My Christmas Wish: Sweeter People and More Joy and Understanding 2

Sweet Christmas TreeI purposefully avoided posting this past week.  My meeting with the new administrator of the former school was disappointing although I was proud of how I handled myself. I wonder if he can say the same.

I lost hope in ever getting through to anyone at the school because this man is known for implementing an empathy program at his former school yet, I did not feel any compassion from him. Aloha was certainly missing from this meeting.

Still, I know there are good people in this world and my children are safe.  They are both amazing and kind despite the world and despite the former school’s attitude about doing the right thing. I am not going to pursue trying to talk sense into the senseless anymore. I have more important things to do with my time than waste it on those who seem unable to be compassionate. My family needs me to drop it, so this is my last post about my daughter’s school experience. She is happy again and is working towards her goals and that is all that really matters to me. I am grateful that we have supportive people in our lives and both of my children have good friends.

The news out of Connecticut last Friday shocked my very core and deeply saddened me. The news media continues to promote stigma instead of the need for more support and understanding, and the list goes on and on.

I pray for a kinder world for all children. I send prayers to the families in Newtown. I send out prayers that someday the rest of the world will understand that supporting children and their families should be the norm regardless of whether the child has a physical illness, a developmental delay, a neurological difference, a mental diagnosis, a physical difference, or any other difference. We support victims of senseless violence and of disease and we should, but we should also support everyone else.

I wonder what if:

  • What if Adam and his mother had support when he was younger?
  • What if assault weapons were illegal?
  • What if children saw beyond the packaging and they saw his heart when he was younger?

Would things have turned out differently last Friday? We have no way of knowing for sure. Yet, I can imagine a different outcome. I can imagine a kinder, more understanding world where everyone really is safe.

I hope I am not alone. I hope you can imagine it too. Help to change your corner of the world to a more supportive place for all. Help the Adams of the world before it is too late. Everyone deserves more kindness in this world.

RIP Senator Daniel K. Inouye 4

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Yesterday at 12:01 HST, 5:01 EST the world lost a man of honor and integrity. Senator Daniel Inouye was more than just a senator from Hawaii. He was third in line to the United States presidency. He was a true national hero not just because he lost his arm fighting for our country after Pearl Harbor, during a time when America did not trust anyone of Japanese ancestry. He lived aloha and he taught the world the meaning of the term. He was my hero because he championed civil rights for all.

He recently cosponsored the Student Non-Discrimination Act, S. 555. He sent me a letter when I wrote to him through an on-line petition about the bill back in May noting, “our nation’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths and requires protection from the law.”Senator_Inouye_Letter

He understood the need for disability rights too although I doubt that he ever saw himself as disabled.

Mahalo Senator for all you did to help make the world a better place.

Special Needs PTSD: How Does It Manifest and What Helps? 2

Special Needs PTSD: How Does It Manifest and What Helps?

 Is someone you love having flashbacks, bad dreams, or frightening thoughts? Or are they avoiding places, people, events, etc? Or do they easily startle, feel tense, have difficulty sleeping and/ or angry outbursts? 

If so, you’ll want to click on the link above to learn how you can find help for yourself and your loved one!

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Laura Nagle’s “Vectors of Autism” 2

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Those of you who actually read my blog know who Laura is already, but here are two prior posts about her for any who missed them:

  1. Helping Fund the Dialogue to Improve Our Children’s Future
  2. Three Voices of Inspiration: Promoting Accommodation, Acceptance and Appreciation of Differences 

The documentary, Vectors of Autism is now available for purchase. Its beautiful cinematography, animation, and music score help to bring Laura’s inspirational story to life, as she identifies the challenges she has faced and offers hope and insights to others. The documentary is worth every penny!

Go to: http://lauranagle.net/Film.htm to purchase!