Rebecca Faye Smith Galli is a freelance writer and columnist who resides in Lutherville, Maryland. She serves on the Board of Directors for Pathfinders for Autism. You can learn more about her and read more of her work at From Where I Sit.
I saw stars. We had just finished the 30-day review meeting of Madison’s adult placement.
Maybe I came to visit too soon. “Can I see the mark?” I asked near the end of our FaceTime session. “Sure,” the assistant said.
She did it. She wore the cap and gown. I knew she would “graduate.” We have been checking off therapy and educational goals since she was 13 months old.
I was ready for the meeting, but still felt unprepared. We were to discuss a change in programming for Madison—that part was nothing new.
It was Tuesday. Finally, we were back on our lunch-with-Mommy schedule and were ordering our usual McDonald’s lunch ...
Her brother was jealous. “Do you think you’ll make it home in time for Madison’s birthday party?” I asked.
Being a self-advocate in the autism community for the past several years has definitely had a few perks here and there.
Last night I had a dream that found me raging through my childhood home. For some reason, I was very angry with my family.
Every day I live with and struggle to compensate for my autism.
“I don’t think it’s safe to go,” I texted my sitter. “Let me call the office.”
I attended a focus group this week. A new venture is being developed with the intent of providing a unique six to nine-month internship experience for young adults with disabilities.
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