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Emmanuelle Assor

Writer, Journalist, PR Specialist, Event Planner

What I learned at the Salon De L'Autisme

I loved the Salon de l'autisme (Autism Expo) that took place in Laval at the beginning of October. For the first time in a long while, I felt like I was in the right place at the right time with my new foster family. There were information booths everywhere; about a hundred of them; designed to suit all tastes and needs.
10/24/2014 12:50 EDT
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Don't Think of People With Autism as Belonging to a Homogenous Group

Marie Josée explains that there is a beautiful innocence in ASD. A person with autism will never try to manipulate a situation to make themselves look better. They are without malice, and they don't know how to pretend. I say what I need to and I don't mince words! My partner can attest to this. He knows I'm different, that I like to talk about stuff that is real, and he accepts me as I am.
06/04/2014 12:17 EDT

Parents of Autistic Kids Are a Lot Like Olympians

While watching the Sochi Olympics this past February I was blown away by the prowess of these young athletes defying the laws of gravity, and surprising me at every turn. Then one night I thought to myself that actually, our lives as parents with autistic children are kind of the same. Except we don't win a medal at the end.
04/11/2014 05:56 EDT
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5 More Things Everyone Should Know About Autism

I decided to bring to light some information that people should know about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). With a growing number of children living with an ASD, this information will help you better understand the experiences of these children, and their parents. The following are my last five points, though there could have been many more.
03/20/2014 08:38 EDT
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5 Things Everyone Should Know About Autism

I recently noticed that for the most part, when I talk about Autism the people around me don't really know what I am talking about. They all seem to have a vague idea about the problem, but no more. I constantly have to repeat the same information. This demonstrates clearly that we still need to educate people about Autism or ASD.
03/10/2014 12:37 EDT
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The Ups and Downs of Living With an Autistic Child

A year after our child was given an ASD diagnosis, the word "Autism" still burns my tongue. It is a difficult word to say, but an even harder reality to come to terms with. There have been many positive lessons learned in 2013, which have been accompanied by many difficulties.
01/22/2014 12:08 EST
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Autism: The Day Our Lives Changed Forever

When you have a "special" child you automatically become a "special" parent. Some parents will say that their children's autism has given meaning to their lives. That it unlocked a new-found spirituality within them. Not us. Not yet. Our child's autism has not added any sense of purpose to our lives.
12/05/2013 08:02 EST
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Autism Doesn't Just Happen to Other People

"Your son lives in a parallel universe." That was the first blow. A harsh sentence uttered by the teacher in charge of the little family daycare center my son had been attending for a few months. It was announced that our son had a "problem." That was in February 2012. A lot has happened since then...
12/03/2013 10:36 EST