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 […]
Science fiction fans will appreciate this video.
This is a fun video that brings us from the 1940s to today.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
I love these old cartoons.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
This song by Hawkeye on Jimmy Fallon is so good.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This is just all kinds of awesome!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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. […]
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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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 […]
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 […]
This is a great video that reminds that autism is really about people.
I think this is an awesome idea. It is about time and I hope it continues.
I love how this church has developed a ministry to bless special needs kids and their families.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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: […]
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.
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 […]
This video gives you a sense of the experience of a nonverbal teenager with autism.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
“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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
I absolutely love this video by a young man who explains his relationship with his older brother with autism.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It is always good to hear Temple Grandin’s thoughts on autism. In many ways she is a window into autism that many cannot express.
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? […]