Once your child with autism is past the age of 18, he is an adult. At 21, the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) no longer applies. Your child is no longer your legal dependent, and fewer options are available for education, therapy, and parent ..
On a hot September afternoon in 2001, my son was born. ‘My little boy,’ I said, and the words felt wonderful. I was 39 when I had George*. The pregnancy had been tricky, but here he was in my arms, rosy and beautiful. I assumed that motherhood would make me gentler. Kinder. Calmer. I was wrong. Fast-forward five years and my son, still beautiful, still rosy, is in a room in a clinic. I’m sitting on a hard, plastic chair alongside his father, while our 18-month-old daughter Flora* plays at our feet ..