Notes From the Underground: Well, Not Anymore

Every few years, I take a stab at writing a book about autism. 

Caring for a loved one with autism has been my life for twenty years. There isn’t one day that hasn’t been touched — for good or for bad — by autism. On some days, I struggled to communicate with someone, who seemed to speak a different language than I did. On others, I was amazed by the beauty and originality of his mind. In the past few years, my usual advocacy efforts to get him the right help from a public school district was amplified. All that experience should add up to a book, I thought, and even went so far as to write a few book proposals — an arduous endeavor; don’t do it.

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7 thoughts on “Notes From the Underground: Well, Not Anymore

  1. Joyous news. I know just how wonderful it is to hear the updates from school and that he wants to share cookies, experiences, and presents with you.

    Mine just texted that this weeks readings were much more interesting than last weeks, when he had decided he had to avoid wide swathes of academic learning.


  2. On of my boys just sent me a video of him opening up a can of tuna fish for the stray cat with a grinder. Because there was no can opener around.

    I do applaud the originality of mind–probably mostly grateful it didn’t involve any blood spurting.
    So yes, yes–enjoying the moment!


    1. Tell your lad he is carrying on a long and honorable tradition….

      “A hammer and chisel wasn’t just the informal method of opening these cans–it was the manufacturer’s suggested method.

      The first can opener was actually an American invention, patented by Ezra J. Warner on January 5, 1858. ”,replaced%20by%20thinner%20steel%20cans.%E2%80%9D


  3. Hey, are you watching Extraordinary Attorney Woo and if so what do you think? It’s about an attorney in Korea with autism. Just finished the third episode where she is struggling with dealing with a client who has much more severe autism and allegedly killed his brother. It’s an interesting legal show and window into South Korea, and I think succeeds at laughing with her and not at her.


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