First post in the series here Read it in parts, or settle down with a cuppa for a bit. DAY ONE (9/12/2011) Okay 6am...why is Karan awake? Okay. He needs to use the toilet. I wonder if I can go back to sleep after this? I dozed off for a bit but my grandmother called … Continue reading The One Where the Autism Siblings were Alone Together
Not many people understood. "I'm taking two weeks off from work in December," I said. "Oh where are you going?" they asked. "Nowhere," I replied. I was staying in Dubai and planned to spend these two weeks off looking after Karan while my parents went to India. It was hard as it was to get my … Continue reading Mission: Two weeks without Mom
That's just a small fraction of the books that was loaded into the bus that came to pick it all up a few days ago. I want to thank everyone who donated their books to raise money for Manzil. I had nearly 2,000 in my house, and my father for one, is extremely happy that … Continue reading Participate in a special Sports Carnival + the #manzilbooks update
The first time we stayed away from home, the first time we travelled far with our friends and the first time we used a sleeping bag. How many of us will remember these experiences? These and many more experiences were felt during Manzil's overnight camp at Ain Al Madhab Gardens in Fujairah. What made this … Continue reading Special needs children enjoy camping in Fujairah (via Gulf News)
One night, I don't know what came over me. I sat and tweeted everything in my mind at that moment that had to do with autism and my brother. My brother is nearly 16, and we've been living with autism since he was about 3. Thirteen years and I still haven't figured everything out...everything there … Continue reading Late night thoughts on autism
Karan has been going to START's art workshops for a while now, and when we were told there was going to be one workshop held at Park Hyatt one weekend, we stuck our names down for it. It was the Eid weekend, and since I was free I decided to go with Karan (the usual … Continue reading A fun workshop with @startworld at Park Hyatt, Dubai
Guest post by Adita Divecha, Karan's mother Last year, we (Karan, Devina and myself) went to get our Emirates ID cards done, but later on found out that since Karan was only 14 then, he did not require a card to be made. So it was his turn this year, since he'd turned 15, to … Continue reading Getting an Emirates ID card for someone with special needs
I was nervous. This was the first time I'd be placing Artism in the limelight, the first time I'd be seeing whether Karan's work would be received well by the general public. I'm happy to say it went well and I'm looking forward to the next Ramadan market by ARTE on August 26, 2011 at Dubai … Continue reading Our first @UAEArte
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"It makes me sad; not that he's different but that people can be so mean"