Spectrum – Autism Resource

Disability and Faith

If you are interested in issues surrounding autism and the church, I recommend Ron Sandison’s Spectrum website. Ron is a Christian speaker and author and has much to give to the church. Ron also has […]

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Purging of Comics But Not Memories

Comic Book Geek

I have collected comics since the early 70s. While I quit collecting comics when I got married (2000), that still left me with many boxes of a comic books. Now it is time for us […]

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Jessica Jones: Season One – Review

Comic Book Geek

I watched the first episode of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix tonight. I must confess that I have no familiarity of the comic book version and so I had no expectations. The basic premise is […]

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10 Asperger’s Symptoms

Asperger's

This is an interesting video but I need to say that these symptoms are not universal. This is what this young man experiences but another person may have different experiences.

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Jack Kirby Documentary

Comic Book Geek

One of my favourite comic book artists is Jack Kirby. He was able to make stories come to life like no one else. We cannot overstate how much Jack Kirby influenced comics, both DC and […]

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Autism and Emotion

Autism

I was once told by a well meaning lady that it must be tough to have children that I cannot connect with emotionally. I was really taken off guard as that is not my experience. […]

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My Thoughts on Daredevil

Comic Book Geek

As I have mentioned before, I was a long-time comic collector and I currently enjoy superhero movies. When I heard about the Daredevil TV series, I was somewhat interested. I was always more of a […]

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What I Wish DC Had Done With the Green Lantern Movie

Comic Book Geek

Before Man of Steel was starting off the DC Universe, Green Lantern was going to do it. It was an exciting time having Hal Jordan on the big screen, making us imagine the possibilities of […]

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What Nonverbal Does Not Mean

Nonverbal

Two of my children are considered nonverbal. I find that there is a lot of confusion as to what that means. Some think it means the same as being mute. In this post I hope […]

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Giving Gotham a Chance

Gotham

I did not watch Gotham when it first came out as we only have Netflix. When I saw that Netflix had Gotham, I was quite excited as I really liked the premise behind the show. […]

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One of the Best Comic Book Stories

Comic Book Geek

One of the best comic books stories that I have ever read was published in the 1980s. I was collecting the Legion of Superheroes at was possibly the best time in their long publication history. […]

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What a Visit With Our Children With Autism Looks Like

Disability and Faith

We have two children with autism, both on the severe side, both considered nonverbal. They live in a group home together with two other children. We try to have them over for a visit every […]

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A Krypton TV Series

Krypton

One of my favourite parts of the Man of Steel movie were the scenes set on Krypton. I really liked how they re-imagined Superman’s home world. I noticed some things inspired by John Byrne’s reboot […]

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Captain America – 1944 Serial

Comic Book Geek

I love the old serials from 1940’s. There is a great pacing that makes up for their other issues. I have seen a number of them including Batman and Flash Gordon. Thankfully you can find […]

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Bill Finger Acknowledged as Co-Creator of Batman

Comic Book Geek

In almost every Batman comic, Batman movie and Batman TV series, you will see a reference to Bob Kane as creator of Batman. That is correct as far as it goes but it is not […]

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Oracle, Batgirl and Disabilities in Comics

Comic Book Geek

As a father of two children with autism, I am very much interested in disabilities. Having said that, with all of the emphasis on being more inclusive in comics in terms of race and sexual […]

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Superman in the New Supergirl TV Series

Supergirl

Are you excited about the new Supergirl TV series? Superman (and Superboy) have had their share of TV series and so it is nice for his cousin to get a chance. But what role if […]

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Comic Books and Autism

Comic Book Geek

Far more than my love for comics is my love for family. Two of my five children have autism. Both of them live in a group home and come home for visits every week. One […]

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Is the World Getting Sick of Superhero Movies?

Comic Book Geek

What is it that makes a movie a success or a failure? How much has to be earned? Is the recent performance of Avengers and Ant-Man a sign of where things are going? Will the […]

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5 DC Movies I Would Like to See

Martian Manhunter

DC Comics have been working hard to try and catch up to Marvel when it comes to movies. The Batman movies were hits. Green Lantern stumbled (but not as bad as many people say). Man […]

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Me and Sgt Rock

Sgt Rock

I have been reading comics since the early 70s. It was a great time to be into comics. But I have a confession to make. I was not interested in superheroes. I had a few […]

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5 Reasons I am Glad I Have an Autism Diagnosis

Disability and Faith

I was diagnosed with autism at the age of 46. Why would I do such a thing at my advanced age? My doctor didn’t suggest it. It was all my idea. In addition, it is […]

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Holy Moley Things Have Changed!

Shazam

The other night my son wanted me to read him a story (he doesn’t ask often). I took the opportunity to read a comic. For the sake of the child of course. There was an […]

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Vilifying People With Autism

Autism

One of the most disturbing things that I have encountered recently has been the creation of a Facebook page, “Families Against Autistic Shooters.” To find out background on this situation, read this article. I really […]

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My Autism and My Faith

Autism

I have heard from some people with autism that faith can be difficult. I have also heard from parents concerned about how to explain Christian faith to their child with autism. I have blogged previously […]

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An Autistic Person or a Person With Autism?

Autism

As I became more involved in autism awareness, I quickly noticed that there was some sensitivity toward phrasing. While many will talk about autistic people, the preferred wording is a person with autism. It is […]

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Autism Studies (Distance Learning)

Autism Studies

If you are looking for training in autism studies, there are a number of options. One is to study at the University of Kent in the UK. They have a few programs, that seem to […]

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Can I Be a Pastor and Autistic?

Disability and Faith

One of the reasons that some people are surprised by my autism diagnosis is my history of Christian ministry. I have worked as a pastor, chaplain and Bible teacher. All of those roles require social […]

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How Can I Have Autism When I am So Normal?

Autism

I have had a number of people find it hard to believe that I have been diagnosed with autism when I am so normal. There are two errors in this thinking. One is a misunderstanding […]

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I’m Not Unfriendly, I Have Autism

Disability and Faith

I can only speak for myself, although I have heard of similar stories from other people with autism. I can sometimes come across as unfriendly. I seem eager to end the conversation and move on. […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Faith and Autism

Faith and Autism

One of the most common questions I get is about how people with autism understand faith. At first I tried to guess from my children with autism, which is hard because they are both nonverbal. […]

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Autism Support Training Certificate Program

Disability and Faith

Do you work with people with autism, either children or adult? You may be interested in this certificate program from the University of New Brunswick. It can be completed in six months on a part-time […]

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A New Perspective

Autism

I have been interested in and active in speaking about autism for some time. Two of our children (ages 14 & 12) have autism. It just makes sense that I would want to promote awareness […]

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What Happened to Asperger’s Syndrome?

Disability and Faith

You will still often hear people being described as having Asperger’s Syndrome, which was considered a form of autism but without the communication difficulties. There are plenty of characters in popular entertainment portrayed as having […]

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The Buddy Ministry

Disability and Faith

I love how this church has developed a ministry to bless special needs kids and their families.

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Online Autism Courses

Disability and Faith

Are you a teacher? Perhaps you have another role and want to go deeper in your autism training. The Geneva Centre for Autism offers some online courses that you might find interesting. Take a look […]

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I Had That Dream Again…

Disability and Faith

I have a recurring dream. Perhaps other parents of children with autism have this same dream. In my dream, I am interacting with one of our two children with autism. Both children are considered nonverbal. […]

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A Conversation With Jean Vanier

Disability and Faith

Jean Vanier has been an advocate and friend of those with intellectual disabilities for many decades. He is the founder of L’Arche, a community that values respect for all apart for any disabilities. You can […]

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Autism Kindle Deals

Disability and Faith

Reaching out to families dealing with autism requires, among other things, knowledge. One of the easy and affordable ways to learn are through Kindle books. Here are some Kindle deals that deal with autism. Warning: […]

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Autism and Church

Disability and Faith

I love this little video about a family with a child with autism and their adventure of going to church. People without autism in their life have no idea how easy they have it.

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Certificate in Special Education

Special Education

Biola University is often associated with apologetics. I am actually enrolled in their Certificate in Apologetics program. But Biola does much more than apologetics. Biola offers an online Certificate in Special Education, which includes training […]

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What is a Meltdown?

Meltdown

A meltdown for a person with autism is not the same thing as a temper tantrum. This video will give you a good idea of what a meltdown is.

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Going Deeper into Autism

Autism

In April (Autism Awareness Month), I had the privilege of being interviewed by Nick Peters on his Deeper Waters podcast. Nick is a great guy and we have a few things in common. One is […]

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The R Word

Disability and Faith

How often do you refer to something as “retarded”? It seems be a regular part of our communication. But is it right? In this video I share my thoughts on it.

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Ministry and Disabilities Online Training

Disabilities

While much of what I do is encouraging churches to have the right attitude, there is an important need for training. As a result, I was very happy to see that Biblical Training is offering […]

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Ban This Word from Your Church

Disability and Faith

Do you want to make your church both disability and autism friendly? Here is a simple but difficult step to take. STOP USING THE WORD RETARDED. Yes, I realize that ‘retard’ has entered the English […]

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What is Stimming?

Disability and Faith

If you spend any time with families with autism, you will either hear about or see stimming. What is stimming? You have to watch the video for the full answer. My children with autism stim. […]

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Does God Create People With Disabilities?

Disabilities

“The question arises, however, whether God creates people with disabilities. On the one hand—yes—insofar as people with impairments of one kind or another are persons created in the image of God. But on the other […]

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Parents, Children and Group Homes

Group Homes

For some parents with children with autism, it is feasible to keep their children in their home well into adulthood. It is fantastic when that happens but it is not the story for all families. […]

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2 Big Autism Myths

Disability and Faith

There are plenty of myths about autism out there but here are the two I most often encounter: 1) People with autism can’t be touched. There are plenty of people with autism who do not […]

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What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Disability and Faith

Many people with autism have difficulty processing what is happening around them. It is easy to become overloaded. This video is an explanation of this phenomenon by someone with autism.

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Nonverbal Does Not Mean Unintelligent

Nonverbal

People say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But we do it all the time. This includes how we look at people with autism. Two of our children with autism are considered […]

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Autism and Wandering

Disability and Faith

Wandering is a very serious problem for families dealing with autism. Our son wanders and he has gone missing many times. The most recent time we almost lost him for good. Thankfully, we have had […]

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Silver Linings Have Clouds

Disabilities

As a parent of special needs children, I try to stay positive. I look at the bright side. I rejoice in the little victories. I celebrate those moments when everything works. All of that is […]

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Becoming Pre-Autism Friendly

Autism Friendly

What if you want your church to be autism-friendly but you don’t have any families with autism in your church? Image by pixaby I’m glad you asked!  This is exactly the time to be thinking […]

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Jesus’ Resurrection and Disabilities

Disabilities

Easter Sunday is the most important day for Christians. It is the day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Does this have anything to say about disabilities? When we think of the afterlife, we […]

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How to Talk to a Nonverbal Child

Nonverbal

Some people who have autism are able to communicate clearly, even if they had early delays in speaking. Other people are what is called nonverbal. Our two children with autism are nonverbal. What Does Nonverbal […]

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What Does Autism Awareness Mean?

Autism Awareness

Today is Autism Awareness Day. Individuals and organizations have been working hard to build awareness about autism. I am thankful that awareness is growing. But what does autism awareness even mean? The first step is […]

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Autism Infographic

Disability and Faith

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We can type and type about what autism is but an infographic often gets the information across much more clearly. I hope this infographic helps you. […]

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Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

Today is the beginning of autism awareness month. It is an opportunity for all of us to both grow in and to spread awareness about autism. I will be sharing a number of resources throughout […]

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What It’s Like to Have a Brother With Autism

Autism

I absolutely love this video by a young man who explains his relationship with his older brother with autism.

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Brian Doerksen and Special Needs Parenting

Disability and Faith

This is a powerful video by Brian and Joyce Doerksen on their experience as parents of special needs children. Brian Doerksen from Christian Horizons on Vimeo.

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Churches, Parents and the Vaccine Controversy

Disability and Faith

It is good for people who care about autism families to know about the autism-vaccine controversy. For those who do not know, some people believe that certain vaccines either cause autism or have some other […]

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What We Can Learn from Odin’s Birthday

Disability and Faith

It was so fun last night to watch the response to a mother’s plea for her son’s birthday. If you have not heard about Odin, you can get the basics here. Odin has Asperger’s and […]

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Let Church Go to the Dogs

Disability and Faith

What if you are a church that is aware of the needs in the autism community but do not have anyone with autism in your church? What if you want to make a difference but […]

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Helping Children to Understand

Disability and Faith

There has been a lot of work done to promote awareness, understanding and acceptance for those with special needs. That is wonderful, but most of that is aimed at helping adults. What about the children? […]

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