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders the diagnosis was changed to autism spectrum disorder and rated on a severity scale.

Sixteen-year-old Kathleen, who is working to get out of her shell, is busy attending high school and working as a "volunteer-intern-extraordinaire" at EducatorLabs where she helps with research and learns about outreach. She says, "I'm not letting [Asperger's] stop me."

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