As I continue to celebrate Exceptional Children’s Week, I wanted to re-post one of my most popular essays. “What Were You Doing In Middle School?” was originally posted on this site two years ago, as a part of my Autism Awareness series. It was also featured on the front page of the of Huffington Post Parents. This is the essay from which I have received the most feedback. I received so many texts and private emails asking for more information about how to start a program like this at other schools. In fact, I have a friend who was taking a class at the University of Georgia, and the professor referenced this essay. How cool is that? I’m not mentioning this to toot my own horn, but rather show how important inclusion is to the lives of special needs student. Bear moves on to high school next year and we’re going to miss our peer buddies very much. I cannot thank our middle school enough for supporting this program!
P.S. Today is Bear’s first track meet of the season!
Autism Angels: The Peer Buddies
A few weeks ago, I shared a post about my son Barrett’s first track meet. In that post, I explained that Barrett wouldn’t be able to be on the team, if it weren’t for the village of people who support him. One of those villagers is a young man named Tommy Rhodes. Tommy’s been going to practice with Bear and running with him in the meets, even though he’s not on the track team. Tommy is an autism peer at Barrett’s Middle School. He’s one of many. Forty students volunteer in the Awesome Class, the school’s adopted name for Barrett’s class. Continue reading Exceptional Children’s Week: Peer Buddies