Don’t Touch His “Ducks” — An Autistic Boy’s Fight to Keep his Pets

Hey! City of DeBary, Florida…Don’t touch J.J Hart’s ducks! The “ducks” in question are actually chickens that J.J’s family purchased to help supply his diet with fresh eggs. Over time, a wonderful thing happened. J.J developed a connection with the chickens and now affectionately calls them his “ducks”. You see, two-year old J.J has autism spectrum disorder; a complex disorder of the brain that causes a some children to have difficulty with communication, behavior and social interaction. The chickens are therapeutic for J.J and are helping him overcome some of his autistic traits including some of his communication hurdles.

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Support Neurodiversity at ThinkGeek

April is Autism Awareness Month, but if you’re like our house, autism awareness happens every month. That’s one of the reasons I love this shirt on ThinkGeek. Neurodiversity is a movement centered around the philosophy that autism isn’t a disease. It’s a difference in development. Sure, it’s also a disability, but that doesn’t mean we […]

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501st Legion and Me

Some people dreamed of growing up to be a storm trooper and some of us actually made it there. Since February 2011, I have been a proud and active member in the 501st Legion also known as Vader’s Fist. The 501st legion is a worldwide professional costuming club that specializes in the “bad guys” of […]

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