About Us

About Us

I am a *cough* 43-year-old mom of 4 amazingly active little boys. Jack is almost 8, whip-smart, has a smile that will melt your heart and high-functioning autism. Lennon is my 6 1/2-year-old little devil with the face of an angel – he is also apparently made of moxie and rubber. Kieran is my 4 1/2-year-old baby monkey, determined to do every single thing his brothers are doing. Kai joined the team this past fall, and he’s the pride and joy of his big brothers. My husband David is my co-zookeeper.

 

This is Us

I am a stay-at-home-mom (sahm) with entirely too much education for my own good.  I need somewhere to exercise (and exorcise) my English degree, and this is as good a place as any.  I’m pretty sure the folks at the elementary school and on Facebook will agree.

We lived in Hollywood until three years ago, when we packed up and moved to Canada, just South of Vancouver.  We went from surreality to Beautiful British Columbia, and as is usual with us, there is never a dull moment.

It’s been an interesting trip, this parenting road we’re on, with more than a few bumps and pit stops along the way. Autism has been more than a passenger, it’s become part of the trip itself. And as with any good trip, the journey is as important as the destination. So why not make the journey fun?

I would like to share our experiences, our trials and our adventures. Autism colors everything we do, but it’s not always a bad thing. Autism has afforded us opportunities we wouldn’t have had otherwise, and insight and patience we definitely wouldn’t have learned quite as quickly. It’s also a handy-dandy excuse for living life a little off the beaten path. Not that we needed one.

Welcome to our adventure.

**** Wendy

Parenthood is A Trip                   Parenthood is A Trip, Too

photos: Chris Weeks

 

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And now for the caveat…

There are a lot of politics surrounding autism.  We don’t know what causes it definitively, but we do know it can’t be “cured.”  The spectrum of disorders is as vast as the opinions surrounding it.

I will say definitively that I don’t believe vaccinations had anything to do with my son’s autism – I know he was born this way.  That doesn’t mean I don’t think there haven’t been instances where vaccinations have damaged children, creating spectrum-like disorders. While not taking anything away from the very real pain and suffering these families endure, I simply don’t believe that is “true” autism.

I don’t wish to engage in heated discourse about the causes of autism here – I want only to create a place where parents and families and individuals touched by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can come to laugh and share about it.  Laughter is a much better medicine than most, and let’s be honest – autism is funny.  In every definition of the word.  So let’s not fight – let’s laugh.  Together.

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  • Miriam Harter

    Dear Wendy,
    I am truly at a loss for words. We have not heard from you or any of your family in so long. I did not know of your autistic child. I know there is nothing I can do, but I am grateful that you are able to deal so well with all the problems you face. I am sending your email to Kitty Lei. She has a neighbor in Minneapolis (Daniel -about 13) who is autistic. His Mother is like you and has been so attentive and helpful for Daniel. We read much these days and share the articles we come across.
    I don’t know if Arthur and Steve are in touch at all. Arthur got a Masters in finance at the U. of Denver just in time to not get a job. However he manages his own account and hopefully something will come along. Jo married and now has a baby girl, They were here last week to visit since she will go back to work at the U. of Wisconsin hospital part-time in April. This will up-date you on the Harter happenings. The neighborhood has changed since the Kramers were here, but has not changed much in the last couple of years.
    I see you are moving to Vancouver so Keep in Touch
    My love,
    Mrs. Harter and family

  • Would you consider writing a guest post on my blog for November or December? I think people not familiar with autism and how it affects a family might be interested in anything you might have to say. Please let me know. You can get my email on my About page. Thanks for your consideration.

    Tom

    • Wendy

      Hey Tom! Sorry for the late reply – I’d be honoured! Send me an email and we’ll work it out. 🙂

  • Moshalas

    It turns out that Autism is also literally a trip. There is a substance called bufotenin, which has been detected in the urine of many autistics. Apparently, they’re saying that it behaves in a similar way to other psychoactives, such as LSD.

    Whether this is true or not, I will always believe that this is the way that all us autistics deserve to be. It is my birthright to live life in unusual ways and bring happiness to myself and others.

    • Wendy

      That’s fascinating… and I completely agree. Welcome!! 🙂

  • Hi, I am the founder and creator of Know Autism? I see that you have graciously recommended my page so I wanted to personally thank you. Love this site as well. Thanks for doing what you do!!

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  • Guest

    I believe that Autism is actually a part of evolution. If you look at the history of autism, it seems to have started when our society started to become very noisy, busy and colorful. I suspect that we are evolving to better tolerate the environment. We know nothing of evolution because of the extreme amount of time it takes.