When Greg painted dots on the dining room wall with his scented markers, the family painted over them. As each new dot appeared, the family did its best to hide it, a metaphor for this family’s survival under the “law of autism.”
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When award-winning author, Martha Squaresky, decided to write a novel, she compiled years of incredible stories about raising her autistic son, which she had shared with her 8th grade reading students and wrote a memoir. Her first writing in which she described inclusion and her family’s search for education and services that fit her son’s unique needs earned her the Outstanding Affiliate Article in 1998 for the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). Her memoir described Greg’s fall from inclusion into a more restrictive environment and the family’s struggles to help Greg be happy and productive despite his limitations. Martha continues her saga in her blog, ourautismjourney.com, an entertaining and informative look at the family’s continued adventures with Greg. Martha recently retired from teaching after a thirty-four year career and looks forward to writing her second memoir.
This article was featured in Issue 52 – Celebrating the Voices of Autism