Benjamin Kellogg is a 21-year-old adult with autism. He lives in upstate New York and recently completed an Associate's degree in Arts and Humanities and Social Science, with a concentration in writing. His hobbies include participating in Special Olympics, playing piano, hanging out with his family and friends, playing videogames, and especially, enjoying good books.
The fall season has arrived, but my life has changed greatly since last autumn.
For the past several days, my family and I have been trying to cope with an invasion of wasps.
Over the course of the summer, my mother and I have been heading out to a park near our house to watch the sunset.
About once every summer, my mother and I make a concerted effort to clean my room out of books, magazines, and other paraphernalia which I am no longer actively reading or using.
During the July 4th holiday, I visited the county fair with my mom, a few of my aunts and uncles, and my cousin.
In the past few years, I have attempted to play a lot of sports, from baseball to soccer and even floor hockey.
What do you get when you combine an intrepid public school teacher, a classroom of young autistic adults, and a vision of partnership and mutuality? Bittersweet Farms.
Between this column, my blog, and my series of children’s books, I have been able to produce a steady stream of written material.
The first I knew that Mickey’s school was holding a student art auction was from an email from Cindy, the school principal.
Being a single mom is tough. Being a single mom of a child with disabilities is… well, even suckier.
Yes, I do know my son is almost 27 years old and can handle many more things on his own than I give him credit for, but sometimes it is so hard to step back and let that happen.
I read a fascinating article this week: Jeff Howe’s CNN Money piece, “Paying for Finn: A Special-Needs Child.”
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