Thumbs up to Microsoft for actively recruiting people with autism

Usually the news is full of doom and gloom, but today thankfully it was very uplifting! Not only was the lead story in Australia about finding an 11 year old boy with autism alive and well, after wandering away from his family’s campsite and was lost for 4 days in the bush , (my heart just jumped with excitement when the news broke!) I also came across an article that Microsoft will be actively recruiting people with autism to work for the corporation! I have included the link at the end of my post if you would like to read the full story. How wonderful that a global conglomerate is setting the example for others to follow. I know the cynics will probably argue that they are only looking for the high functioning computer geeks, (which my son is not) but let’s for now just give them credit for at least singling out people with autism in a positive way. They are also giving publicity and raising the discussion around the issue that our children need active support from the major players in the corporate world. Our children do grow up and they do need to find their place in our world and if one company is starting to make room for them then I feel they deserve credit. So from this mum, I say CONGRATULATIONS Microsoft, I use a PC and was toying with the idea of switching to a Mac, but for now, I’m going to shelve that idea. Read Article on Mashable  ...

Today, April 2 is Autism Awareness Day!

On 18 Dec 2007, the United Nations declared with consensus support from all Member States that 2 April each year will be World Autism Awareness Day, with the goal of bringing attention to those diagnosed with autism and to help give them a voice. So Richard – today is your day! What can I say to you other than, thank you for the joy that you bring me every day and thank you for loving me always and unconditionally. I continue to be in awe of you and again wish to acknowledge how proud I was when you graduated from high school last year. But today is not just about you Richie, it’s also about all the parents worldwide who look after children like you. To those parents I would like to ask you to step back and enjoy the successes that you have had in helping your child to navigate our world. Enjoy how you now see this world in a totally different light, a light which shines through your children; and enjoy the fact that both you and your child have and will continue to overcome obstacles that you never thought you would have to face. Today I walk a little lighter and smile quietly to myself as I sit back and acknowledge what we have achieved together as a family, and I thank God for all the blessings which have come our way via Richard!   If only I could have spoken with a mum who had travelled down this road when I was “new” on the scene, the road ahead would not have appeared so...

Dealing With Autism Blog

Join me in my ongoing journey with autism, parenting and just getting on with life. Together let’s also share the joys that our children bring and although I may be well down the autism path, our family still has its interesting moments and I still face the daily challenges which life in general throws my way. Not every thought and post will be autism related because after all, my whole life is not autism related! Want to Write a Guest Blog Post? I invite you to be a part of this community and to share your story right here. Tell us what’s happening in your life. Not only will you feel that you are not alone as you read the stories of others, we might also provide a glimpse into our lives for those people who have no idea what goes on daily with the unexpected arrival of autism into our homes. Your story may be about something humorous, yes funny things do happen in our lives, your story may be about how you were told of the diagnosis or your story may be about school experiences. Whatever you wish to share, we want to...