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Switched MFA Program to Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction!

Exciting things are happening in 2018! After my last residency at FDU, and subsequent semester, I decided to switch MFA programs. So, January started off with a residency in Greensburg, PA on the beautiful Seton Hill Campus. Why did I switch? Too many reasons to list, but let’s just say …

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I’m ALWAYS Lost! Nothing has Changed; Place-Blindness on Campus; An Extremely Frazzled MFA Residency Experience

Does anyone else have to constantly look back at their life, and the things that they wrote in the past to remind themselves that they have been through this before? Lately, I have gone back and read my old blog posts, even parts of my memoir to be reminded that …

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Disney, Autism and Place Blindness: They Hid the Concierge from Me; Why would they DO that?

Disney Caribbean beach resort autism place blindness

Every wonder what place blindness looks like?  Here is an example of what happens when you have autism, experience place blindness and are visiting Disney World. I am still technically on vacation. Today we will begin our trek back up to the North Country from Orlando , Florida. I’ve been …

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Could Universal Studio’s Volcano Bay, be the only truly accessible Water Park for Autistic Children? We will see…

We love Harry Potter, and so visits to Universal Studios are always a fantastic time–especially combined with the fact that they have an excellent accommodations system.  In previous visits to Orlando, we have evaluated accommodations for attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventure (which includes Harry …

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Disney’s Response to a Frantic Mom’s Email, and Our Plan

After I sent my frantic email and panic over how I would navigate Disney’s DAS pass in order for my children to be able to access Disney’s attractions, I patiently (or maybe not so patiently) awaited a response.  Honestly, I was expecting a generic policy directed response, in the form …

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A Frantic Email to Walt Disney World Disability Services

As Promised I am sharing my frantic email to WDW Disability Services after reading through their Disability Assistance Services available to those on the autism spectrum. I understand that our situation (as is each and every family everywhere) is unique, but many of our concerns as families on the spectrum …

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Terrified to Visit Disney with the Boys: Fear about the DAS Pass

The last time our family visited Walt Disney World was in May of 2012, before the little guy was born. We traveled with three boys on the spectrum, Adam then 13, Matt, 8, and Thomas 1 year and 3 months. During that trip, we went to the Magic Kingdom and …

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Six Flags Great Escape: A-Rating for Accommodations

A few weeks ago our family drove down to Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, about a two-hour drive, for our first visit of the season AND our first visit with our youngest non-verbal son. It has been more than two years since we last visited Six Flags. Family …

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Autism Camping: Who are these kids; and what did they do with mine?

We reached our first stop after 10pm so the campground was dark and quiet, which was our first concern because this family is anything but quiet. Hubby and I were concerned about this camping thing because there is usually so much prep needed in taking the kids out. He had …

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Getting Ready for Our First Camping Trip

I know someone is bound to say that this is not “real” camping, but this is the most camping we have ever done….so for us this is camping! The brief run down of Aspie Family Vacation usually goes something like….Mom wants to go on vacation, everyone complains. Mom plans herself …

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