Saffron’s parents have instilled in her such a deep level of positivity and acceptance of her autism, that she woke up one morning and told them that she’d had a nightmare that she was neurotypical.
According to Autism Speaks and research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 68 children in the United States, (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls), are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is no specific cause, nor is there a cure for autism but this does not mean there are no interventions or treatment plans available.
Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to speak at our church on the subject of home and family, two issues at the center of my heart.
Despite increased awareness and overwhelming clinical research, one third of Americans – and nearly half of evangelical, fundamentalist, or born-again Christians - still believe prayer and Bible study alone are enough to overcome mental illness.
While there are no guarantees when having your own biological children or adopting domestically, international adoption brings risks prospective parents should be prepared to face in order to provide a safe and loving home for a child.
How can things go so wrong when you're trying to good? What do you do when someone you trust turns on you? Is there hope or any chance of healing and moving on?
Though leaders on both sides of the aisle have met to modify the original plan, the proposed changes to the Affordable Health Care Act still include significant cuts to Medicaid, putting individuals with disabilities at risk of losing vital services.