Saturday, October 6, 2012

21, Autistic and Having a Party

From Motherlode parenting blog.

For his 21st birthday, my son received cards from friends, relatives and a favorite elementary-school teacher, yet few of these well wishes were printed with his age. In searching out my own card for him, I soon learned why. Tag lines that start, “So you’re 21?’ ” often end with instructions to go out and tie one on; as my son is on the autism spectrum, such advice would have been in dubious taste. Yet as much as I appreciated the senders’ thoughtfulness, I found myself thinking: another difference. Again.

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