As Autism Awareness Month gets under way, it is an apt time to honor Louise Whitbeck Fraser, a pioneer in special education whose heart for children led to new initiatives and opportunities for individuals with special needs.
In the winter of 1985, Tom Balcom recounted the story of Louise Fraser in a Hennepin County Historical Society publication. When independent film producer Tim Moodie learned of the story recently he approached Fraser, the organization named for her in 2001, about developing it into a film. Once funding is secured, Twin Cities Public Television will collaborate with Moodie to develop a feature film highlighting Louise Fraser’s work with individuals with disabilities and its lasting impact on a local and national level.
As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on March 7, 2014 Every year nearly 600,000 Americans start a new business. Within five years most will be defunct and few will be profitable. It is one thing to dream about abandoning the paycheck for one’s passion. It ‘s quite another to have the tools and
As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on February 14, 2014. It was no coincidence Matt Birk suggested we meet for coffee at St. Paul’s La Patisserie to discuss his first book, “All-Pro Wisdom: The Seven Choices that Lead to Greatness.” Though the former Minnesota Vikings center now makes his home in Florida,
A PROVOCATIVE PIECE.. As seen in the Huffington Post, April 2012 By Liane Kupferberg Carter Freelance Writer Huffington Post Blogger I don’t know how to do this. There’s no book for taking the next step. No Fiske’s Guide to Colleges. No Barron’s. When our son Jonathan was preparing to leave
Searching for the Magic Forest
As seen in the Huffington Post, April 18, 2012. Time can be our ally. It can also be our adversary. For months now I have been marking its passage with ever-growing dread. By the end of May, our school district will have fulfilled its mandate to educate my son. As its’ obligation is being extinguished,
The Brain – Making New Connections
On September 30, 2011, I wrote a column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press about Jimmy Reagan, a young adult with autism who is an emerging artist (http://bit.ly/ntyE0A). In this guest blog post, his mother, Peg Schneeman Reagan, provides a fascinating update. Over the last six months, Jimmy’s art has been growing in ways that
Camphill Communities: Supported living for adults with ASD
A growing number of young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are reaching adulthood. Families are searching for options and opportunities; for living arrangements that work and employment opportunities that are well designed and meaningful. In the coming weeks, I will highlight programs and opportunities that are in place. It’s a starting point for families like
Autism and the transition to adulthood: it’s not a sprint
My guest blog post that appeared on Laura Shumaker’s San Francisco Chronicle blog (SFgate.com) on October 20, 2011. I sat down at the table for our 2 p.m. meeting and looked up at the clock. We were about to design my son’s last IEP (Individualized Education Plan) – the roadmap for his final services from