Judith Colihan is the Head of Career Education at the Pathway School in Norristown, PA. She is the mother of two; both of her children have autism spectrum diagnoses. Following in the footsteps of the talented therapists who worked in her son’s home-based ABA program, she began working as an ABA therapist in the home and school programs of young children with autism. This path led her to earn her Master's degree in Special Education in 2009 and permanent teaching certification in 2010. Judy is currently pursuing her doctorate in Special Education. Along the way, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and is committed to using the understanding that has come from that knowledge to have a positive impact on the lives of her own children and her students.
Now that I am entering the phase of my life I could deem “Judy, Part II,” I have spent some time considering what life as a single adult woman with Asperger’s is going to look like.
Since it has been just a shade over one year since I was blessed enough to have the opportunity to share my thoughts through the written word thanks to Autism After 16,
Last year, in one of my Career Education classes, a student put forth the question, “Why do we have to learn these things? Why does it matter?”
Somehow, we are screeching up to the end of September, and I have NO idea how that happened!
Learning to be flexible is a daunting task.
Many years ago, I had the good fortune to attend a local conference featuring Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson, authors of the book “Parenting Your Asperger Child.”
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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