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Is there life after the words, your child has autism?

Jan 17, 2014 | One Comment
Is there life after the words, your child has autism?

Here’s an article we did for Parent guide news. Good tips for parents when you’re first hear the words, your child has autism. http://www.parentguidenews.com/Articles/ItsAutism Life after the diagnosis.

Red Bird Shaun of the Dead

Oct 26, 2013 | No Comments
Red Bird Shaun of the Dead

Some of you know that Kennedy Athena has been learning to make movies. She saw the trailer for Shaun of the Dead on Youtube (still trying to figure out how) and decided to make her own version with her Angry Birds dolls. I taught her some basics on iMovie the rest she learned on her […]

Disney’s new Disability Assistance Service fails to address the real problem – FRAUD

Oct 21, 2013 | 35 Comments
Disney’s new Disability Assistance Service fails to address the real problem – FRAUD

By Andrew Areffi, Melissa Areffi, and Heather Swarner By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about Disneyland, Walt Disney World, etc doing away with the Guest Assistance Card (GAC).  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this pass and the controversy surrounding it, here’s the lowdown.  GAC was a pass that allowed users with a disability […]

AUTISM VOLUNTEERS WORKING MOTHERS

Sep 14, 2013 | One Comment
AUTISM VOLUNTEERS WORKING MOTHERS

Lately, I have heard about schools and “volunteering.”  We have all been there.  Private schools, public schools, charter schools, special schools.  It really doesn’t matter, does it?  It’s like the Sopranos of the PTA.  As a parent of 3 kids with autism, balancing work and family is interesting, to say the least.  Ask any parent […]

Dangerous Misinterpretation of an Autism Study

Aug 17, 2013 | No Comments
Dangerous Misinterpretation of an Autism Study

This is an article that was supposed to run back in February but the company dropped the ball or chickened out. We suspect the latter possibility. Since the information is still very valid we’ll share it here with you. By Andrew Areffi, Melissa Areffi, and Richard Foss The media has suffered another Manti Te’o fact […]

Bella on Zombies

Aug 7, 2013 | No Comments
Bella on Zombies

As the saying goes, kids say the darnedest things. Because of that, we’ve decided to chronicle and share some of our kids more interesting conversations. I hope you enjoy. Our eldest daughter, Kennedy, is a huge Michael Jackson fan.  Recently, I showed her the Thriller video and up walks her younger sister, Bella, right at […]