Keisha’s Doors: An Autism Story Book One was published in 2005 by Speech Kids Texas Press, Inc. It was the recipient of the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Finalist Award for “Best First Book.” The author, Marvie Ellis, also included a multicultural, gender, and bilingual crossover in this book which few children’s special needs books offer. Mrs. Ellis stated, “It is important that African-American children see and read books about other African-American children with special needs. Children need to see books that reflect not only their heritage but their family and social environment.”
About the author:
Marvie Ellis is a national consultant for parents and educators regarding autism and other communication disorders, a certified pediatric speech-language pathologist, and an author of two award winning children’s illustrated autism books:
Keisha’s Doors: An Autism Story Book One and Tacos Anyone? An Autism Story Book Two
Additional Source for author Marvie Ellis: http://www.authorstourusa.com/marvie-ellis.html
Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day
My Brother Charlie
Holly Robinson Peete & Ryan Elizabeth Peete
a heartwarming story about a boy who happens to be autistic, based on Holly’s son, who has autism.
“Charlie has autism. His brain works in a special way. It’s harder for him to make friends. Or show his true feelings. Or stay safe.” But as his big sister tells us, for everything that Charlie can’t do well, there are plenty more things that he’s good at. He knows the names of all the American presidents. He knows stuff about airplanes. And he can even play the piano better than anyone he knows.
Actress and national autism spokesperson Holly Robinson Peete collaborates with her daughter on this book.
Not My Boy!: A Dad’s Journey with Autism
Rodney gives a rare, raw and real account of getting the diagnosis of autism for his son, accepting and the journey of life with autism.
Autism affects four times as many boys as it does girls. For their fathers, expectations and hopes are drastically changed as NFL star Rodney Peete’s were when his son R.J. was diagnosed at the age of three. After a period of anger and denial, an all-too-common reaction among fathers, Rodney joined his wife, Holly, in her efforts to help their son. With determination, love, and understanding, the family worked with R.J. to help him once again engage with the world.
Eight challenging years later, R.J. has gone from the son one doctor warned would never say “I love you” to a thriving, vibrant boy who scored his first soccer goal while his dad cheered from the sidelines.
Holly’s foundation, HollyRod, supports families living with autism and Parkinson’s disease: http://www.hollyrod.org/autism/my-brother-charlie/#.Uzo3FFdJNyN
- Fariha Roison (via voirsully)
Sunday Morning - Maroon 5
Love this song
This album was great
this album is still on rotation
their best album. everything after that was garbage
"guess since im a white man im not allowed to have opinions"
your opinions have shaped the world we live in today not being catered to for 83.9 seconds will not fuckin kill you
If I am ten minutes late to class with Starbucks it would be a funny but benignly sexist joke if I was a white girl, but because I’m a Black girl then it means that I don’t take my education seriously and maybe do not deserve my academic scholarship.
If my grammar in a paper is not impeccable then it’s because I can’t speak “proper” English and maybe I should be in a remedial class and not an English major. If I am struggling in a class then instead of being directed towards a tutor, I will be encouraged to drop the course.
If I do not have a flawless transcript and academic record then I am unlikely to be encouraged to apply for prestigious fellowships and scholarships, even while non-Black classmates who have the same transcript will be funneled into these programs.
To a non-Black person all of this might sound highly improbable or exaggerated. And yet, this is my life. And it’s the life of many other Black students at PWI’s.
And so it’s no wonder that many Black students at PWI’s learn to over-compensate by attempting to excel beyond their classmates. It is no coincidence that many Black students cannot relate to the hegemonic narrative of college in which students party and occasionally attend class all while largely being protected from the “real world.”
College is a microcosm of the real world for Black students who deal with the omnipresent threat of being viewed as not good enough. And even when we excel beyond our classmates, at the end of the day we will be followed by police and harassed and questioned about whether we’re even students.
The scrutiny encourages unhealthy coping mechanisms. Tokenism after all is cumulative of what occurs when white supremacy, perfectionism, and capitalist notions of individualism and the need to be productive all collide and pressure Black folks to forget they’re human like everybody else."
(PWIs are Predominantly White Institutions)
- Mod D.