Monday, November 25, 2013

41. College...

In October, Michael attended an introductory engineering class at UCCS. I wasn't sure how my six year old would like it, but gave it a shot.

On his last day of his college class I asked Michael if he misses college and if he wanted to go back?

His eyes lit up, "When does it start again?"

"In February," I said, "do you want to go back?"


What six year old kid likes college?



His next class will begin in February and he will be disecting... BUGS! Bleeech!!!!

40. The North Star...

One evening, Michael and I went to get an ice cream cone.

As we are driving Michael asks,” Mom is that the North Star?” pointing to a star in the sky.

“No honey, the North Star is the brightest star in the sky,” I respond (not knowing at the time it was the WRONG answer).

We drive for another minute when I see the brightest star in the sky (which happens to be Venus) and say, “Michael look, there’s the North Star.”

Michael immediately responds, “But North is THAT way. I thought the North Star was in the North,” pointing behind us.

“You’re right,” I answer, realizing I gave him the wrong answer, “you’re so smart!”

I am now convinced that if there is a “smarts gene” it skipped a generation, namely ME.

I have since learned that Polaris is the North Star and it is NOT the brightest star in the sky, but does always appear due North.

Once again… way to go Mom!

Autism Benefits in Colorado

At the end of October of this year, I gave a news interview to KOAA regarding the troubling reduced ABA autism benefits in Colorado come 2014.

We have an autism mandate here in Colorado of $34,000 per year per kid, until the age of 9 and $12,000 from 9-12. This translated into 1747 sessions per year per kid for my children.

Come 2014, thanks for the "affordable" care act, Colorado has translated $34,000 per year per kid into 550 sessions per year per kid at 25 minutes a session. This doesn't even come close to what we received before.

I was informed today by the news reporter, Maddie, that on December 2, DORA will hold a meeting to discuss changing the ABA limits. I am excited and I will be there.

Cari Brown, a mother from Fort Collins, CO saw the interview and contacted Maddie. She also started a petition to get the ABA rules changed: 

Please sign this and share it. If you can and are available, please come to the meeting on December 2nd at 1 pm. Meeting will be held at 1560 Broadway, Ste 850, Denver CO 80202.