How do I use the cloud to share my files? Tuesday, Sep 27 2011 


The biggest problem we had with our autistic son’s Ipad was getting files on it easily. Sure, we could always hook it up to the computer, but that created a batch type of process and I’m really an on the fly type of guy. Thus I started looking into cloud applications for sharing documents like pictures and music.

First off, for those who don’t know a “cloud” is a remote storage area for data. Its a solution touted by the newer technology crowd. I’m not sold on it as the sole provider of services, but it works great for some stuff.

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Autism Movie Review: Temple Grandin Monday, Sep 19 2011 


If you know anything about autism then you know who Temple Grandin is, and if you don’t know anything about autism then you need to learn about Temple Grandin. Luckily HBO and a wonderfully talented group of writers, actors, producers and directors have made learning easy. They created the biopic “Temple Grandin.”

The movie takes excerpts of Temple’s life but is not quite chronological. The director uses a number of visual cues to trigger flashbacks and progress the story. As the father of a visual kid with autism I found those transitions both compelling and enlightening. They subtly convey the visual trigger aspect of autism without belaboring it.

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Don’t Panic! Monday, Sep 19 2011 


The words “Don’t Panic” will be immediately recognizable to fans of Douglas Adams and his Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series. They are inscribed on the book’s cover as a reminder to stay calm in an infinite and incomprehensible universe. As I go through the myriad permutations and ramifications of my son’s autism I also find them appropriate. Autism is also incomprehensible, and the research and work I need to do seems infinite.

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA: Part 1 Friday, Sep 9 2011 


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, is a handy federal law for parents with kids with disabilities. It protects the privacy of student education records, but it also gives parents rights to access those records. That’s the part of the law we will be chatting about today.

First off, you can find the law here on ED.gov, the Department of Education’s web portal. The site has good information everywhere, but you can read the full act online here at GPOAccess.gov. Its good reading, and we’ll be choosing a few specific parts to highlight.

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Autism Book Review: Born on a Blue Day Thursday, Sep 1 2011 


The autobiography of Daniel Tammet’s full title is “Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant.” Its a fascinating look into the way at least one autistic mind works. Tammet is twice exceptional, as he not only has autism but also has savant syndrome. Savant syndrome is a condition characterized by a special skill, ability or gift in a given area. Most people will think immediately of Rain Man and the toothpick counting scene, but it can be much more than that. From what I’ve read savant syndrome only affects 10% of the autism population.

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