Ottawa chef cooks up plan to help young adults with autism in the kitchen

OTTAWA — For years, Christine Alexander, the executive chef and owner of Grenfell Catering Delights, stood behind her deli counter teaching young adults with autism from a nearby centre to use her debit machine to buy sandwiches, cookies and drinks. “The service worker would always speak for them and interact for them. I said, ‘You … Continue reading Ottawa chef cooks up plan to help young adults with autism in the kitchen

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One of the most stupid things to say to special needs families

I've heard this line a million times, and believe me when I say that I constantly want to punch whoever says this ridiculous line to me: God only gives special needs children to those who can handle it" ... or any variation on the same. Honestly ... if that's the only thing that comes to … Continue reading One of the most stupid things to say to special needs families

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with the letter “a”

I guess people who deal with special needs of any form can identify with this. Often, it feels like having a superpower - the power to spot special needs where others don't. I know it sounds overbearing, awful and sad. Some people don't have external, identifying "marks" of having a special need. But I can see … Continue reading I spy with my little eye, something beginning with the letter “a”

Autism awareness month supported by Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Note: I don't normally post press releases on my blog, but I felt this one warranted a post 🙂 There's a few activities for members of the public to get involved with, so if you're in Abu Dhabi around that time, why not? As part of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts’ international Global Month of Service, … Continue reading Autism awareness month supported by Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Accept the difference. Don’t ignore it.

The following image from http://www.postsecret.com When I saw this post, I started thinking about those who deny the existence of special needs in their children, and withhold from them the opportunity to get any therapy that might be needed. I've come across those who are offended at the idea that their child might have "something … Continue reading Accept the difference. Don’t ignore it.