A Friendly’s Song

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I feel like I have au-kward moments every other day, rather than every week. This makes sense, though, considering I have two twin sisters with autism that are very vocal, charismatic, and outgoing. Luckily, this week was extra special. I went home from college for the weekend and went to Friendly’s with my mother, father, […]

Monkey Business

During my time as a summer camp counselor working with children on the spectrum, we took a field trip to the local zoo. I stepped away from the group to take one of the younger girls in the group to the restroom. Once we got there, this young girl noticed an older, African-American janitor cleaning […]

I Mustache You A Question

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In college, I worked as a Community Support Worker for a 12-year-old girl on the autism spectrum who had a funny obsession with mustaches. During the holiday season, we went to the mall wearing fake mustaches per her request, and while we stood in line waiting to meet Santa, a young boy in front of […]

Confused Cheerleader: A Lesson in Miscommunication

As Communications Executive of both The Autism Research Foundation (TARF) and Athletes 4 Autism (A4A), I helped coordinate A4A’s filming with the NESN sports channel last February. The filming featured Sean Escobedo, a defenseman for the BU men’s ice hockey team at the time, and his A4A buddy Derek. Although Derek was one of A4A’s first participants, […]

How to Navigate Au-kward Social Moments

Au-kward situations come in all shapes and sizes. They can be big or small, loud or silent, seen or unseen. Sometimes there is no predicting an au-kward moment making them more challenging than most. The most important thing to keep in mind is that these moments are unavoidable. Even typical awkward moments are impossible to […]

Why We Should Share Awkward Moments

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My cousin has autism. When people we know learn about his diagnosis, their initial reactions are “oh, I’m so sorry to hear that!” While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it still just doesn’t feel like a good thing. First and foremost, Mikey is a person: who has hobbies, interests, intellect and feelings, even though […]